Important News Update


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.



The State of Hawaii’s Unemployment Insurance system has been revamped to include the acceptance and processing of bonafide self-employed, 1099 and project/gig economy claims for employees who have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. These claims are covered by the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program, covered under the CARES Act.

–To learn more about the PUA program click here:

–To go directly to the PUA program application process:


Dept. Of Transportation, Commercial Filming Blackout Dates Daniel K. Inouye Airport:
For the 2020 year:
January 1 thru January 3, 2020
November 24 thru November 30, 2020
December 23 thru December 31, 2020
The only exceptions would be:
1) if filming is conducted solely within an airport tenant or concessionaire’s leased space; or
2) if the filming is done using a hand-held equipment or camera, and no stoppage/interruption of any pedestrian, passenger foot or vehicle traffic is planned.
The dates reflect high visitor carriage thru the airport and other areas of the campus. The resources such as bag claims, ticket lobbies, group tour parking lots to include heavy periods of cargo and freight commerce (on Lagoon Drive) may not be available for use. The ongoing construction projects such as HART and various current and upcoming airport improvement projects may restrict ideal times for filming due to construction noise and planned facility outages. Dates may be adjusted according to planned and or unplanned activity. The blackout periods listed do not include the Kalaeloa Airport or Dillingham Airfield.  Thank you for your understanding.


DOCARE Officers Rate Increase:

On September 1, 2018 an increase in pay rate for a DOCARE special duty officer will take effect from $50 per hour to $60 per hour with a 4 hour minimum.

The vessel fee will continue to be $50 per hour with a 4 hour minimum.  The per hour vessel charge will be for waterborne vessels only.  No charges will be made for transport or while vessels are on land.



Dept. of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) , Division of State Parks (SP) changes:

Aloha all producers and locations managers.  The Division of State Parks under The Department of Land & Natural Resources (DLNR) requires that Productions submit their completed, signed Standard film permit applications a minimum of five (5) business days prior to the first shoot date.   In order to avoid any last-minute rush for the Film Office and State Parks which could lead to a permit denial, please submit all film permit applications in a timely manner.  As a reminder, State Parks does not approve film permits for weekends or holidays.  Drone applications for State Parks will take (14) business days prior to shoot date.  We will do our best to move the drone requests through as fast as possible. Please use the list of State Observed Holidays when planning your shoot days. 

Mahalo for your understanding and cooperation. –The Hawaii Film Office team. (7-10-19 rev)



The Hawaiʻi Film Office gives a big mahalo nui to all of our permittees and needs your kōkua or help in making the Standard Film Permit process go smoother.  To better serve you, our film permittees, we need all film permit documents in a PDF format that would fit letter sized paper (letter sized 8.5” x 11”).  The second important way you can kōkua would be to send documents as attachments and not embed film permit information within an email.





Due to a significant increase in production activity and requests for commercial drone use for filming, the Hawai‘i Film Office will adhere to its policy that all STANDARD film permits be submitted at least 5 business days prior to the first prep/shoot date.  For commercial drone use for filming, the Film Office requires that applications and required drone documents be submitted at least 14 business days in advance of the first prep/shoot date. This is due to the time it takes to review the drone requests and ensure that all required documents and insurance are in order.  We will do our best to move the drone requests through as fast as possible.  Please be sure that all film permit applications and drone applications are filled out completely with all the necessary information before submitting to the Film Office. That will minimize any unnecessary delays.   This only applies to Standard Film Permits.  Open/Accessible permits can still be applied for online through the ePermit system and normally can be approved in a day. Drone activity is not allowed for the Open/Accessible permits.