Paddlers urge motorboats to show aloha on Wailua

Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island file From front to back: junior varsity paddling teams from Kapaa, Kauai and Waimea high schools plant for turns during the KIF paddling championships at the Wailua River, in this Jan. 28 photo.
Nick Celario / The Garden Island Rocco April, right, and Tabitha Ross, 16, work on cleaning a canoe Aug. 27 at the Wailua River.

WAILUA — With the Kauai Interscholastic Federation paddling season just weeks away, one of Kauai’s paddling community members has reached out to the state with safety concerns.