Ke Aloha Outrigger was proud to be hosting an In Your Neighborhood event for City of Water Day on Saturday, July 13 from 11AM to 3PM with our partners at Hoboken Cove Community Boathouse alongside our friends at Fund for a Better Waterfront and Resilience Paddle at Hoboken Cove in Maxwell Place Park.
Now in its 12th year, City of Water Day is a free harbor-wide day organized by the Waterfront Alliance, the New York-New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program (HEP), and the South Street Seaport Museum to get people to, on, and in the water. A Waterfront Festival at Piers 16 and 17 in Lower Manhattan’s Seaport District will offer visitors the chance to get to know local marine life; participate in crafts and science experiments; and meet the many organizations that connect us to our waterfront. Nearby, at the Brooklyn Bridge Beach, the Con Edison Cardboard Kayak Race will delight fans of all ages, as 15 teams build and race cardboard boats. Free PortNYC Boat Tours will be offered across New York City. And to round out the day, more than 50 free satellite events will be offered throughout the region to celebrate our 1,600 miles of coastline and champion a climate-resilient New York Harbor.
Ke Aloha Outrigger will be hosting an In Your Neighborhood Event at Hoboken Cove to celebrate City of Water Day in Hoboken, New Jersey. Our focus will be on the outrigger canoe and the Polynesian traditions of respect for our oceans and will run from 11AM to 3PM. This event is in partnership with Hoboken Cove Community Boathouse, Fund for a Better Waterfront and Resilience Paddle Sports who will be providing a variety of paddling and educational opportunities nearby.
All are welcome to join in our protected Hoboken Cove for kayaking, stand up paddling (SUP), outrigger canoe and more. We are open to people of all abilities age 18 and up. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. We provide the gear. The event is free but we welcome contributions to the donation jar to help support the program.
Ke Aloha Outrigger and Hoboken Cove Community Boathouse will be having their Free Embayment Day where you can paddle our large outrigger canoes as well as our kayaks and stand up paddleboards in a protected cove and the surrounding area of the Hudson River in celebration of City of Water Day
We provide introductory but comprehensive instruction in the use of these watercraft in order to make sure that those who come to paddle are safe. Those who choose to move beyond this introductory event can venture into a variety of more intermediate and advanced instruction in the outrigger canoe from one of our several coaches.
Our coaching staff combined has over 100 years of paddling experience and all coaches volunteer their time to teach people to be safe and confident paddlers and to allow them to explore the richness and diversity of our local
waterways. Our mission is to provide people with a safe environment in which to learn from our experienced staff how to be confident paddlers, for little to no cost.
Outrigger canoeing is a Polynesian sport; we teach many aspects of that culture and its inherent connection to the water, which includes respect for each other and respect for the environment. In Polynesia, the water is
a part of life of everyone, and it is the goal of Ke Aloha Outrigger to bring that respect and awareness to others in our region so they can be more cognizant of our local rivers and waterways that have generally been neglected for centuries.
City of Water Day 2019 at Hoboken Cove would not be possible without the guidance, leadership and support from our supporters.
After more than a decade of leading the charge in how the New York metropolitan region views and uses its harbor, and with more than 1,000 Alliance Partners committed to bringing real change to our region’s 700+ miles of coastline, in 2018 the Waterfront Alliance stepped into a new and critical leadership role to define New York Harbor’s response to sea level rise and coastal storms. Their crucial, long-term focus on increasing waterfront accessibility for all, along with their efforts to advocate for a working waterfront that is a vital source of business activity and well-paying jobs and educating the next generation of waterfront stewards, continue as essential pillars of their work to create a well-adapted and resilient New York Harbor.
Ke Aloha Outrigger's In Your Neighborhood program on City of Water Day is supported by a generous grant from the NY/NJ Harbor and Estuary Program. The New York - New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program (HEP) brings the benefits of the Clean Water Act to the people who live, work, and recreate on our shared waterways. Created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at the request of the governors of New York and New Jersey, HEP is an ongoing effort to develop and implement a consensus driven plan to protect, conserve and restore the estuary. HEP decisions and activities are carried out by staff and partners organized through the committees and work groups.