Chief Boatswain Jerrod Hozendorf loads some final stores before getting underway. Image courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2016 Hohonu Moana. Download larger version (jpg, 4.4 MB).
After a two-day delay to address some lingering technical issues and to wait out some large swells passing the islands, the crew of the Okeanos Explorer was happy to get underway and start transiting to the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. The swells coming in from the northwest were over 18 feet when the ship came out from behind the lee of Barbers Point. While very big, the swells were a long enough period that the ride was not too bad overnight.