Thousands of paddlers to compete in Hilo

Thousands of paddlers to compete in Hilo

HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - By: Victoria Bartelt

Hilo Bay will soon host the Hawaiian Canoe Racing Asociation (HCRA) State Championships.

On Saturday, August 1 more than 7,000 canoe paddlers will compete to win the State championship title.

HCRA is made up of six associations and individual clubs that compete. The race starts with the male and female 12 year-old division all the way up to 65 year-old division.

Each team division races different miles along Hilo's shoreline. The HCRA developed the state championship because it shows the talent of the paddlers but also of the uniqueness of the Hawaiin Koa canoes.

This event happens every year in August and is fun for the athletes and spectators. Food booths and merchandise shops are available all day for the paddler's cheering fans. For more information on the state championships, visit

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