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Stand-Up Paddleboarding Intensive

Improve your balance and strength on the water with the Stand-up Paddleboarding (SUP) Intensive in Kaua'i, which equips you with the skills and techniques needed to propel yourself on your own board on the waters of Kukui’ula Harbor.

Led by Mariko Strickland Lum, a professional stand-up paddleboarder, this three-day Intensive will familiarize you with different types of boards and paddles, as well as techniques such as launching, landing, and turning. If you are a new to the sport, the Intensive will teach you how to safely handle your equipment, enter and exit the water, and be able to stand and paddle—all with confidence. And if you have some experience but want to become a more expert paddleboarder, the Intensive will hone your paddling technique, teach you advanced turning methods, and introduce you to specialized equipment choices. The Intensive will also teach athletic recovery methods, both physical and nutritional, and offer cross-training and fitness tips that will enable you to bring your SUP skills to the next level.

The lessons of the Intensive also cover complementary subjects, including ocean safety, open-water swimming, and core workouts. In addition, to help you with your physical recovery, the Intensive offers a Spa Wet Ritual at the end of each daily session at Hi’ilani Spa, The Lodge at Kukui’ula’s extensive on-site wellness complex.

The Stand-Up Paddleboarding Intensive can be booked on demand at the below standard pricing plus tax.

  • Groups of 3-4:  $1,440/person
  • Groups of 2:  $1,550/person
  • 1 Person:  $3,100

For more information on the Intensive, please contact our concierge at 808-742-8000  or


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“Born and raised on Kaua’i I have been very fortunate to grow up enjoying the ocean, learning various water skills from the best watermen and women in the world. From the first time I tried SUP, I fell in love with it! The sport can be enjoyed as a leisure activity, a form of exploration, surfing, competitive racing, and even a lifelong source of exercise. Perhaps my favorite thing about the sport is that it allows you to explore remote areas via bodies of water that you normally would not be able to access. Incorporating SUP into my life has provided me with so many unique experiences, including meeting new friends as well as exploring absolutely stunning places all around the world. I love teaching others SUP because I get to be part of providing someone with an inspiring ocean experience.” -Mariko Strickland Lum
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