BIIF paddling championships: Favored canoes from Keaau, Kamehameha, HPA take titles

  • The second heat of varsity mixed teams start the race during the BIIF paddling finals.

  • Nauhi Liwis is congratulated while running through the tunnel of teammates after placing first at the BIIF paddling finals in Hilo Bay on Saturday. (Kelsey Walling/Hawaii Tribune-Herald)

  • Dalioah Martin runs through her teammates as they make a tunnel after the girls win the BIIF paddling finals in Hilo Bay on Saturday. (Photos by Kelsey Walling/Hawaii Tribune-Herald)

As expected, all the favorites — the Keaau girls, Kamehameha boys and Hawaii Prep mixed crews — won at the BIIF canoe paddling championships on Saturday at Hilo Bay, where Kealakehe was the only one to qualify all three crews for the state championships.