Hilo hosts East Hawaii Challenge

  • Spectators sport masks while waiting for the paddlers to finish the race in the East Hawaii Challenge hosted by Hawaii Island Paddlesports Association in Hilo Bay on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020. (Kelsey Walling/Hawaii Tribune-Herald)

  • Chase Vonnordheim of Kona paddles rapidly to finish first in the East Hawaii Challenge hosted by Hawaii Island Paddlesports Association in Hilo Bay on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020. (Kelsey Walling/Hawaii Tribune-Herald)

It was a beautiful day for Hawaii Island Paddlesports Association’s East Hawaii Challenge, a paddling competition perfect for these COVID-19 times.