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Mahalo From Na Pali Coast ‘Ohana

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

…The Na Pali Coast `Ohana wishes to express mahalo nui loa to all the participants, logistical support, volunteers, sponsors and Evan and his family. The awareness continues to be raised with each passing year of the sacred quality and ecological fragility of Na Pali. The donations generated by the event have supported the NPCO’s unified efforts of restoration, education, and preservation. This past year saw lots of late rains and the first team that came into Nu’alolo Kai for work access had their hands full of clearing the winter’s growth over the trails, sites, and new areas of invasive plants. We experienced torrential rains and thunderstorms that revealed 5 waterfalls going off in normally dry areas. Following accesses focused on weeding and clearing the native plant nursery and goat exclosure. An indication of how far the `Ohana has come over the years is that wauke was harvested from the garden and pounded for tapa that will be used in the re internment of iwi kupuna and offered to the founding kumu hula at the recent international hula conference held here on Kaua’i. The conference also brought in a huaka`i of participants from around the world to experience first hand this storied place in chant and dance. They offered ho’okupu beneath the peak of Kamaile and were able to see first hand the many wahi pana, sacred sites of Na Pali. Work continues this summer with a mason team coming in to continue restoration work on the walls and compounds damaged by goats and eroded over time. The team consists of cultural practitioners from the west side and Haena working side by side and following in the footsteps and hand holds of their ancestors. A youth group will come in to learn cultural values and stewardship firsthand in a place based learning setting. We all appreciate how the ocean continues to connect us and provide access to a living vibrant practice of Aloha`Aina, Malama Kai. To all of you, we extend heartfelt gratitude and prayers for the safety that arises from recognizing and being in harmony with the elements and rhythms of a powerful and awe inspiring place on earth.



Kelvin Ho NPCO

Photos Courtesy of Na Pali Coast `Ohana. © Cat Ho

2013 Prize Purse Breakdown

Saturday, July 27th, 2013

Na Pali Race 2013 Update $13,000 Prize Purse

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013


A visually & physically breath-taking ocean race for SUP, Traditional Paddleboard, OC1 & OC2  paddlers.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Kauai’s breathtaking Na Pali coastline tops the bucket list of every distance ocean paddler. This remote coast is best appreciated from the ocean… the highly protected Kalalau Valley, towering convoluted sea cliffs, and stretches of tropical coastline otherwise inaccessible. So it is with much excitement this year that on August 4, two prestigious races will join forces for an unprecedented journey that features all disciplines of paddling.

The Na Pali Race – an elite paddleboard race for standup paddlers, traditional paddleboarders, OC1 and OC2- will join with the annual Na Pali Challenge canoe event – for OC6-man canoe teams. This will round out a mammoth weekend for paddle sports with the State Canoe Sprint Races scheduled the day prior – Saturday, August 3, at Hanalei Bay – also on Kauai’s North Shore.

The Na Pali Challenge OC6 race will start first – 8am at Hanalei – and travel 39 miles to a finish at Waimea. All other classes of the Na Pali Race will follow, making staggered starts from Haena County Beach Park, traveling 17 miles to Polihale State Beach Park. Expect finishers to arrive between 1pm and 3pm.

“I am very excited to have these events run simultaneously this year,” said Evan Valiere, Na Pali Race event organizer.

“It is a special opportunity to have this many paddlers on Kauai island, sharing their passion for paddling and the ocean. Many paddle athletes participate in a variety of disciplines, so this is the perfect opportunity for them to pick their preferred equipment and celebrate the exhilaration of paddling the Na Pali.”

The Na Pali Race will continue its support of the Na Pali Coast ‘Ohana – a grassroots non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the natural and cultural heritage of the Na Pali Coast State Park. There will be a donation drawing with great prizes and a portion of event proceeds will be donated to the Na Pali Coast ‘Ohana.

Na Pali Race Productions, LLC is also proud to announce the $13,000 prize purse for 2013. Thanks to the generous contributions of our sponsors and the support of the Kaua’i paddle community we are able to continue promoting an elite paddleboard race and charity event!

