HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - Weather-permitting Hokule'a and her sister escort canoe, Hikianalia, will depart Hilo on the first leg of their worldwide voyage, "Malama Honua", on Friday morning.
The crew arrived on Hawai'i Island last week Monday around midnight after a heartfelt send-off from O'ahu, which more than a thousand members of the community attended to wish them well.
Crew members have spent the last week and a half finalizing their preparations and training on everything from man overboard to current draw tests to ensure Hikianalia can tow Hokule'a should she need to.
The mission of "Malama Honua," which means to care for our Earth, is to create global relationships and explore best practices for caring for our oceans and planet. The 36-month journey will cover a total of 47,000 nautical miles with stops at 85 ports in 26 different countries.
Mileka Lincoln reports live from Hilo for Hawaii News Now Sunrise.