Important News Update

Dept. Of Transportation, Commercial Filming Blackout Dates Daniel K. Inouye Airport:
For the 2018 year:
December 23 thru December 31, 2018
For the 2019 year:
January 1 thru January 3, 2019
November 24 thru November 30, 2019
December 23 thru December 31, 2019
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.


Hurricane Olivia

URGENT NOTICE as of 4:00 pm Monday September 10, 2018
Due to the impending storm, some State agencies are closing facilities in advance of Hurricane Olivia:


At this time, our state agencies will not be issuing any film permits until damage assessments have been made. Depending on the impact of the storm over the next 2 days, we may begin to process film permit applications Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018.

For those productions that have an approved State Film Permit for Sept. 11-12, 2018, especially on Hawaii Island and Maui County, please call our office asap today or tomorrow (by 12noon) to discuss your filming options or discuss postponing your shoot until a later date.

The County Film Offices may have similar notices. Please check with them directly regarding your productions.

Mahalo for your understanding, The Hawai‘i Film Office (9/10/18)


URGENT NOTICE as of 11:30 am Wednesday August 22, 2018 [/box]

Due to the impending storm, Governor Ige has issued a direction that state offices on Hawai‘i Island, Maui County, Oahu and Kaua‘i will be closed and non-essential state workers are being asked to not report to work tomorrow (Thursday) and Friday. As a result, our state agencies will not be issuing any film permits until further notice.

Depending on the impact of the storm over the weekend, we may begin to process film permit applications as of Monday, August 27.

The County Film Offices may have similar notices.  Please check with them directly regarding your productions.

Mahalo for your understanding, The Hawai‘i Film Office


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 (SP) under The Department of Land & Natural Resources (DLNR) is dealing with the volcano eruptions occurring on Hawaii Island that are impacting State Parks property.  As a result, State Parks will not be able to review and process ANY FILM PERMIT APPLICATIONS on Fridays.  Productions still must adhere to submitting completed, signed 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 (SP), please submit all film permit applications in a timely manner.  As a reminder, State Parks (SP) does not approve film permits for weekends or holidays.  Drone applications for State Parks will take (14) business days prior to shoot date.  Please use the list of State Observed Holidays when planning your shoot days. 

Mahalo for your understanding and cooperation. –The Hawaii Film Office team. (6-6-18 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.


On another note, roof construction on our building is underway and due to the extremely loud conditions we are sending calls to voicemail and answering them in the order received.  If you have questions or concerns please feel free to email us at

We appreciate all of your support in making these small changes and humbly thank you. Mahalo iāʻoe.




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.  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.