Please view website for more event information at There will be updates about how to enter, prize purse breakdown and awards, logistics such as board shipping, caddy service, shuttle van transport, and race rules and safety.

The Na Pali Challenge OC6 Race can be found at:

Info for the State Canoe Race can be found: .


Men’s Paddleboard: Hogan Kania (California) 2:55:09, 2011

Men’s SUP: Livio Manelau (HI) 2:22:30, 2010

Women’s Paddleboard: Kanesa Duncan-Seraphin (HI) 3:00:52, 2011

Women’s SUP: Mariko Strickland (HI) 3:09:17, 2011


Friday, July 27th, 2012


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Calm seas, light winds and the presence of Hokule’a set a stunning stage but made for hot and heavy paddling for 125 entrants who raced the 17-mile Na Pali Coast course last weekend. While no records were broken due to the flat conditions, many came close to their best times from the first two years of the race. Kaeo Abbey & Mariko Strickland claimed SUP honors, while Hogan Kania & Erin Wascher won the traditional paddleboard division.

The Hokule’a Polynesian voyaging canoe moored close by overnight as racers and the Na Pali Coast ‘Ohana (guardians of the coast) celebrated with kava, food and good spirit on Friday night. Come the start on Saturday morning, the Hokule’a sailed north as racers headed west, making for a memorable start.

More than $15,000 and prize surfboards from Art In Surf and Tamba Surf Co. were awarded to top finishers in each category.

“The Na Pali coast is the best coastline in the world,” said Kaeo Abbey, who was the fastest of all finishers, paddling an SUP open class board. “It’s breathtaking. This race has the potential to be the best SUP race in the world. The prize money’s great, but what trumps all is the setting and the scenery. Awesome.”
TOP finishers:

Kaeo Abbey – men’s SUP open class – 2 hours, 45 minutes, 23 seconds
Mariko Strickland – women’s SUP open class – 3:13:02

Kirk Ziegler – men’s SUP 14-foot class – 2:51:26
Nicole Madosik – women’s SUP 14-foot class – 3:28:12

Hogan Kania – men’s stock paddleboard – 2:56:19
Erin Wascher – women’s stock paddleboard – 3:43:45

Ryan Foley – men’s SUP 12’6″ – 2:56:20
Natalia Smith – women’s SUP 12’6″ – 3:48:27 (youngest competitor at 16)

Nick Marvin – men’s Kauai style surfboard – 3:34:57
Lynn Ham Young – women’s Kauai style surfboard – 3:54:38

For complete results, please CLICK HERE.

Mahalo to all who supported and participated in the event.


RECORDS still stand:
Men’s Paddleboard: Hogan Kania (California) 2:55:09, 2011
Men’s SUP: Livio Manelau (HI) 2:22:30, 2010
Women’s Paddleboard: Kanesa Duncan-Seraphin (HI) 3:00:52, 2011
Women’s SUP: Mariko Strickland (HI) 3:09:17, 2011


Surftech Boards for Rent

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Boards were all rented out.  Thank you Surftech.


Na Pali Race Announces $15,550 Prize Purse for 2012

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Na Pali Race 2012
$15,550 Prize Purse

Please read thoroughly and carefully for complete understanding.
The Na Pali Race event organizers reserve the right under the sole discretion of the event organizer to reallocate prize money and/ or grand prize product awards (Surfboards and Stand Up Paddleboard Prizes) if these minimum standards of participation are not met:

-All divisions need to have a minimum of 10 entrants in order to qualify for a money prize and / or grand product prize (SUP or Surfboard) race.  A minimum of 3 participants will qualify the division for trophy, and recognition race
-Overall Prize Purse groups need to have a minimum of 20 total participants of same gender, on equipment that falls under the overall prize purse category to determine the overall top three winners (20 total PDB, 20 total SUP Men & 20 total SUP Women on race boards)
-All listed divisions will receive trophy/ awards if there is minimum of 3 or more participants
-See below for other rules

-There is a (1) bonus of $500 for the individual Male or Female SUP paddler if they complete the race as Overall SUP winner and are is using a 12’6 Stock SUP. Bonus & division included would earn them a total win of $3,000.

