FRS Permitting and Public Use

The public is generally free to enter Forest Reserves during daylight hours, unless otherwise restricted. Access permits may be required to control impacts to sensitive areas, prevent incompatible uses, regulate entry during periods of high fire danger, or authorize scientific collection of plants or animals.

The following public use permits may be obtained from the Department at the Branch Offices during normal business hours:


If you are interested in a commercial harvesting or collecting permit in the Forest Reserve, please fill out the permit application and return to your nearest District office.

Public Uses Permits available in conjunction with the Forest Reserve System are described in HAR §13-104 or Hunting Rules § 13-123. 

For hiking or multi-use trails refer to the Na Ala Hele program.

For information on volunteer opportunities please contact the DOFAW Branch Offices:

DOFAW Administrative Office
1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 325, Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 587-0166

Hawai‘i Branch Office
19 E. Kawali Street, Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 974-4221

Maui Nui Branch Office
54 South High Street, Wailuku, HI 96793
(808) 984-8100

O‘ahu Branch Office
2135 Makiki Heights Drive, Honolulu, HI 96822
(808) 973-9778

Kaua‘i Branch Office
3060 Elwa Street, Room 306, Lihue, HI 96766
(808) 274-3433