New York Times, July 2014
With its long cultural ties to the Pacific region, outrigger canoe paddling is not something most New Yorkers think of when contemplating their city’s waterways. And yet for almost 20 years, visitors to Manhattan’s Hudson River Park have found outrigger canoes traveling along the city’s shores. Throughout June 2014, videographers from the New York Times followed NYO’s mixed gender team “Big Apple Ohana” as they trained for the Hawaiian Airlines Liberty Challenge, considered one of the world’s most prestigious international outrigger events and the largest Pacific Island festival on the East Coast.
Urban Outrigger Canoeing
2014 Hawaiian Airlines Liberty Challenge, featured on NBC New York Directors of the Hawaiian Airlines Liberty Challenge were invited to NBC New York to spread the word about the unique features of the race. Communications Director Keith Tsang speaks with Roseanne Colletti to discuss the origins of outrigger canoe paddling, its spread around the world and the unique urban features of the race setting in New York Harbor.
Liberty Challenge on Ocean Paddler TV
The 2012 Hawaiian Airlines Liberty Challenge is currently featured on the latest episode of Ocean Paddler TV.The Hawaiian Airlines Liberty Challenge hosted by New York Outrigger is the premier outrigger racing event on the Eastern Seaboard and is quickly becoming recognized as one of the most unique races in the international outrigger racing circuit. This year's race drew paddlers from around the world including Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Italy, and Panama as well as from all over the United States including Hawaii, California, Texas, Arizona, Florida and the East Coast. Ocean Paddler TV captures the unique qualities of this race, its amazing location in New York Harbor in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty and the new One World Trade Center and the aloha spirit that is thriving on the East Coast through the sport of outrigger paddling. See the Ocean Paddler TV Facebook Page for a Teaser of the Liberty Challenge Episode. Many thanks to our 2012 Media Sponsor Olukai and our partner sponsor Hawaiian Airlines for making this broadcast possible. Ocean Paddler #51 featuring the Hawaiian Airlines Liberty Challenge will air in Hawaii throughout the month of August on OC16. For the rest of the United States, Ocean Paddler # 51 will air on Universal Sports Network, available on Direct TV Channel 625 and Dish Channel 402. Check your local listings.
- 2012 Ocean Paddler 51 08/13/2012 6:00 PM EST
- 2012 Ocean Paddler 51 08/13/2012 10:00 PM EST
- 2012 Ocean Paddler 51 08/14/2012 1:00 PM EST
- 2012 Ocean Paddler 51 08/17/2012 5:30 PM EST
- 2012 Ocean Paddler 51 08/21/2012 3:00 PM EST
- 2012 Ocean Paddler 51 08/28/2012 2:30 PM EST
- 2012 Ocean Paddler 51 09/02/2012 2:30 AM EST
- 2012 Ocean Paddler 51 09/06/2012 2:00 PM EST
- 2012 Ocean Paddler 51 09/15/2012 6:00 PM EST
From Local News in Hawaii
Hawaiian paddlers on the Hudson River in Big Apple - surreal!
Hawaiian Airlines Liberty Challenge makes TimeOut New York's Top List
The Hawaiian Airlines Liberty Challenge hosted by New York Outrigger has been named to Time Out New York's list of 101 Things to Do in the Summer in New York City 2012. The events listed in the highly-anticipated annual Summer issue are chosen amongst thousands of events by Time Out New York Editors. Listed alongside the Hawaiian Airlines Liberty Challenge include such events as a visit to the newly arrived Space Shuttle Enterprise and to major sporting events including the U.S. Open and the New York Yankees. The 16th annual Hawaiian Airlines Liberty Challenge on Saturday, June 23rd is one of the largest sporting events on New York Harbor and one of the most prestigious outrigger canoe races in the world. This year's list of competitors include top international teams representing France, Brazil, Panama and Canada along with elite teams in the United States from Hawaii, California, Arizona and the Eastern Seaboard. Many festivities and promotions are planned for this year's race including a free film screening of I Just Love to Paddle in association with the Patagonia Soho Store on Thursday, June 21st. On race day, you can meet the crews from around the globe as they launch their canoes at Brooklyn Bridge Park. There are many opportunities to view the race along the race course including at viewing stations set up at Pier 25 and Pier 62 in Hudson River Park where you can cheer for your favorite crew as they make their way up the Hudson River. Finally, congratulate the winning teams and join in on the Hawaiian feast at the Liberty Luau at the Frying Pan/Pier 66 Maritime. For those residents of the Tri-State area that may want to race in a future Liberty Challenge, you can start by signing up for free New York Outrigger Novice Sessions held most weekends throughout the summer at Pier 66 Boathouse in Hudson River Park.
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