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We have some exciting new news about Hawaii Adaptive Paddling Association and its future. Effective with the September 2019 program, Hawaii Adaptive Paddling Association will become a part of the AccesSurf non-profit organization. For those of you unaware of AccesSurf, they are a 501(c)(3) non-profit that offers adaptive surfing and swimming programs for people with disabilities. We are extremely excited that they have expressed an interest in incorporating the HAPA paddling into their organization, and HAPA will operate as a separate paddling program under the AccesSurf umbrella. Participants and volunteers currently on our email list will continue to be notified about HAPA through AccesSurf.


Starting in September, the HAPA location will move to Sand Island, and only 2 programs scheduled for the rest of 2019 as we work to transition the program. From Sand Island Access Road, take the first right after crossing the bridge. The parking lot is the first left after BMX Sandbox. Click here to view map.

Saturday, September 28, 2019 (new location at Sand Island)
Saturday, November 16, 2019 (new location at Sand Island)

Participants - 10:00am arrival
Paddling Volunteers - 8:00am arrival
Whenever possible, we make every effort to post a notice on this website by the morning of the program in the event we need to cancel due to weather and/or ocean conditions.

The Hawai‘i Adaptive Paddling Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that involves physically, mentally and emotionally challenged individuals in the sport of Hawaiian outrigger canoe paddling. The primary work of the Hawai‘i Adaptive Paddling Association supports a monthly recreational program, which allows participants the opportunity to experience a day at the beach in a safe, controlled and fun environment. Our trained volunteers provide a nurturing experience so that our participants can reap the benefits of the canoe and ocean. With an emphasis on safety, volunteers guide our participants through basic paddling skills so they can feel a part of the overall experience. Many of our paddlers volunteered and trained for years with the Project Pure Light program, and have been instrumental in developing and training new programs that have benefited neighbor island participants and visitors from the mainland. We welcome all participants in the spirit of aloha and share our motto, Kia Kaha (”Stay Strong”).

Click here to check out video from our program by volunteer Jim Skouge (thanks Jim!)