STATE OF HAWAII
DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
NOTICE OF TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF PU‘U WA‘AWA‘A FOREST RESERVE HUNT
Press Release DOFAW
The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) announces the temporary closure of the public archery hunt in the Youth and Disabled area and the Makai Section of the Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a Forest Reserve (PWW) as a safety precaution due to the active wildland fire in and around the Pu‘u Anahulu GMA. The fire has burned over 10,000 acres since Wednesday, and several road closures remain in effect. The hunt will remain closed until the fire is contained, and safe public access to the hunting area is restored.
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DOFAW Managed Lands
Hunting in Hawai‘i requires a hunting license whether you hunt on public or private land. How to obtain a hunting license in Hawai‘i. In order to purchase a Hawai‘i Hunting License, you must possess one of the following documents:
- a Hawai‘i Hunter Education Wallet Card; or
- a Letter of Exemption, which may be completed online –click here .
Hawai‘i Hunter Education Wallet Cards are issued to graduates of our basic Hunter Education course and you may use it to purchase a Hawai‘i Hunting License directly from a license agent at various retail locations throughout the state. You may also purchase your Hawai‘i Hunting License online.
Letters of Exemption are issued free to those who have an out-of-state hunter education card or a Hawai‘i Hunting License issued prior to July 1, 1990.
If you’re a nonresident without a hunter education card, contact your local hunter education office and find out how, when, and where to enroll in a hunter education course in your home state/province. Once you get your hunter education certificate, you may go online to our Hunting License Application website and complete the non-resident Letter of Exemption form online. Once your form is processed you will receive a email with procedures to follow that will allow you to purchase a Hawai‘i hunting license.
If you are a nonimmigrant alien and wish to temporarily import firearms and ammunition into the United States, please read these FAQs by the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Unfortunately, many hunters don’t plan or research their hunting trips before traveling to Hawai‘i and are turned away at the license agent’s counter because they were unaware of this license requirement. As always, with any hunting trip, know before you go!
Google Earth .KMZ files are also available for download here. KMZ is a file format used to display geographic data in an Earth browser. To utilize these files you will need to download Google Earth on to your mobile device or desktop. These files will provide layers displaying Hunting Units, Na Ala Hele Trails, and State Managed Lands.