East Coast Outrigger Racing Association

East Coast Outrigger Racing Association

Our Story

ECORA was founded in 1997 with eight member clubs to formally establish Hawaiian outrigger canoe racing on the east coast of mainland U.S. and Canada. This triggered a chain reaction that ignited the founding of nearly thirty outrigger canoe clubs by 2002. Today ECORA thrives in nearly every coastal state from Ontario to Florida, and welcomes interested paddlers to join an existing club or form a new one.

Hawaiian outrigger canoe racing builds on the culture and tradition that spans centuries prior to the recorded history of Hawai'i. The indigenous sport survived the oppression of being outlawed by foreign settlers. King David Kalakaua, a Hawaiian monarch, is credited as the catalyst of Hawaiian cultural resurgence during the late 19th century. He restored outrigger canoe racing as a legal sport for the Hawaiian people. Since then, outrigger canoe racing found its way around the world.

The international presence of outrigger canoe racing is marked by key stronghold races that draw the world's best competitors. ECORA is proud to sanction such key events, like the Hawaiian Airlines Liberty Challenge in New York City and the Toronto Harbour International Challenge.

Ensuing chapters in the story of ECORA are in the works. We invite you to read and help write them.

Hawaiian Voyaging Proverbs

ECORA's intent is to bring more innovative and interactive features to our website. Until then, pardon our dust...and until all updates are in place, and na hoku mai ku me ka mahina (da stars stand [inline] with da moon), please wrap your mana'o (thoughts, feelings) around a few personally selected Hawaiian voyaging proverbs:

Komo mai kau mapuna hoe (1836).
"Dip your paddle in"
 Join in the effort.

Ola i ke ahe lau makani (2483).
"Life is in a gentle breath of wind"
Said of a breeze on a hot day.

E lauhoe mai na wa'a; i ke ka, i ka hoe; i ka hoe, i ke ka; pae aku i ka 'aina (327).
"Everybody paddle the canoes together; bail and paddle, paddle and bail, and the shore will be reached"
If everybody pitches in, the work is quickly done.

Found in Mary Kawena Pukui's 'Olelo No'eau: Hawaiian Proverbs and Poetical Sayings (Honolulu: Bishop Museum Press, 1983)