Student Paddle Award

16th Annual KIALOA
Live Like You Paddle
Award Program for Students

What is a Student Paddle Award?

We believe at KIALOA that when you paddle outrigger canoes you become a part of the ocean, land and people of Hawaii.  The Live Like You Paddle Award is an opportunity for students 18 and under to express their love for the Hawaiian Outrigger Culture.  The top 5 students who can express it best will win a free KIALOA paddle.

How do I enter?

  • Print and fill out an application provided in a link at the bottom of this page.
  • Think of a creative way to express your love of Outrigger and how it connects you with Hawaiian culture.  You can do this in an essay or a collage of pictures, music or any way you can think of to tell us how you feel about paddling.
  • Get a teacher or a coach to write a letter of recommendation telling us how great you are and why you deserve to be a winner.
  • Mailing your project to us is always a bonus but it can be presented to us in an email as a jpg image, a digital download, a PDF file, a YouTube video, or any creative way you can think of.

    I need help understanding the project, what do I do?

    You just have to show us how much you love Outrigger and that  you understand how important it is to Hawaiian values; values like Laulima (cooperation), Kuleana (responsibility), Kokua (helping), Ohana (family), or Ha’aha’a (humility).

    Here are just a few ideas:

    • An essay or poem.
    • A computer or digital presentation.
    • A collage of pictures and/or words.
    • A drawing or painting.
    • A video, song or dance that can be presented on YouTube or a downloadable link.

    Remember, originality counts! Think outside the box, you don’t have to stick to this list.

    When is it due?

    Turn your application in by May 31st 2019 with your project and letter of recommendation.

    How are the winners chosen?

    All of the KIALOA employees have a chance to vote on every project.  We each have the same "scorecard" that uses a point system, we only know the name and age of the student we are judging.

    We judge on 4 Criteria:

    1. Meeting project requirements (see section on How Do I Enter)
    2. Originality
    3. Creativity
    4. Appropriate skill and effort relative to age
    The students with the best average scores are chosen as the winners.  Everyone at KIALOA looks forward to reviewing the entries each year, it's a lot of fun!

    How do I know if I won?

    We will notify winners by the end of June so be sure to fill out the application with your name, address, phone number and e-mail.

    What Do I Win?

    Good question! Winners will be chosen for having created the most original way to express their love for outrigger paddling and these students can choose any one hybrid or wood outrigger paddle in our 2019 line-up.*

    *Excludes full composite outrigger paddles, dragon paddles or stand up paddles.




    Check out the 2018 Winners and their projects!

    Check out the 2017 Winners and their projects!