According to Hawaii law, all hunters born after December 31, 1971, or before January 1, 1972, and have never held a previous Hawaii hunting license, must complete hunter education certification in order to purchase a hunting license in Hawaii. All U.S. states, provinces, and countries that have mandatory hunter education requirements will accept the Hawaii Hunter Education Certificate. Likewise, Hawaii will accept Hunter Education certifications that are issued by other jurisdictions that meet official IHEA-USA requirements. (This is known as “reciprocity.”)
Online hunter safety course and hunting classes
Hunting license application (resident)
Non-resident hunters purchasing license for first time.
Hunters shall carry their appropriate hunting license, as well as required permits or tags, on their person at all times while in the hunting area. Each hunter and hunter assistant shall check in before hunting and check out after hunting at the same established checking station. Each hunter shall provide all information requested by an authorized representative of the department or on hunter sign-in sheets or questionnaires and shall fill out and return any hunter report form they receive in the mail. No person shall possess or discharge any firearm within any public hunting area without having a valid Hawaii State hunting license in their possession. While hunting, each hunter shall be limited to carrying on their person only one legal firearm that is consistent with the hunt. However, a hunter may carry another hunter’s unloaded firearm in addition to his own unloaded firearm in close proximity to the other hunter.
No person shall hunt, serve as a guide, accompany, or assist a hunter in any hunting area where firearms are permitted without wearing an exterior garment (shirt, vest, jacket, or coat) made of commercially manufactured, solid blaze-orange material or solid blazeorange mesh material with a maximum mesh size of one-eighth inch. (All types of camouflage orange are prohibited for these garments.) When carrying game or wearing a back pack, the blaze orange on the upper torso must be visible from both front and back
For more detailed information on hunting areas, bag limits and seasons with the rules and regulations for each island. Please visit the DLNR forestry and wildlife, online booklet here.
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