Hokulea's voyagers going around the globe are looking ahead to their next stop, Rangiroa, part of the Tuamotu Islands.
A large number of crew members aboard Hokule'a are young. That's part of the Polynesian Voyaging Society's goal and mission to build the next generation of voyagers.
Many of them have family ties with the canoe.
Ana Yarawamai is the cook aboard Hokule'a. She played a huge role in planning the meals and helping with the packing of food.
KITV spoke to Yarawamai last month before the voyage began.
Like many of the younger crew members, she is following in the footsteps of family members who have embraced the wa'a.
Her father, Max Yarawamai, has been a crew member on several of Hokule'a's voyages. He began sailing when Ana was 10 or 12 years old.
"Oh, yeah, he gave me hints on packing, hints on bathing, hints on the whole thing," Ana Yarawamai said.
"I think he's a little nervous because it's his daughter, but I think he's really excited for me and just, you know, knowing that I'm going to gain all the things that he was able to gain. I think he's really looking forward to me going as a person, being more acclimated within my environment. He's excited."
Her father was aboard Hokule'a during her 1999 voyage to Rapanui. It was a somewhat stormy voyage and it was he who spotted the tiny speck of land amid heavy cloud cover.
"It's pretty amazing coming from Micronesia. They're so used to seeing those little islands so I think that was his special skill on the wa'a," Ana Yarawamai said. "I don't know if my eyesight is quite as good but I'll keep a lookout."
Ana Yarawamai, whose grandfather was also a sailor, said her first voyage was with her father in 2007 through Micronesia. "Now I'm on my own and hopefully I can do him proud," she said.
During the 2007 voyage they visited her grandparents on her father's home island Fetheria, Ulithi.
Ana Yarawamai said being a crew member of Hokule'a is a blessing.
"Hokule'a is like the living connection of all our cultures to me. To be physically on that living connection that ties us all together is just an opportunity that I can't believe I have, you know?" she said.
"Growing up in Hawaii born and raised, but half of my culture being from Micronesia, I feel like this is how I get tied back to my family in Micronesia."