Scattering of Ashes
The scattering of cremated human remains in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park should be planned as a small private affair, held away from high visitor use areas. You are welcome to hold your ceremony anywhere the general public may go, with the exception of Halemaʻumaʻu Crater as it is a sacred site to many Native Hawaiians. Several important conditions must be considered in your plans and are listed below.
There is a non-refundable $25.00 application fee for the permit.
An application for special use (pdf-57KB) must be completed for your ceremony to be held in the park. Please email, mail, or fax (808) 985-6322 the completed form to Walt Poole at Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, P.O. Box 52, Hawaii National Park, HI 96718. A copy of the death certificate is required. A Special Use Permit may then be granted for the event.
The preferred method of payment is through Pay.gov. Please call 808-985-6027 to obtain the permit number to insert onto the online Pay.gov form. You must have this number in order to process payment. Please send a copy of the system generated receipt with this application. Or you may send a check or money order along with the application.
Contact Walt Poole at (808) 985-6027, if you have any questions.
Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park entrance fees will apply.
Special Use Permit Conditions for Scattering of Cremated Human Remains