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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”).

Special Request: HAPA needs financial help to finish out our 2018 year and continue into 2019. We have set up a GoFundMe page for donations which will go towards the rental of a beach wheelchair each month, purchase of free lunch for our participants, and minimal administrative costs (post office box rental, renewal of State registration, supplies and insurance). Please click here to visit our GoFundMe page and kokua if you can. Any donation, regardless of size, will go towards serving our participants and our program.

Please join us on the following future dates for a day of paddling, beach fun and lunch:
***Dates are subject to change without notice.

Participants - 10:00am arrival
Paddling Volunteers - 8:00am arrival

Saturday, December 15, 2018
Saturday, January 19, 2019
Saturday, February 16, 2019
Saturday, March 16, 2019
Saturday, April 20, 2019
Saturday, May 11, 2019
Saturday, June 22, 2019
Saturday, July 20, 2019
Saturday, August 10, 2019
Saturday, September 21, 2019
Saturday, October 19, 2019
Saturday, November 16, 2019
Saturday, December 14, 2019

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.


Volunteer paddlers are always needed for our program. To be included on our volunteer email list or for more information about volunteering with our program, email us.


HAPA is located in Kailua Beach Park on the Kaneohe side of the Kaelepulu Canal. Parking is accessible from the lane on the left side of the green Kalapawai Market on the corner of Kailua Road and S. Kalaheo Avenue. Our tent will be located next to the bathrooms/concession stand building, and we launch our canoes from the beach in front of this area.

Click here to check out video from our Nov. 2014 program by volunteer Jim Skouge (thanks Jim!)