Join us for Hoboken's Polynesian Race and Festival at Maxwell Place Park on Saturday, July 27, 2019! Ke Aloha Outrigger is proud to partner with Hoboken Cove Community Boathouse for this unique event on the Hudson River.


Paddler Information including race course, divisions, schedule and registration for the third annual Hudson River Cup.


All are welcome to Hoboken's first Polynesian themed Ohana Festival will be at Maxwell Place Park from 12:00PM to 4:00PM.  
See the schedule of events and our list of vendors.


Ke Aloha Outrigger and Hoboken Cove Community Boathouse thank our sponsors for their support of the Hudson River Cup


Ke Aloha Outrigger is pleased to present the first outrigger canoe, SUP and sea kayak races of their kind on the Hudson River along the Hoboken Shore. We welcome elite and experienced paddlers willing to take on the challenge of the Hudson River and New York Harbor against the dramatic backdrop of the Manhattan and Jersey City Skyline against the shadow of the Statue of Liberty.

OC1/OC2 and Surfski Race: 8-miles
out and back to the Statue of Liberty

SUP/Kayak Race: 5-miles
out and back to Colgate Clock/Jersey City

Race Schedule . Saturday July 27, 2019.
9:30AM - 11:00AM . Registration and Check-in / Staging
11:00AM -11:30AM . Race Orientation Meeting
12:00PM . Race Start
1:30PM - 2:30PM . Projected Race Finish
3:00PM . Awards Ceremony

Times subject to change.


9:30AM - Unloading Watercraft at Hoboken Cove Community Boathouse
Athletes should follow the instructions below to get your watercraft to the race site.

Directions from Land
Once in Hoboken, take 12th Street or 14th Street east towards the Hudson River to the water.
Turn right on Sinatra Drive North and proceed to the Hoboken Cove Community Boathouse. 

- Please park your car on the right side of the street only. This is a loading zone only so do not leave your car unattended more than you need to. A volunteer will meet you and provide you a parking pass to place on your dashboard and direct you to the staging area.
- Do not block the bike lane. Proceed with your craft to the staging area. Volunteers will be available to help you with your craft if needed.
- Once your craft is safely in the staging area, be sure to get a parking pass from our one of our volunteers or at the registration table before returning to your car.
- Proceed to the parking area to free up the loading zone for other athletes to unload their craft.

Directions from Water
Hoboken Cove is located in Maxwell Place Park a few piers south of Hoboken Pier 13.

- Once you get to our beach, please bring your craft up the ramp to the staging area. Volunteers will be available to point you to the staging area and help you as needed.
- Once your craft is safely in the staging area, please proceed to the Check-in desk at the boathouse. 

9:30AM - Athlete Parking at Stevens Institute Riverside Parking Lot 

- Once you have unloaded your craft, please obtain a parking pass from one of our volunteers or at the registration table and proceed directly to the athlete parking lot.
- Drive to the end of Sinatra Drive North and turn LEFT onto Frank Sinatra Drive.
- Proceed about a half miles along the waterfront past the skate park and construction trailers. Turn into the Stevens Institute Riverside Parking Lot on the left. If you see a soccer field, you have gone too far.
- You may park in any open space in this lot. If an attendant or campus police asks, please tell them you are with the Hudson River Cup.
- Place your parking pass so it is visible from the outside or you may be ticketed.
- Walk back to the Hoboken Cove Community Boathouse (approximately 10 minutes) and proceed to the Check-in Table.

9:30AM to 11:00AM - Checking in for the Race
The Check-in table is located at the Hoboken Cove Community Boathouse. Please check in to receive your race number for your craft and wrist tag. If you have not already done so, please fill out the Hoboken Cove Community Boathouse Online Waiver.

11:00AM to 11:30AM - Race Orientation Meeting
All athletes must attend the Race Orientation Meeting to be held on the lawn next to the Hoboken Cove Community Boathouse. The race director will review tides, conditions, safety and race rules.

- All boat stickers should be mounted on the port (LEFT) side of your outrigger canoe, kayak or surfski so it is visible to the timers on land at the finish. For stand up paddlers, please stick it on the BACK of your PFD/shirt so it is clearly visible.
- All paddlers must go through a safety check by a race official. Safety check includes proper rigging, personal floatation device, hydration and whistle. Those who do not have these items will not be allowed to race.
- Once approved a race official, paddlers will be given a wristband to wear. That wristband will allow entry to the beach. Be sure to check in with the safety volunteer at the gate entering the beach with your name and race number. Athletes who fail to check-in or check-out will be disqualified.
- The race starts promptly at 12:00PM at the end of the jetty at Maxwell Place Park.

Crossing the Finish Line
- Once you have crossed the finish line, please continue into the cove to the north of Maxwell Place Park to cool down and keep clear of the finish line.
- When you are ready, proceed back to the Hoboken Cove Beach. Be careful not to interfere with any athletes on the race course who are approaching the finish line.

Back on Land
- Once on the beach, please take your craft back to the staging area as quickly as possible to keep the beach clear. We will have volunteers available to help you.
- You must check out with the safety volunteer at the gate as you exit the beach or you will be disqualified.