Prize money is not coming from entry fees. We just want to encourage a legitimate and competitive race.

8 SUP’s and 2 Surfboard Product Prizes are noted

Prize Purse, Awards and DIvisions Recognized:
All divisions listed will receive trophies for top 3 finishers

Paddleboard                                                                      1st                                  2nd       3rd

Overall PDB  (UL or Stock, Male or Female) $2,000 $700 $350
Unlimited PDB
Overall Stock PDB $500 + Surfboard $200 $100
Overall Women PDB $500 + Surfboard $200 $100
50 + Paddleboard
(qualify for $ or prize via board class)

Stand Up Paddleboard                                                                                    1st                                  2nd       3rd

Overall SUP Men (Any board- UL, 14’, 12’6 / Any Age 50+) $2,000 $700 $350
Unlimited SUP Men SUP Prize
Unlimited SUP Women SUP Prize
14’ Class top 3 overall Male or Female $500 + SUP Prize $200 $100
14’ Class Women SUP Prize
12’6 Class top 3 overall Male or Female $500 + SUP Prize $200 $100
12’6 Class Women SUP Prize
50+ SUP Men (qualify for $ or prize via board class)
50+ SUP Women (qualify for $ or prize via board class)
Overall SUP Women
(Any board- UL, 14’, 12’6 / Any Age 50+)
$2,000 $700 $350

Surfboard SUP            1st                       2nd    3rd

Surfboard SUP Men $500 + SUP Prize $200 $100
Surfboard SUP Women $500 + SUP Prize $200 $100

OC-1              1st     2nd     3rd

OC-1 Men $500 $200 $100
OC-1 Women $500 $200 $100

-All board class divisions are open age groups
-50 + age group is anyone older than 50 years of age on race day, also entered into specific board class
-50+ age group paddlers can win their specific age division 50+ award, their specific board division award (Stock PDB, Unlimited PDB, 12’6 SUP, 14’ SUP, or Unlimited SUP), and the overall prize purse award
-In Paddleboard and SUP divisions participants can win their specific division prize money as well as the overall finish placing and prize money for the overall prize purse

-A participant will not be allowed to win two grand product prizes of Surfboard or SUP products unless race officials deem it appropriate

view more event rules at

Board Shipping Oahu to Kauai

Sunday, June 10th, 2012

Board Transport Service

Board Transport Oahu to Kauai, Returning Kauai to Oahu, shipping via Young Brothers container
Loading takes place Monday July 16 from 7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at 1331 N. Nimitz Hwy, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817

Simply drop your board off with Na Pali Race staff at the port in Honolulu, who will safely load and handle your board into container.

Na Pali Race staff will pick up your board on Kauai and transport boards to storage warehouse in Hanalei. Your board will be delivered to start line of race in Haena, or made available before race day upon request. Container is available on Kauai Wednesday July 18, from 7:30 am- 11:30 am. Port on Kauai is located at: 3020 Waapa Road, Pier 3, Lihue, Hawaii 96766

After race boards can be handled by Na Pali Race staff and delivered to young Brothers for shipping back to Oahu.

Barge leaves Kauai on Tuesday July 24 and is available on Oahu Thursday July 26.
If you are continuing on to the Molokai to Oahu Paddleboard Race connect with your escort boat on Oahu or contact the M2O event about their board transport service from Oahu to Molokai.

Round trip board transfer Oahu to Kauai returning Kauai to Oahu including end to end caddy service is:
$100 for 14 people or less, per person.
$87 for 16 people, per person.
$77 for 18 people, per person.
$70 for 20 people, per person.
$63 for 22 people, per person.
$58 for 24 people, per person.
$53 for 26 people, per person.
$50 for 28 people, per person.
$46 for 30 people, per person.

Each participant who books this board transport service needs to have:
An ID card on board including Name, Phone Number, Email Address, board size, and type.
Boards must be self packed or in board bags.
Fins and rudders need to be removed if possible.
Each person needs to bring two (2) tie down straps with their name on them at drop off.

This service is first come, first served. Please email to reserve your spot on the wait-list.

Race day round trip shuttle service is also available for $40 per person that can be purchased as a separate service for race day. Click here to find out more information about race day shuttle service.

