Hunt Kauaʻi

Hunt Kauaʻi

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All hunting on Kauaʻi and through 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. For information on Hunter Education, hunting licenses, or other issues, visit the statewide Hunting Homepage.

The DOFAW-managed public hunting area on Kauaʻi is approximately 100,000 acres, or about 1/3 of the island of Kauaʻi. Those lands are designated as Natural Area Reserves, Forest Reserves, State Parks, and Game Management Areas. The program serves approximately 2,000 licensed hunters on Kauaʻi. The web map on this page shows public hunting areas on Kauaʻi. Users can view the statewide hunting map at the Hunting homepage to understand which areas are also designated as Natural Area Reserves, Forest Reserves, etc., and the rules associated with those areas.

Recent Updates to Hunting on Kauaʻi

On Kauaʻi, more than 4,000 acres of new, accessible hunting areas has been recently established by DOFAW. The recently established Unit L provides 3,700 acres of deer and pig hunting area.  DOFAW is working to provide access to a landlocked section of Unit C (Lihue-Koloa) and has recently created 350 acres of new hunting area. DOFAW is also working on expanding this hunting area an additional 164 acres. DOFAW has added 500 acres to Unit C (Moloa’a) for new goat and pig hunting. DOFAW is pursuing access to this landlocked area. DOFAW opened approximately 700 acres in Nounou Mountain (Sleeping Giant) to bow hunting.

In addition to the information on this page, check the Hunting Announcements page. Many of our statewide announcements have island-specific details. You can also join the Kauaʻi Hunters Email List managed by the Kauaʻi Forestry & Wildlife branch.

Interested in the efforts to protect Kauaʻi’s forest birds from mosquitoes and avian malaria? This flyer describes two tools for controlling mosquitoes in Kauaʻi’s forests: a bacterial called Bt or “dunk” that is used to kill mosquito larvae, and a proposed tool called the Incompatible Insect Technique, or mosquito birth control. You can learn more in the flyer below, or in this video from the Kauaʻi Forest Bird Recovery Project.

Hunter Flyer: Birds Not Mosquitoes

Apply for Hunts & Contact the Kauaʻi Forestry & Wildlife Office

Hunters can apply for hunts and purchase tags and permits online at the links below.

Apply for Hunts

Purchase Tags & Permits

To apply for hunting permits in person, contact the Kauaʻi branch office or call one of the vendors below to pickup an application:

Eastside Pono Market, Lace It Up, Kapahi Menehune Food Mart and Wailua Country Store.
Central  JGB Arms and Elite Hunters
Westside Salt Pond Country Store, Umi’s Store, Westside Feed Store

For the best hunting experience, please contact the local branch of the Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) prior to your hunt. They have access to the most current information on hunting seasons, hunting areas, and the local conditions. In addition, certain hunting opportunities require special permits or tags that are only available by lottery.

Game Birds on Kauaʻi

For details on game bird rules for Kauaʻi’s hunting units see Exhibit 11 from Chapter 13-122, HAR. Additional info is available on the statewide Game Bird Hunting page.

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Ring-necked pheasant

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Melanistic Mutant (Blue) Pheasant

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Gray Francolin

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Black Francolin

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Erckel’s Francolin

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Chukar Partridge

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Japanese Quail

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Spotted Dove

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Barred Dove

Game Mammals on Kauaʻi

For details on game mammal rules for Kauaʻi’s hunting units see Exhibit 1 from Chapter 13-123, HAR. Additional info is also available on our statewide Game Mammal Hunting page.

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Feral Pig

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Black-tail Deer (By lottery, tags or permits required)

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Feral Goat


Downloadable Hunting Maps for Kauaʻi

Click below to find PDF versions of Public Hunting Area units that you can print and take with you. Note that unit boundaries and closures may have changed since the creation of these maps. Contact your local DOFAW branch office for updates.

Click here for a list of downloadable hunting maps for Kauaʻi
Unit A Kekaha GMA Download Map
Unit B Puu Ka Pele FR Na Pali Kona FR Download Map
Unit C Halelea Forest Reserve Download Map
Unit C Moloaa Forest Reserve Download Map
Unit C Kealia Forest Reserve Download Map
Unit C Lihue Koloa Forest Reserve Download Map
Unit D Kokee State Park Download Map
Unit E Na Pali Kona FR Hono O Na Pali NAR Download Map
Unit E Na Pali Kona FR Alakai WP Download Map
Unit F Mokihana Ridge Waimea Canyon Download Map
Unit G Na Pali Coast SWP Hono O Na Pali NAR Download Map
Unit H Puu Ka Pele FR Na PaliKona FR Kuia NAR Download Map
Unit I Wailua GMA Download Map
Unit J Puu Ka Pele FR Waimea Canyon SP Download Map
Unit K Puu Ka Pele Forest Reserve Download Map
Unit K Kalalau Rim Sec Download Map
Unit L Kokee Rd Waimea Canyon Rd Download Map


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 download Google Earth to your mobile device or desktop. These files will provide layers displaying Hunting Units, Na Ala Hele Trails, and State Managed Lands.

Hunting Units KMZ Nā Ala Hele Trails KMZ State-Managed Lands KMZ

Public Hunting Areas on Kauaʻi

Explore the map below to see which lands managed by DOFAW are also designated as Public Hunting Areas. Note that this map shows the area boundaries as reflected in the 2015 administrative rules. For recent boundary changes (area additions and removals) contact the DOFAW branch office near you. The map also shows safety zones and areas that are closed or where no hunting is allowed. Click the arrows in the top lefthand corner of the map to see the legend.

DOFAW also operates two Game Management Areas (GMAs) on Kauaʻi: Wailua GMA and Kekaha GMA.


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