Awards Ceremony
The Awards Ceremony will be at 3:30PM at the Ohana Festival on the lawn.

Canoe Loading
You may pick up your car anytime from the Stevens Institute Riverside Lot and proceed back to the loading zone at Hoboken Cove Community Boathouse on Sinatra Drive North to load your craft. Please keep the bike lane and road clear. Volunteers will be around to help you move your craft from the staging area to your car. The parking lot closes at 5:00PM.


Join us at Hoboken's Ohana Festival at Maxwell Place Park! This festival will feature events for people of all ages including music, dance, food trucks and more!

Festival Schedule
12:00PM . Ohana Festival Opens
12:00PM - 2:00PM . Family Tent Arts and Crafts
1:00PM to 3:00PM . Carboard Kayak Race
3:00PM . Hudson River Cup Awards Ceremony
3:00PM to 4:00PM . Open Paddleboarding
4:00PM .  Ohana Festival Closes


12:00PM to 4:00PM - Hawaiian Music by Bill Wynne
Bill Wynne's music evokes memories of an island paradise - even for those who have never been there. He could have chosen to pursue a musical life in jazz, classical, or even rock-and-roll. But the music of Hawai`i captured Bill's heart at an early age and hasn't let go. For over 25 years, he has shared the music and culture of Hawai`i with audiences everywhere - from Atlantic City's finest casino/hotels to Carnegie Hall and - most recently - in Hawai`i at Honolulu's historic Hawai`i Theatre, the Halekulani Hotel, and the Royal Hawaiian Hotel as winner of Aloha Festivals Hawaiian Falsetto Singing Contest. Bill is imbued with the aloha spirit. Hawaiian music - and the aloha spirit - are alive and well on the east coast.

12:30PM to 3:00PM - Aloha Hula NYC
Hula is much more than just dance. It is the heartbeat of the Hawaiian people. It is an expression of history, religion and the human spirit. Hula tells a story about life in Hawaii through graceful hand movements.

12:00PM to 4:00PM - History of the Outrigger Canoe
The outrigger canoe may be a unique site on the Hudson River but its origins dates back thousands of years and its history integral to the development of the Pacific.

Around three thousand years ago the ancestors of today’s Pacific Islanders ventured east from Taiwan and South East Asia settling the islands of the Pacific from New Guinea to Hawai’I and New Zealand and everywhere in between. The canoe was central in this feat and with traditional non-instrumental and celestial navigation, they settled islands in the largest ocean on earth. Today there are three regions in the Pacific: Melanesia, Micronesia and
Polynesia, and together they form the most linguistically diverse area on earth, connected by the ocean and canoe.

Special guest Ilona Rayan will give a presentation alongside Pukini, our 4-person outrigger sailing canoe about the cultural importance of the canoe and the water.

2:00PM to 4:00PM  - Historic Waterfront walking Tour by Hoboken Historical Museum
The Hoboken Waterfront is steeped in history from its 19th century as a resort for New York City residents to its 20th century history as a vibrant shipbuilding and industrial center. The Hoboken Historical Museum Director Bob Foster will be leading a walking tour of the waterfront area beginning at the Ohana Festival located at Maxwell Place Park. Tickets are $25 ($20 for Museum Members). Purchase tickets in advance here.

The Hoboken Historical Museum welcomes visitors 6 days a week, showcasing Hoboken’s history, diverse culture, architecture and landmarks with exhibits, guest speakers and educational programming in the former Bethlehem Steel Machine Shop at 1301 Hudson St. Admission is just $5; free for children and Museum members.

1:00PM to 3:00PM - Cardboard Kayak Race
All are welcome to come design, make and paddle your cardboard kayak at the Hudson River Cup. Materials will be provided and you will have an hour and a half to design and make your kayak. The race will take place in Hoboken Cove.

- 1:00PM . Check-in for carboard kayak race
- 1:15PM to 2:30PM . Design and build kayak
- 2:45PM . Race Start in Hoboken Cove

3:00PM to 4:00PM - Free Standup Paddleboarding
Inspired by the performance of the stand-up paddlers participating in the Hudson River Cup? Now is your chance to try! Join us on the beach at Hoboken Cove at 3:00PM and give it a try in our protected cove. We will provide the boards and life jackets along with a quick lesson. All you need to do is come prepared to get wet.                            


We are always looking for local vendors interested in participating in the Hudson River Cup Ohana Festival. Please email inquires to


The Hudson River Cup would not be possible without our sponsors and vendors. 
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for the Hudson River Cup, 
please contact us at


Hālāwai's mission is to advance and support an inclusive community with shared interests in the culture and future of the people of Hawaiʻi and other Pacific Islands.

The Ohana Festival is made possible by 2019 Hālāwai Kākoʻo Fund.


To inspire, nurture and educate leaders in tomorrow’s technology-centric environment while contributing to the solution of the most challenging problems of our time.

Many thanks to Stevens Institute for supporting the Hudson River Cup athletes.

Copyright (c) 2019 Ke Aloha Outrigger at Hoboken Cove

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