Kealakehe, Hawaii Prep earn victories in paddling’s return in Kona

  • Hawaii Prep’s girls varsity team finished in first place at Saturday’s distance race in Kailua Bay, crossing the line in 31 minutes and 56 seconds. (Tom Linder/West Hawaii Today)

  • Kealakehe’s boys varsity crew took first place in Saturday’s distance race at Kailua Bay, posting a time of 26 minutes and 12 seconds. (Tom Linder/West Hawaii Today)

KAILUA-KONA – On a nearly cloudless Saturday morning, three Big Island schools finally made their return to paddling competition.