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Hawaiian Islands
Information for Enrolled Students

Packing List

Keep in mind that June and July stay pretty warm. Keep this is mind as you prepare for your Moondance Adventure!

Duffel Bag

70 liters

Qty: 1
Patagonia Black Hole Duffel 70 Liters

Day Pack

20 – 30 liter school backpack to carry your rain jacket, water bottle and snacks

Qty: 1
Patagonia Refugio Pack 26 L or Sea to Summit Ultra Sil Day Pack (For a lighter option)

Mesh Bag

For storing dirty clothes & gear

Qty: 2

For carrying all of your gear

Sleeping Bag Liner

silk, cotton, or synthetic

Qty: 1
Sea to Summit Expander Travel Liner

Sleeping Bag

Synthetic sleeping bag rated 40° – 50° Fahrenheit with a compression stuff sack

Qty: 1

Ground Pad

Insulating ground pad

Qty: 1
Therm-a-rest RidgeRest or Therm-a-Rest ProLite

Your duffel bag needs to be able to fit all of your belongings. Your sleeping bag & ground pad will take up a lot of the room in your duffel, so we encourage you to pack light around those bulky items.

Water Bottles

Minimum 32oz water bottles

Qty: 2
Nalgene 1L wide mouth

Cup with Lid

Sturdy plastic or metal; thermal plastic mug is best

Qty: 1
16oz Nalgene wide mouth

Bowl with Lid

Qty: 1
Tupperware or Nalgene

Plastic Spoon

Qty: 1
Light My Fire Spork

Headlamp

With fresh batteries + 2 sets of spare batteries (Important!)

Qty: 1
Black Diamond Spot or Black Diamond Storm

Sunglasses

With 100% UV protection, very important!

Qty: 1
Goodr

Sunglasses Holders

Optional

Qty: 1
Croakies or Chums

Required for your trip

Tennis Shoes

A pair of comfortable, closed-toed, sturdy shoes

Qty: 1

River Shoes

These can be open-toed, but do need to have a back strap

Qty: 1
Chaco, Teva, or Keen

Flip Flops/Crocs

Backless, comfortable shoes that can get wet

Qty: 1

Socks

Non-cotton, lightweight hiking socks + regular socks

Qty: 6 Pair
Smartwool or Darn Tough

Required Shoes

Base Layer Top

Synthetic, non-cotton, light-weight long sleeve top

Qty: 1
Patagonia Capilene Cool Daily Long-Sleeve Tee or Patagonia Tropic Comfort Hoody

T-shirts

Minimum 2 synthetic, non-cotton t-shirts, other shirts may be cotton & okay to get dirty

Qty: 6
Patagonia Capilene Cool Daily T-Shirt, Marmot Windridge

Lightweight Top or Hoodie

Synthetic, non-cotton. This can be a fleece pullover, sweater or a full-zip jacket

Qty: 1
Patagonia R1 Fleece or Moondance Hoodie

Rain Jacket with Hood

100% waterproof rain jacket with a hood - no ponchos!

Qty: 1
Patagonia Torrentshell or Marmot Precip

Sports Bra

For girls

Qty: 4

Required Clothing Items

Quick-dry Shorts

Synthetic, non-cotton shorts

Qty: 5
Patagonia Baggies

Bathing Suits

Boys: your quick-dry shorts can double as your bathing suit

Qty: 3
Patagonia Baggies

Lightweight Bottoms

Capilene bottoms or yoga pants (for girls, if you prefer to wear them)

Qty: 1

Hiking Pants

Synthetic, lightweight pants

Qty: 1

Underwear

Synthetic, non-cotton are best (but a couple cotton pairs are permitted)

Qty: 6

Required Clothing Items

Hat

A baseball hat, sunhat, bucket hat, or wide-brimmed hat for sun protection

Qty: 1

You can expect to get your clothes dirty during your community service section, so keep that in mind when choosing specific clothing and footwear items.

Dopp Kit

Contains: toothbrush, toothpaste, prescription medication, travel shampoo & soap, deodorant

Qty: 1
Patagonia Black Hole 6L-M

Prescription Glasses + Contacts

If your child wears glasses and/or contacts, please bring at least one spare pair of glasses/ lenses. Contact lens wearers should bring a pair of glasses as backup in addition to contacts

Qty: 2 Pair

Reef-Safe, Non-Spray Sunscreen

Travel size

Qty: 1

Required Hygiene Items. *Please keep in mind that you will be carrying all toiletries with you on the plane, so make sure they are travel-sized!

Camp Chair

HIGHLY recommend

Qty: 1
Crazy Creek

Wallet

Personal Wallet with $150 spending money and valid identification

Qty: 1

Towels

Absorbent & quick to dry, large or extra-large works best, No Cotton!

Qty: 2
Sea to Summit Drylite Towel

Additional Required Items

Camera

With charger, extra battery, and 32-64 GB memory card

Qty: 1
Canon Powershot G9 X

GoPro

With charger, extra battery, and 32-64 GB memory card

Qty: 1
Used GoPros available for purchase on Moondance Gear Store

External Charger

Portable charger/power bank to charge camera and GoPro

Qty: 1

A Good Book

Paperback books are less bulky

Qty: 1

Notebook with Pen

For journaling

Qty: 1

Long Sleeve Rash Guard

For sun protection and comfort in the water

Qty: 1
Patagonia Unisex Long-Sleeved Rashguard

Sleeping Bag Liner

Silk, cotton, or synthetic; for those warmer nights

Qty: 1
Sea to Summit Expander Travel Liner

ENO Hammock

A great option for downtime on the beach!

