London calling: Keaukaha youth paddlers aim to compete at World Sprints

  • Courtesy of Keahi Warfield Keahi Warfield and Keaukaha paddlers enjoy a selfie on the plane ride home from Oahu after qualifying for the World Sprints.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Pakelakahiki Kaaua walks toward a recent practice with Keaukaha Canoe Club.

  • KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald ‘Eha Kiyuna, left, and Noah Pila prepare for a recent Keaukaha Canoe Club practice. Kiyuna is excited about his first opportunity to leave Hawaii, while Pila is hoping the club’s hard work pays off.

A team of young paddlers hope to represent Keaukaha after qualifying for the “Olympics of outrigger canoe paddling” this year.