Maunakea pack list ~ Kapu Aloha
Friends planning to go up to Mauna Kea have asked what to bring and for advice. Hope this helps!
- tent, warm sleeping bag & mat
- sunscreen, chapstick, moisturizer
- water bottle
- face gear for wind, sun & cold
- head lamp
- mess kit
- personal wipes (no shower)
- snow/rain parka OR thick layers & poncho
- folding chair - snacks
- nonperishable food
- portable battery or solar phone charger
- blank shirts for printing
- portable shower (only those with collection system for gray water)
- notebook/pen for university or journaling
I was told to cleanse in the ocean before going. I cleansed again when I descended.
Upon arrival, do the orientation and non-violence training.
Jump in and kokua where you see a need! There are cleaning supplies by the luas. Help sort opala, cook, or just go around and grab full trash bags. Don’t wait to be asked.
Every morning the Royal Order kane will chant the sun up with e ala e at the ahu around 5:45. It’s worth it to wake up and chant with them.
*If you are planning on hiking up the Puʻu, there are guided tours given twice a day. On Wednesday’s the Puʻu is closed. If you’re interested in joining a tour with one of our kanaka rangers, please check in with the information station located at the front of the Puʻuhonua.
Take as many classes as you can at the Pu’uhuluhulu University. So much valuable knowledge is shared!! Attend all protocols.
Lots of people sleep in their cars to stay warm and not have to pack full camping gear.
Minimize waste! Bring a flask and water jugs. No single use plastic bottles. Bring trash bags and carry them out. Don’t add to the logistical burden for the kia’i who are there for the long haul.
Bring your own non-perishable food. Try to leave the prepared foods for the kia’i who are living there full time.
Don’t underestimate how cold, rainy, hot, windy, or any variation of those elements it will be! Some days I was wearing shorts and the next day I was in my snow parka all day.
The kia’i may need to remain on the mauna for an indefinite time frame. Do your best ease the burden on the community so it can continue to thrive. It is a healing place. You will find a sense of belonging by being an active caretaker of the ‘āina and the kanaka there.
Above all: KAPU ALOHA!
Just go, eat, make waste, print shirts, take pics for the ‘Gram, and dig out.