In 24 days the Hokule'a will sail to Hilo and then on to Tahiti in the first international leg of Malama Honua; a voyage around the world.
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During this four-year voyage crew members and partners will call attention to the importance of caring for the Earth and for our oceans.
On Wednesday, environmental leaders from 21 organizations made a promise to partner with the Polynesian Voyaging Society on the special journey.
"If there is something that we need to gift our children, it is making sure that this whole generation becomes aware of what's going on between our relationship and the Earth," said Nainoa Thompson of the Polynesian Voyaging Society.
"We are all excited to work together and to make this commitment together because we need to ensure the resilience and diversity and sustainability of our Hawaii and our planet," said Suzanne Case of The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii.
On the deck of the voyaging canoe Hokule'a, the group signed a document cementing its commitment to make sure the next generation is left with islands that are healthy and vibrant.