A permit is required for the following activities:
Activities That Require a Permit in Kaloko-Honokōhau NHP:
All weddings, regardless of size, must obtain a special use permit. Maximum group size for wedding ceremonies is 50 people. Weddings will be permitted for the Picnic Area only. See the Special Use Permits section.
Large Group Gatherings & Special Events
Gatherings with more than 25 people must obtain a special use permit. Groups can be no larger than 50 people. See the Special Use Permits section.
Complete, sign, and return the Special Use Permit Application (PDF 583 KB) at least ten business days prior to the event. Events with unusual requests will require at least fourteen days and events with potential resource impacts, up to three months for consideration.
As you proceed with the Special Use Permit process, please read through the following conditions for Special Use Permits. It is the responsibility of the permitee to familiarize themselves with the following conditions for Special Use Permits and ensure that they are followed by all members of your party. When the permitting process is complete, the permitee will be required to sign a document saying that you will comply with the following conditions.
The permitee is prohibited from giving false information; to do so will be considered a breach of conditions and be grounds for revocation: [36 CFR 2.32(a)(3)].
This permit may not be transferred or assigned without the prior written consent of the Superintendent.
The permitee shall exercise this privilege subject to the supervision of the Superintendent or designee, and shall comply with all applicable Federal, State, county and municipal laws, ordinances, regulations, codes, and the terms and conditions of this permit. Failure to do so may result in the immediate suspension of the permitted activity or the revocation of the permit. All costs associated with clean up or damage repairs in conjunction with a revoked permit will be the responsibility of the permitee.
The permitee is responsible for making all necessary contacts and arrangements with other Federal, State, and local agencies to secure required inspections, permits, licenses, etc.
The park area associated with this permit will remain open and available to the public during park visiting hours. This permit does not guarantee exclusive use of an area. Permit activities will not unduly interfere with other park visitors’ use and enjoyment of the area.
This permit may be revoked at the discretion of the Superintendent upon 24 hours’ notice
This permit may be revoked without notice if damage to resources or facilities occurs or is threatened, notwithstanding any other term or condition of the permit to the contrary.
This permit is made upon the express condition that the United States, its agents and employees shall be free from all liabilities and claims for damages and/or suits for or by reason of any injury, injuries, or death of any person or persons or property of any kind whatsoever, whether to the person or property of the Permitee, its agents or employees, or third parties, from any cause or causes whatsoever while in or upon said premises or any part thereof during the term of this permit or occasioned by any occupancy or use of said premises or any activity carried on by the Permitee in connection herewith, and the Permitee hereby covenants and agrees to indemnify, defend, save and hold harmless the United States, its agents, and employees from all liabilities, charges, expenses and costs on account of or by reason of any such injuries, deaths, liabilities, claims, suits or losses however occurring or damages growing out of the same.
Permitee agrees to carry general liability insurance against claims occasioned by the action or omissions of the permitee, its agents and employees
in carrying out the activities and operations authorized by this permit. The policy shall be in the amount of $___________ per Occurrence, $___________
Aggregate and underwritten by a United States company naming the United States of America as additional insured. The permitee agrees to provide the
Superintendent with a Certificate of Insurance with the proper endorsements prior to the effective date of the permit.
Permitee agrees to deposit with the park a bond in the amount of $____________ from an authorized bonding company or in the form of cash or cash
equivalent, to guarantee that all financial obligations to the park will be met.
Costs incurred by the park as a result of accepting and processing the application and managing and monitoring the permitted activity will be reimbursed by the permitee. Administrative costs and estimated costs for activities on site must be paid when the permit is approved. If any additional costs are incurred by the park, the permitee will be billed at the conclusion of the permit. Should the estimated costs paid exceed the actual costs incurred; the difference will be returned to the permitee.
The person(s) named on the permit as in charge of the permitted activity on-site must have full authority to make any decisions about the activity and
must remain available at all times. He/she shall be responsible for all individuals, groups, vendors, etc. involved with the permit
Nothing herein contained shall be construed as binding the Service to expend in any one fiscal year any sum in excess of appropriations made by
Congress or administratively allocated for the purpose of this permit for the fiscal year, or to involve the Service in any contract or other obligation for the
further expenditure of money in excess of such appropriations or allocations.
If any provision of this permit shall be found to be invalid or unenforceable, the remainder of this permit shall not be affected and the other provisions of
this permit shall be valid and be enforced to the fullest extent permitted by law.
Filming & Photography Permits
Professional photography and videography may require a permit. See below for more information.
To operate a business, profit or non-profit, in Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park requires a Commercial Use Authorization (CUA). All commercial tours that enter the park on a regular basis must have a CUA and are required to pay the commercial tour fee at the entrance station at each visit. The CUA is for commercial services that originate and terminate outside of the boundaries of the park. Activities such as advertising, soliciting, collecting fees or selling goods or services within the park boundaries are strictly prohibited.
Park fees include: $200 for the CUA and $7.00 per person upon all entry into the park (including walk-in and bicycle tours).