A group of University of Hawaii students and scientists are headed to the Lo'ihi sea mount, the active underwater volcano off of the southeastern coast of the Big Island.
Lo'ihi is about 1,000 yards below the ocean's surface and is believed to become the next Hawaiian island.
The crew's ship is called the Falkor. It's scheduled to leave from Sand Island for Lo'ihi Wednesday morning.
It's where University of Hawaii researchers hope to explore depths that no one has seen before.
The two-week journey took seven years to get to this point. The main goal is focused on research and a whole lot of mapping.
Experts say Lo'ihi's summit looks like a volcano leaking iron and a lot of it's rusted over.
We're told the institute is currently creating what would be the only autonomous underwater vehicle to reach a depth of 11,000 meters. It hopes to launch that device in Hawaii next year.
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