Crewmembers rested well Sunday night for an early morning call as Hawaii’s voyaging canoe prepares to set sail for the first time in about a month.
Hokulea entered the water in Virginia last week after three weeks in drydock.
Departure was set for 6 a.m. EST. They’ll sail south on the Intercoastal Waterway with the next stop being Miami, Florida, before heading into the Gulf of Mexico and through the Panama Canal in January.
Already in Florida Saturday night, president of the Polynesian Voyaging Society Nainoa Thompson received the sought-after Legacy Award at the Blue Ocean Film Festival and Conservation Summit.
The award honors leaders in ocean conservation, exploration and education. Thompson got the nod for leadership in Malama Honua, Hokulea’s voyage around the world.
Past recipients include filmmaker James Cameron and Prince Albert of Monaco.
Meanwhile online voting continues for National Geographic’s People’s Choice “Adventurers of the Year” award.
You can help the entire Hokulea team win by voting online here.
Voting will be open through Dec. 16, and you can vote every day.