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

We hope to open our Film Industry statewide soon. We have been working closely with our State agencies to determine which agencies are able to begin accepting film permit applications for State locations in the near future.  The outlook is quite bright as 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 have all confirmed their eagerness to get the ball rolling again on film permits with the Hawaiʻi Film Office. The state Department of Defense and Judiciary have indicated they continue to struggle with bandwidth and therefore do not foresee accepting applications in the near future. 

With that being said, the majority of our agencies have the ability to begin again.  Once we receive the Governor’s approval to safely re-open filming across all islands and all counties, we will be able to let industry know.   As you all well know, the Film industry is poised to play a key role in the State of Hawai’i’s economic recovery.


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.