Always stay tuned to NA PALI RACE on Facebook and twitter for first come first served offers and event updates.

Na Pali Race 2012 Update

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

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View the official Press Release HERE.


57 Line-Up: Recalling the 2010 event

Monday, July 18th, 2011

The first annual event saw 57 enthusiastic participants line up for what seems will soon become a Kaua’i tradition. The Na Pali Race is a SUP and paddled board event that crosses down and along the Na Pali Coast from Haena Beach Park on Kauai’s North Shore and finishes at Polihale State Beach on Kauai’s Westside. The Na Pali Race is designed to be an elite paddleboard race as well as fun run style charity event inviting all ocean enthusiasts to join in on the downwind fun. Not as easy said as done, the course is approximately 17 miles long, and is a challenge for all paddlers.

The morning of the first annual Na Pali Race saw on and off rain and overcast conditions with strong winds funneling down the Pali. The event was a great adventure for all who participated. For many it was the first time they had paddled the Na Pali Coast yet, others were happy to have some company to paddle with them this time. The one thing that will always remain both a catch and reward for this event is balancing the time to focus and compete as well as the time to take in the breathtaking views of the coastline. From Ke’e to Makaha ridge the sights are incredible.

The vibe of the opening ceremonies were unifying, with an epic protocol blessing by Na Pali Coast ‘Ohana members prior to the race. All registered paddlers milled around excitedly waiting for the line up start to the event. In grass roots fashion, contestants had to start along one line in the sand and finish at another line in the sand, beaches apart and unknowing of the path between.

The entry list was composed of Molokai to Oahu Paddleboard diehards, traveling SUPers on vacation, a few downwind and elite race pros, a few interisland faces, and a strong showing of local surfers who quested the Na Pali Coast Prone Paddleboard style, all for the soul. Some competitors went on to say it was one of the most fun events of their lives, comparing the scenario to marathons and other great achievements in their day. Another paddler stated that it was one of the greatest experiences and biggest accomplishments they had completed in their life. Other 2010 participants have plans to paddle in the annual Na Pali Race for as many upcoming events as they can, for years to come.

The course of the Na Pali typically starts with a solid downwind run. The first 12 miles are usually a strong trade wind catch providing surf-able waves that allow paddlers to catch and link bumps of the open ocean swells. Some paddlers preferred to take the wind line way outside, while others took the more scenic route closer towards shore. Riding the swells and getting into the natural current and wind flow is what Kalalau legends refer to as the highway of the sea. Finding this highway in the event is what its all about.

Undoubtedly the hardest yards of the paddle were done in the stretch between Miloli’i the 12-mile mark and Polihale the finish. On this particular September 18, 2010 day, we saw light and calm conditions for this grueling stretch, making the final leg somewhat smoother than it can be. Sometimes this area can even serve a strong crossed chopped head wind, but for the first annual event, a rare downwind run wrapped the entire coastline late into the afternoon.

As event organizer Evan Valiere understands, having a few kinks in the first ever of its kind event will only make for a greater race in the future. New additions this year include more escort boats, more lifeguards, a chip timing system, larger shade tents at Polihale, a round-trip shuttle service, a board caddy service at the finish line near the shore break, even a slipper caddy for the hot sands at Polihale, neon colored race jerseys, marker buoys set up along the course, and a few relay and tag team divisions. Finishing the day on the water will be topped off with a meal served by Dukes Kauai and cold drinks provided by Tambor Acai, vitaminwater, smartwater and Kona Red, plus a smooth cold Longboard Lager beer served by Kona Brewing Company at the awards. Starring at the awards show along with the race winners will be none other than Kauai’s own Chad Pa, with a live band performance.

This year’s event is coming together as one of the greatest days of summer. Let’s also not forget to give gratitude to the Na Pali Coast ‘Ohana in their efforts to preserve and protect the natural and cultural resources of the Na Pali Coast, making this coastline in part such a beautiful destination for all visitors now and in the future, as well as presenting cultural relevance from a civilization that once thrived in these valleys.

Although it is a race always remember to partner up in a buddy system and lookout for one another’s safety on the water.

