The Business Journals, May 2012

Hawaiian Airlines to sponsor New York outrigger marathon

Hawaiian Airlines has signed on to be the title sponsor of the New York Outrigger’s annual outrigger canoe marathon in New York City for the next three years. The marathon, in which some 300 paddlers compete in New York Harbor, the Hudson and East rivers, will be called the Hawaiian Airlines Liberty Challenge starting with the 2012 event on June 23, through the 2014 event, Honolulu-based Hawaiian Airlines, a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: HA), said in a statement. Hawaiian Airlines begins flightsto New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport    on June 5. “We hope to elevate the competition and bring the spirit of Hawaii to what is already a fantastic showcase for endurance outrigger canoeing,” Peter Ingram, Hawaiian’s chief commercial officer, said in a statement. Read More…


TimeOut New York, March 2010

TimeOut New YorkFree recreational activities…New York Outrigger

Even if you can’t afford a trip to Hawaii this summer, you can still experience some Polynesian culture right on the Hudson with NYO’s free weekly beginner sessions. Since outrigger canoes are far more challenging to maneuver than your average kayak, the lesson begins on land, where you’ll familiarize yourself with the boat and learn stroke work, safety protocol, and calls and commands, before getting an hour’s practice on the water. The club provides the boats, paddles and life vests at no cost; all you need to bring is a bottle of water, sunscreen and your game face. Pier 66, W 26th St at the Hudson River ( Sat 10:30, 11:15am, noon; April–October. Reservations required, e-mail Keith Tsang at


TimeOut New York, August 2009

Time Out New YorkAdventurer staycations

Leave tranquil kayaks to nervous Nellies and learn how to rock the boat instead with a free novice session from New York Outrigger (Pier 66, W 26th St at West Side Hwy;; Sat 10:30, 11:15am, noon; reservations required); outrigger canoes originated in French Polynesia and are far more challenging to maneuver.


The New York Times, May 2004

The New York TimesJOURNEYS; Adventurer | Outrigger Canoeing

ON a balmy Saturday morning, it’s practice as usual for the New York Outrigger Club. What this group of outrigger canoe enthusiasts hears is not the crashing waves of the Pacific or the whistle of cool Hawaiian trade winds, but the shouts and calls of tourists who wave frenetically from the deck of the Intrepid at Pier 86 on the Hudson River in Manhattan. As the paddlers battle uptown against the current and pull up alongside the Intrepid for a midmorning stretch session, curious onlookers on the hulking aircraft carrier show increasingly noisy interest.

They are finally greeted with a wave and a hello from the club’s president, Di Eckerle, who rides in the six-person canoe’s rear steersman’s seat. A cheer goes up in reply, and Ms. Eckerle smiles. ”Only in New York,” she says.

Though Manhattan’s waterfront is an unlikely place to find a thriving outrigger canoe scene — set as it is on a river whose obstacles include bobbing baseballs and soda cans, swells from the Circle Line ferries and gusts from choppers taking off and landing at the West 30th Street heliport — the club is a sign of the sport’s growing popularity outside Hawaii. It is just one of close to 30 clubs in the East Coast Outrigger Racing Association, which was formed seven years ago. Besides Manhattan, outrigger clubs are found in unlikely spots like Massachusetts and Texas, as well as several West Coast places where the mild climate and proximity to Hawaii make for a firmly established Hawaiian transplant community.  Read the complete article on