When the Hokule'a and Hikianalia leave on the first leg of their journey they will carry master navigators and captains who will train the next generation of voyagers.
That includes a father and daughter who are excited to share this historic voyage.
Kalepa Baybayan is a master navigator and the navigator in residence at Imiloa Astronomy on the Big Island. But, now he's back on the Hokule'a.
"It feels as good as it ever felt for me. I'm a little bit rusty because I've been a number of years off the canoe, but I'm getting back in shape really, really fast," said Kalepa.
Kalepa will serve as navigator and captain on several legs of this 36-month historic journey, but the first one might be the most personal.
"I have my daughter on board the canoe and she's studying to be a navigator and that's kind of a special relationship. I kind of cherish it. I kind of selfish about that she's gotta carry her own weight on the canoe. I can't do things for her, but having that close connection and to be able to recognize generationally that I'm passing on the knowledge from me to someone in my family is especially special for me," said Kalepa.
Kalepa has been deep sea sailing since before his daughter Paanaakala "Kala" Baybayan was born.
"What I remember as a child of the canoe is being around the canoes, playing on the canoes," said Kala. "We were always in the presence of all these aunties and uncles and saw the canoes."
Her dad sailed a lot and Kala initially wanted to sail with him just to get to know him. The first sail, years ago, struck a chord.
"On that first voyage I guess I saw everything. He showed me the stars, the wind, different sea animals, that we experience steering the canoe. It was like at that moment I realized that there was so much more to life than what I see on my phone or what I watch on TV," said Kala.
"This is the first time [and] the longest voyage that I've ever done," she added. "I've always dreamed about crossing the equator. It's been a huge dream of mine to see that it's finally happening. It's like dreams coming true, but at the same time because I've never done it before; very nervous."
While her dad will sail on Hokule'a, she will be on Hikianalia.
"I'm glad that I chose this. I'm glad that I get to share this experience with him – that he's teaching me. So, we're carrying on this tradition of our elders – our Makua teach us," said Kala.
Now the tables are turned. As Kala prepares for her first long deep sea sail, she leaves behind her two-year-old son Kalae'ula; another generation of the children of the canoe.
"I want to make sure he's safe – okay – and I know that I'll be missing him while I'm away. But, still have to focus on my task, which is focusing on the canoe and all of us working together as a team down to Tahiti," said Kala.