The best times and winners are listed below. Congratulations to all who participated and to all the winners of their respective categories. Looking forward to seeing all who can make it to the event again this year.

Evan Valiere

The 2010 Na Pali Race Results
(Formerly called the Na Pali Paddleboard Challenge)
September 18, 2010. Kaua’i, Hawai’i.

Women’s Stock Prone
Name: #: Departure: Arrival: Duration: Place:
Mary Castelanelli 112 9:24 am 2:14.15 pm 4:50.15 1

Women’s SUP Fun Run “Paddle for the Pali” Time Trial Race
Name: #: Departure: Arrival: Duration: Place:
Andrea Smith 102 9:24 am 1:18.30 pm 3:54.30 1
Sue Cooper 118 9:24 am 1:26.13 pm 4:02.13 2
Hanna Krugger 104 9:24 am 1:29.50 pm 4:05.50 3
Leila Kawaihalau 107 9:24 am 1:36.56 pm 4:12.56 4
Lynn Ham Young 108 9:24 am 1:38.17 pm 4:14.17 5
Tiffany K. Spencer 105 9:24 am 1:44.45 pm 4:20.45 6
Kim Elegado 109 9:24 am 1:50.22 pm 4:26.22 7
Valorie B. Owen 101 9:24 am 1:52.57 pm 4:28.57 8
Caridyn Colburn 106 9:24 am 1:55.10 pm 4:31.10 9
Liana Pyne 117 9:24 am 2:03.25 pm 4:39.25 10
Holly Amodio 119 9:24 am 2:04.30 pm 4:40.30 11
Aranza Rodriguez 116 9:24 am 2:06.20 pm 4:42.20 12
Carol Andrews 103 9:24 am 2:11.10 pm 4:47.10 13

Men Fun Run “Paddle for the Pali” Time Trial Race
Name: #: Departure: Arrival: Duration: Place:
Krishan “Blanka” Aruna 110 9:24 am 12:51.25 pm 3:27.25 1
Matt Ernsdorf 111 9:24 am 1:37.50 pm 4:13.50 2
Brav Ellis 120 9:24 am 1:42.05 pm 4:18.05 3
Cesare Lucente 113 9:24 am 1:42.30 pm 4:18.30 4
Tim Saunders 114 9:24 am 1:44.20 pm 4:20.20 5
Jon Lucas 115 9:24 am 2:06.45 pm 4:42.45 6
Paul Jansen 121 9:24 am 2:08.10 pm 4:44.10 7

Men Fun Run “Paddle for the Pali” Time Trial
Name: #: Departure: Arrival: Duration:
Ray Woolard 213 10.42 am 1:48.05 pm 3:06.05
Tom Potter 206 10:42 am 1:55.05 pm 3:13.05
Nick Marvin 208 10:42 am 1:58.50 pm 3:16.50

Women’s Stock SUP 14’ Class Race
Name: #: Departure: Arrival: Duration: Place:
Brenda Rogers 201 10:42 am 2:23.45 pm 3:41.45 1

Men’s Stock Prone Race
Name: #: Departure: Arrival: Duration: Place:
Kamuela Aea 200 10:42 am 1:47.50 pm 3:05.50 1
Gavin Gillette 220 10:42 am 1:52.55 pm 3:10.55 2
Davey Taylor 219 10:42 am 2:07.00 pm 3:25.00 3
Elijah Frank 217 10:42 am 2:23.50 pm 3:41.50 4
Bruce Stine 216 10:42 am 2:30.10 pm 3:48.10 5
Dustin Barca 221 10:42 am 2:35.40 pm 3:53.40 6
Ian Vernon 214 10:42 am 3:10.33 pm 4:28.33 7
Jeff Eisenbach 207 10:42 am 3:16.06 pm 4:34.06 8

Men’s Unlimited Prone Race
Name: #: Departure: Arrival: Duration: Place:
John Cammack 210 10:42am 1:54.20 pm 3:12.20 1
Joshua Comstock 202 10:42am 2:03.13 pm 3:21.13 2
Jeff McBride 212 10:42am 3:10.36 pm 4:28.36 3
Rick Hurst 211 10:42am 3:36.18 pm 4:54.18 4
James Friend 225 10:42am 4:00.00 pm 5:18.00 5

