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We have some exciting news about Hawaii Adaptive Paddling Association and its future. Hawaii Adaptive Paddling Association has 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.

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”).


The HAPA location has moved to a new Sand Island location. 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. Confirmed program dates are:

Saturday, November 16, 2019
Saturday, January 11, 2020
Saturday, April 18, 2020
Saturday, September 19, 2020
Saturday, December 12, 2020
(We are looking to include additional 2020 dates if possible)

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.

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