Pukini is Home!
Pukini, our beloved OC4, is now back at Hoboken Cove after she was viciously thrown into the Hudson River last weekend.
In the early morning hours of March 18, Pukini was removed from her perch, dragged 200 feet along concrete, rocks and sand and cast into the Hudson River. She drifted one mile across the river where she was found the next morning by MarineMax dockhands at Chelsea Piers. They quickly mobilized a group of five to pull Pukini out of the water just as she was about to be swept under a pier. Our heroes across the river graciously provided us all the support needed to make sure Pukini was secure and safe in Manhattan.
Considering the amount of abuse she went through, Pukini miraculously came through with only a few bumps and bruises. Upon evaluation, she was deemed seaworthy and safe to paddle.
Last Saturday, we paddled Pukini home without incident. She is now back on her perch at the boathouse and safely secured.
Additional security measures are underway to prevent this from happening again and we need your help to generate funds to repair and protect Pukini and our other canoes. All donations are fully tax deductible.
Pukini is much loved on and off the water. She was donated to us by Kent Island Outrigger as a symbol of love, support and cooperation. Those who did this to Pukini are against everything she represents and the values we hold dear including a waterfront that is open to everyone.
Pukini has shown us her resilience and her spirit to fight against all odds. This incident has only hardened our resolve to welcome all with open arms and the values we hold dear including a waterfront open to everyone.
We hope you will support us in securing Pukini's future and join us at Hoboken Cove this season to create new adventures with her at Ke Aloha Outrigger.