Men’s Stock SUP Race
Name: #: Departure: Arrival: Duration: Place:
Robert Stehlik 224 10:42 am 1:27.20 pm 2:45.20 1
Rob Haugland 215 10:42 am 2:00.45 pm 3:18.45 2
Don Jones 203 10:42 am 2:02.32 pm 3:20.32 3
Jason Irons 222 10:42 am 2:05.00 pm 3:23.00 4
Lucas Ross 205 10:42 pm 2:05.35 pm 3:23.35 5
Jeremy Lloyd 223 10:42 am 2:15.25 pm 3:33.25 6
Miguel Graham 218 10:42 am 2:28.00 pm 3:46.00 7
Sean Moore 204 10:42 am 2:47.50 pm 4:05.50 8
Newt Wilder 209 10:42 am 2:48.30 pm 4:06.30 9

Men’s Unlimited SUP Division Race
Name: #: Departure: Arrival: Duration: Place:
Livio Manelau 308 11:10 am 1:32.30 pm 2:22.30 1
Scott Trudon 301 11:10 am 1:34.20 pm 2:24.20 2
Leleo Kinimaka 310 11:10 am 1:49.30 pm 2:39.30 3
Kevin Horgan 306 11:10 am 1:52.10 pm 2:42.10 4
Tristan Boxford 303 11:10 am 1:53.40 pm 2:43.40 5
Ed Wheeler 304 11:10 am 1:53.55 pm 2:43.55 6
Kalani Vierra 309 11:10 am 1:55.40 pm 2:45.40 7
Kevin Davison 305 11:10 am 1:57.30 pm 2:47.30 8
Jimmy Fitt 307 11:10 am 2:07.45 pm 2:57.45 9
Aaron Marvin 302 11:10 am 2:15.00 pm 3:05.00 10

Announcing the Second-Annual Na Pali Race

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Hanalei, Kauai (May 11, 2011) — The second-annual race for Stand Up Paddlers and Prone Paddlers along the Na Pali Coast on Kauai, Hawaii is set to take place Sunday August 7, 2011.

Known for its sheer beauty, rugged coastline, white beaches, turquoise waters, tall vertical cliffs, caves, waterfalls and tunnels Kauai’s Na Pali coast makes for a once-in-a-lifetime venue for this unique paddling race. With its bevy of breathtaking landmarks, The Na Pali Race will prove to be an experience no competitor will soon forget.

The 17-mile race begins at the Na Pali Coast State Park at Haena Beach Park on Kauai’s North Shore and finishes at Polihale State Beach Park on Kauai’s West Side and will undoubtedly prove to be a great day on the water for all paddleboard enthusiasts. There will be elite race divisions for SUP and Prone Paddleboards as well as Surfboard type SUP and Fun Run style divisions.

Kauai Water Patrol Lifeguards and escort boats will be providing support to paddlers as they make their way down the coastline.

This race will be timed using the world-famous chip timing system for fast and accurate results. The fastest times recorded last year were 2:22.30 for the SUP Unlimited men with the women SUP standard set at 3:41.45. Prone paddlers came in at 3:05.50 with the fastest time being on a stock board. The sole women prone paddler came in at 4:50.15. Average times for paddlers ranged between three and five hours.

Contributing to the Na Pali Coast ‘Ohana—a nonprofit grassroots foundation that protects and preserves the natural and cultural resources of the Na Pali Coast State park—we will be offering a way for paddlers to “Paddle for the Pali” and raise money and awareness for this organization. The Na Pali Race is also contributing a portion of event proceeds to this cause.

Sign-up for event will be available online in early June through July 31, 2011 with entry forms also available at numerous local surf shops. All entrants will receive an event race jersey, an event t-shirt, event hat, and food and drink at the awards ceremony.

Transport shuttle vans back to the North Shore will be offered as an event service for an additional fee.

Please stay tuned to the event website for updates and registration beginning in June.

For all media inquires and contacts, please see below:

Evan Valiere
Event Coordinator