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.
An application for special use (pdf 112KB) 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.
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
Did You Know?
Polynesians from distant lands came to the shores of Hawai‘i over a thousand years ago. Sailing on large, double-hulled canoes, they navigated by using the position of the stars, the sun and the moon, by the movement of the waves and by the flight of the birds.