Locations

** For more information on fees associated with your permit application, please choose one of the location categories below.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • See latest updates on commercial activity regulations & protocols at Pololu ( Hawaii Island) on our DLNR page here.
  • $.25/sf for any reserved area under DOBOR or State Park jurisdiction. For more information click on the DLNR link below.
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DLNR
State Parks
Boating
Land Division
Forestry

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DOT
Airports
Highways
Harbors

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Buildings & Facilities
Iolani Palace, State Archives, HiSAM

Film Permit Procedures for Use of State-Administered Location

  • Film permits and insurance are required for all filming activity, commercial, educational or non-profit projects which take place within the State’s jurisdiction.  Film permits are not required for photography or video that is only for personal use or which takes place on private property.
  • The State of Hawaii Film Office processes film permit applications for the following state properties or facilities:
  1. Department of Accounting and General Services – state facilities, parking lots and state meters under their management;
  2. Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism – state property under the Hawaii Community Development Authority and Natural Energy Lab of Hawaii;
  3. Department of Defense – facility at Diamond Head;
  4. Department of Hawaiian Home Lands – beaches and forestry areas;
  5. Department of Land and Natural Resources – beaches, parks, trails, forestry areas, small boat harbors and waters;
  6. Department of Public Safety – state jails and prisons
  7. Department of Transportation– airports, highways and commercial harbors;
  8. University of Hawaii – only Mauna Kea Observatory and Haleakala Observatory (for educational and scientific filming only);
  9. Judiciary – state courts
  • The State of Hawaii Film Office does not process film permits for the following state properties or facilities.  Please contact these entities directly to inquire about their filming policies:
  1. Department of Education (Public Schools) – contact the school principal;
  2. State Libraries – contact the library;
  3. State of Hawaii Public Charter Schools – contact the school principal;
  4. University of Hawaii facilities, except as noted above.

Ways to Determine your Locations’ Jurisdiction

TMK Finder (Tax Map Key)

Use the “TMK Finder” to determine the details of your locations’ jurisdiction using two methods:

  • Use the map to manually zoom in on your location
  • Fill in the TMK (Tax Map Key) number in the search bar to take you directly to your location’s parcel

NOTE: Be sure to expand the text box for full information of the “Lessee” owner by clicking “more info”

TMK FINDER

PLTIS (Public Land Trust Information System)

In order to use the PLTIS website, you must create your free profile to begin.
You can use this website to determine the details of your locations jurisdiction in three ways:

  • Copy & Paste the location coordinates from Google Maps in the search bar
  • Use the map to manually zoom in and find your location
  • Fill in the TMK Number (Tax Map Key) in the search bar to take you directly to your locations parcel

NOTE: Be sure to expand the text box for full information of the “Lessee” owner by clicking on “more info”

PLTIS

State Location Resources

DLNR (Department of Land and Natural Resources)
beaches, parks, trails, forestry areas, small boat harbors and waters;

TMK Finder (Tax Map Key)

Public Land Trust Information System

DOT (Department of Transportation) airports, highways and commercial harbors;

County Film OfficesHonolulu, Maui (includes Molokai & Lanai), Kauai, Big Island (Hawai‘i Island)

State Buildings & Facilities

Filming in Sensitive Locations

Hawaii Film Studio

O&A Sites (Open & Accessible)

Restrictions

  1. Weekend filming is highly discouraged if filming negatively impacts the general public, particularly at popular locations. However, requests for weekend filming will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  2. Commercial filming is not allowed at the following locations:
  • Heiau in Haena on Kauai
  • Iolani Palace and grounds on Oahu
  • Royal Mausoleum on Oahu
  • Washington Place on Oahu