Greetings from Hilo! I got here on Friday and have been going great guns since I got here. One of my goals on this trip was to do a photo essay of a paddling event (canoe). This one is called a "special" as it is a qualifying event, but the paddlers are under the age of 12. It is not considered to be a true competion. In order to receive awards, medals, etc. they need to be 12 or older and officially registered. But, this is an important part of the process.
You can go to the home page for the Kamehameha Canoe Club (of Hilo Bay) to read up on all the ins and outs of how to compete, and so forth.
In the meantime, enjoy the images. I hope I've told the story for you here of yesterday's event.
Here, the adults who oversee this young paddling crew get ready for the "pule", which means prayer. They need to "wake the canoe up" and ask for it's readiness for a race.
Friends of family looking on.
Detail of one of the paddles.
It's reaady now and they carry it down to the shore.
Since the paddlers are young and still learning, it is difficult for them to hold their canoe in place while waiting for for the start, they need to keep the canoe from crossing the start line, hence there are "swampers" who help to hold the canoe in place.