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Hawaiian Airlines Lands in the Hudson River with an Outrigger Race This Weekend

June 20, 2013 at 8:39 AM | by | ()

Members of Hawaiian Airlines' Outrigger team

Flight attendants do more than serve coffee and demonstrate how to inflate a lifevest, you know. Sometimes they even hop in boats and row, row, row in the name of their airline, as is the case with both Singapore Airlines' dragon boat team and Hawaiian Airlines' outrigger rowing team.

The latter will travel from Hawaii to New York this weekend for the annual Hawaiian Airlines Liberty Challenge outrigger canoe race, in association with New York Outrigger (NYO). It'll be more than just the first official event held at the rebuilt Pier 26 of Hudson River Park; it'll be open to the public to try their hands at outrigger racing.

Here's the deal:

Hawaiian Airlines is bringing this big part of Hawaiian and Polynesian culture to New York to share with U.S. mainland. The festival will offer a mix of Polynesian culture, the spirit of ho’olaule’a (celebration) and New York style with lei making workshops, Polynesian dance lessons and live entertainment from Hawai’i.

When the public fun is done, the 27 teams will get down to business to race a 15-mile course through the Hudson River, NY Harbor and channel between Brooklyn and Governors Island. If you'd like to have a front-row seat for the action, we'd recommend heading to Pier 26 for the inaugural, free activities and then hop to free Governors Island ferry to watch the actual rowing from the east side of the island.

Read up on every last little detail at the official Liberty Challenge website.

[Photo: Hawaiian Airlines]

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