The Na Pali Race
The Na Pali Coast
The Na Pali Race is a stand-up paddle race along a 17-mile stretch of picturesque Hawaiian coastline. The race is as much about the journey as the finish.
Competitors join hands for a puna, a traditional Hawaiian prayer to honor the ancient Polynesian settlers who arrived on the Na Pali 1,400 years ago.
Fun For All Ages
Champion prone paddler Kanessa Duncan Seraphin and her 2-month-old daughter cuddle on Haena Beach before the race.
Pause for the Puna
Pro surfer and Na Pali race organizer Evan Valiere and his partner, Birttany Valverde, participate in the puna.
And They're Off
A race from shore into the surf kicks off the Na Pali Race. Competitors will have to make good choices along the waves to maximize speed with minimal effort.
Miles To Go Before They Sleep
A 17-mile journey begins. Andrew Logreco takes an early lead, and he would lead the race for the next 9 miles.
Like No Place On Earth
Gavin Kennelly takes a peek at the media boat as Kalalau beach and the stunning Kalalau Valley come into focus.
A Fin For Everyone
Two days before the race, Mariko Strickland Lum uses her down-time to swim below PK's, a surf spot on Kauai's south shore.
Three two-time champions, Ka'eo Abbey, Kanessa Duncan Seraphin and Mariko Strickland Lum, stand at the finish line on Polihale Beach.
Accessible only by sea, Honopu is one of the most beloved beaches on the Na Pali coast.
Sweet, Sweet Sand
Exhausted and relieved, Deedee Almida, one of the last paddlers, makes it to the finish in a puddle of laughter, tears and gratitude. Hey, nobody said, it was going to be easy!