Some of the most iconic sights on Kauai Island are those of the dramatic Na Pali Coast, located along the island’s northwestern border. These pali, or sea cliffs, rise and fall at a near vertical angle, creating sheer ridges that plummet to the valleys and ocean below. Inaccessible by land vehicle, the only way to truly appreciate the beauty of the 16-mile stretch of the Na Pali Coast is by sea. For a more casual Na Pali excursion, a handful of charter companies offer cruises around this stunning coastline. Avid paddlers may want to take on the physically demanding trial of participating in the Na Pali Challenge, a 36-mile canoe race that begins in the North Shore town of Hanalei and ends on the west coast in Kekaha.
Hosted by the Kauai Outrigger Association, the Na Pali Challenge is in its 22nd year of competition with participants joining from throughout Hawaii and beyond. Each canoe team consists of six men and six women who switch out every 30 minutes throughout the race. Participants can form and register their own entire team. Solo paddlers looking to join a team or crews in need of additional teammates can connect through the Kauai Outrigger Association website. This is an incredible challenge along some of the world’s most stunning coastline for athletes will the skill and ocean experience required!
Experience The Na Pali Challenge
The Na Pali Challenge will be held on Sunday, August 4th. For those participating, the registration deadline is August 3rd at 5pm at the Hanalei Pavilion. Registration is $500 per crew of 12 people (six men and six women). This 36-mile race begins at Hanalei Pavilion and ends at Kikiaola Small Boat Harbor.
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