Qty: 1

Backpacker's Pillow

A luxury to have while traveling or camping

Qty: 1

Swimmer's Ear Drops

If prone to swimmer's ear

Qty: 1

Fins + Snorkel

We encourage you to bring fins + a snorkel or extra cash to rent them for free time swims

Qty: 1

Not required but highly recommended. Since we don’t allow cell phones during our trips, you may not use your phone as a camera. Leaders will take photos that will be shared at the end of the summer

Packing Tips

In the event that your luggage is delayed or lost in transit, we want you to be prepared. Therefore, wear tennis or hiking shoes on the plane. Plus, pack the following items from this packing list in your daypack / school backpack carry-on:

  • A change of clothes (underwear + t-shirt + shorts or pants)
  • Your rain jacket
  • Prescription medications & toothbrush
  • ID, money
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Card
  • Personal Protective Equipment: Mask (2)

These items are already included in the packing list – they are not additional items!

Lodging

Sleeping

4-person, single gender tents at front country campsites.


Eating

Please bring all personal eating utensils listed on the packing list. Moondance will provide all group cooking gear.

If you have any special dietary restrictions / considerations, please contact the Moondance office for further information.

Flights

Hawaiian Islands 1A, June 9 - June 21, 2023

Arrive
  • Kona, HI (KOA)
  • Friday, June 9, 2023
  • 5 PM - 9 PM
Depart
  • Lihue, HI (LIH)
  • Wednesday, June 21, 2023
  • 7 PM - 10 PM

Hawaiian Islands 1B, June 9 - June 21, 2023

Arrive
  • Lihue, HI (LIH)
  • Friday, June 9, 2023
  • 5 PM - 9 PM
Depart
  • Kona, HI (KOA)
  • Wednesday, June 21, 2023
  • 7 PM - 10 PM

Hawaiian Islands 1C, June 9 - June 21, 2023

Arrive
  • Kona, HI (KOA)
  • Friday, June 9, 2023
  • 5 PM - 9 PM
Depart
  • Lihue, HI (LIH)
  • Wednesday, June 21, 2023
  • 7 PM - 10 PM

Hawaiian Islands 1D, June 9 - June 21, 2023

Arrive
  • Lihue, HI (LIH)
  • Friday, June 9, 2023
  • 5 PM - 9 PM
Depart
  • Kona, HI (KOA)
  • Friday, June 23, 2023
  • 7 PM - 10 PM

Hawaiian Islands 2A, June 25 - July 7, 2023

Arrive
  • Kona, HI (KOA)
  • Sunday, June 25, 2023
  • 5 PM - 9 PM
Depart
  • Lihue, HI (LIH)
  • Friday, July 7, 2023
  • 7 PM - 10 PM

Hawaiian Islands 2B, June 25 - July 7, 2023

Arrive
  • Lihue, HI (LIH)
  • Sunday, June 25, 2023
  • 5 PM - 9 PM
Depart
  • Kona, HI (KOA)
  • Friday, July 7, 2023
  • 7 PM - 10 PM

Hawaiian Islands 2C, June 25 - July 7, 2023

Arrive
  • Kona, HI (KOA)
  • Sunday, June 25, 2023
  • 5 PM - 9 PM
Depart
  • Lihue, HI (LIH)
  • Friday, July 7, 2023
  • 7 PM - 10 PM

Hawaiian Islands 2D, June 25 - July 7, 2023

Arrive
  • Lihue, HI (LIH)
  • Sunday, June 25, 2023
  • 5 PM - 9 PM
Depart
  • Kona, HI (KOA)
  • Friday, July 7, 2023
  • 7 PM - 10 PM

Hawaiian Islands 3A, July 11 - July 23, 2023

Arrive
  • Kona, HI (KOA)
  • Tuesday, July 11, 2023
  • 5 PM - 9 PM
Depart
  • Lihue, HI (LIH)
  • Sunday, July 23, 2023
  • 7 PM - 10 PM

Hawaiian Islands 3B, July 11 - July 23, 2023

Arrive
  • Lihue, HI (LIH)
  • Tuesday, July 11, 2023
  • 5 PM - 9 PM
Depart
  • Kona, HI (KOA)
  • Sunday, July 23, 2023
  • 7 PM - 10 PM

Hawaiian Islands 3C, July 11 - July 23, 2023

Arrive
  • Kona, HI (KOA)
  • Tuesday, July 11, 2023
  • 5 PM - 9 PM
Depart
  • Lihue, HI (LIH)
  • Sunday, July 23, 2023
  • 7 PM - 10 PM

Hawaiian Islands 1D, July 11 - July 23, 2023

Arrive
  • Lihue, HI (LIH)
  • Tuesday, July 11, 2023
  • 5 PM - 9 PM
Depart
  • Kona, HI (KOA)
  • Sunday, July 23, 2023
  • 7 PM - 10 PM

If you’d like to book your travel through our partnered travel agency, Exito, please follow this link to start the booking process. They are familiar with all Moondance flights.

• Keep in mind the group travels to and from the airport together, so arriving and departing within the specified windows below is very important.

• Remember when booking your child’s flight to allow at least a 2-hour layover in any connecting airport to avoid missed connections or baggage delays
• If your child flies as an unaccompanied minor, please remember to pay the unaccompanied minor fee for both legs of the trip when booking travelo We will contact you in the Spring to give your child’s trip leader’s names and contact information for the unaccompanied minor contact. In the meantime, please give the airline your information.

• If your child flies as an unaccompanied minor, a leader wearing a Moondance t-shirt will meet your child at the flight’s arrival gate. All other students will meet their leader at the Delta baggage claim.

• Ideally, fly direct and depart early to prevent any problems with flight changes and delays.