Kaʻohe Game Management Area

Kaʻohe Game Management Area

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The Ka‘ohe Game Management Area (and adjacent Ka‘ohe State Lease) lies on the western slope of Mauna Kea, and is accessed from Saddle Road. Ka‘ohe is forested with Māmane-Naio, and is a popular game bird hunting area. Additionally, it is currently designated as an archery hunting area for mammals.

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Hunting, hiking, birdwatching. 

Permits & Rules

All hunting on Hawaiʻi Island and in the State of Hawaiʻi is guided by the Rules Regulating Game Bird Hunting, Field Trials, and Commercial Shooting Preserves under Chapter 13-122 and the Rules Regulating Game Mammal Hunting under Chapter 13-123. Hunters are required to check-in and out of public hunting areas either through a Hunter Check Station (HCS) or via our mobile app OuterSpatial. To apply for hunts and purchasing of tags and permits for Hawaiʻi Island public hunting areas visit our Go Hunt website.  For information on Hunter Education, hunting licenses, or other issues, visit the statewide Hunting Homepage. The following additional conditions and restrictions shall apply to game hunting on Kaʻohe GMA:

  • Hunters must check in and out at Kilohana and Puʻu Huluhulu Hunter Checking Stations.
  • Game mammal hunting restricted for archery only.

Game Birds

For details on game bird rules for Hawaiʻi Island’s hunting units see Exhibit 1 from Chapter 13-122, HAR. Additional info is available on the statewide Game Bird Hunting page. For the 2021-2022  game bird season, Kaʻohe GMA will be open for game bird hunting Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, and State Holidays for the entire season from November through January. 

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An image of a Japanese quailJapanese Quail

An image of a Gambel's quailGambelʻs Quail

An image of a ring-necked pheasantRing-necked Pheasant

image of a melanistic blue pheasantMelanistic Blue Pheasant

An image of a Kalij PheasantKalij Pheasant

An image of a Chukar PartridgeChukar Partridge

An image of a grey francolinGrey Francolin

An image of a black francolinBlack Francolin

An image of an Erckel's FrancolinErckelʻs Francolin

An image of a wild turkeyWild Turkey

An image of a spotted doveSpotted Dove

An image of a barred doveBarred Dove

An image of a mourning doveMourning Dove

An image of a chestnut-bellied sandgrouseChestnut-bellied Sandgrouse


Game Mammals

For details on game mammal rules for Hawaiʻi Island’s hunting units see Exhibit 11 from Chapter 13-123, HAR. Additional info is also available on our statewide Game Mammal Hunting page.

An image of mouflon sheepMouflon Sheep

An image of a pigFeral Pig



Plans & Projects 

  • Mauna Kea Forest Restoration Project (MKFRP)

Additional Resources

The following trails can be found at Kaʻohe GMA:

Game mammal and Game bird hunting opportunities are offered on the six major islands in the State of Hawai‘i: (Kaua‘i, O‘ahu, Maui, Moloka‘i, Lāna‘i and the big island of Hawai‘i). Each of these islands has one or more State-designated public hunting areas (called Hunting Units), which are open for hunting at certain times during each year. Game mammal and game bird hunting opportunities are also available on private lands as well. Occasionally, the Division of Forestry & Wildlife (DOFAW) may modify or cancel a hunting season in a particular area to adjust for changes in weather conditions or animal populations. For more information visit the Division of Forestry and Wildlife Hunting Website.