The leadership of the Polynesian Voyaging Society decided that favorable weather will allow the traditional voyaging canoes Hokule'a and Hikinalia to leave Hilo  where the canoes and crews have been preparing.

"From what we know from the weather, it's settling in right now," said Bruce Blankenfeld, a navigator on the Hikinalia.

PHOTOS: Studying and preparing for Hokule'a to set sail

Click here for photos of the crew preparing to set sail on the Hokule'a.