The voyaging canoe Hokule'a has left Cuba and is sailing for the U.S.  She's headed about 96 nautical miles north to Key West, Florida.

Capt. Kalepa Baybayan says the crew discovered common threads between Cuba and Hawaii, including perpetuating the Malama Honua message of taking care of natural resources.  The crwe also learned about Caribbean canoe history and Old Havana town.

"No task is too menial for crew members.  Doing dishes, scrubbing the deck, we all take care of each other and that's how we Malama Hawai'i," said Hokule'a crew member Kamaki Worthington.

After a stop in Florida, Hokule'a will sail up the East Coast of the U.S. with stops in South Carolina, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and New York.