Mahalo for your continued patience throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic recovery process.

Hawaiʻiʻs Film and Television industry is at various stages of reopening statewide, County by County.

We are working closely with government officials and film offices from every Island County to help clarify and outline how the industry is to move forward.  This is in conjunction with the film unions’ SAFE WAY FORWARD document that has now become the industry standard in this new age of COVID.

Due to some of the restrictions outlined in the most current County orders, some film activity will be limited to smaller groups than in the past. Currently, we are able to submit film permit applications to DLNR (State Parks, Boating, Land Management, and Forestry), DOT (Airports, Highways and Harbors), DAGS (State buildings and parking meters), and the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands for review and approval on a case-by-case basis.



Follow link below for important HIFA Visa Notice: 

IMPORTANT NOTICE from Hawaii International Film Association (HIFA) regarding suspension of HIFA’s Visa Waiver Pilot Program for Foreign Film Crew





Check out “Important News Update” for the latest info on film permit procedures, location information and drone information. 




Welcome to the official site of the State of Hawaii Film Office

In the past Hawaii has been known as “Hollywood’s Tropical Backlot” — due in part to high-profile films ranging from South Pacific to Jurassic Park to Fifty First Dates, to Pirates of the Caribbean and television productions like Hawaii Five-0, Magnum P.I., Lost, and The River.

But what more and more filmmakers are finding out is that Hawaii has a lot more to offer than just spectacularly lush tropical settings, fabulous weather, and golden light.

We’ve got competitive tax incentives, the only state-owned and operated film studio in the country and a growing list of production facilities, an experienced pool of crew and talent, a comprehensive local inventory of state-of-the-art equipment, a well-established one-stop process for state film permits, and a film-friendly government and community.

So, whatever your budget or location requirements, we’re ready to roll! To get started, check out our quick guide to Filming in Hawaii, or click on the links above to learn more about shooting here.