Permits & Reservations

Kalaupapa National Historical Park issues permits for events such as filming, photography, public assembly, religious events, and special park uses.

Special Use Permits
Special Park Use Permits are required for short-term activities that takes place in the park and provides a benefit to an individual, group or organization, rather than the public at large; written authorization is required and some degree of management control from the NPS to protect park resources and the public interest; and are not prohibited by law or regulation. The National Park Service may authorize a special park use permit providing the activity will not cause derogation of the park's resources or values, visitor experiences, or the purpose for which the park was established.

The completion and submission of a application and the processing fee ($100.00) does not guarantee a permit will be authorized. In addition to the application fee, the park is authorized to recover and retain all costs associated with monitoring and managing special use permits and a location fee except for First Amendment activities. Any permit request received less than 30 days in advance will be processed as quickly as possible but may not be issued because of time constraints. Download the application for a Special Use permit. Events that need a permit include athletic events, parades, public spectator attractions, ceremonies, weddings, memorializations, and First Amendment activities (public assemblies, meetings, gatherings, demonstrations).
Commercial Filming
All commercial filming requires a permit. Any digital or film recording of a visual image or sound recording by a person, business, or other entity for a market audience, such as for a documentary, television or feature film, advertisement, or similar project needs a commercial filming permit. It does not include news coverage or visitor use. Download the application for the Commercial Filming permit.

Still Photography
Still photography permits are needed when the activity takes places at a location closed to the public, models are used, sets, props, or when the park will incur on additional administrative costs to monitor the activity. The park will monitor the activity to avoid impairment or incompatible use of the resources and values of the park, to limit resource damage, or to minimize health or safety risks to the visiting public. Download the application for the Still Photography permit.

All commercial filming and still photography permits are subject to cost recovery and location fee. No waivers are allowed. For questions regarding permits, please contact the park at 808-567-6802.

Last updated: September 13, 2016

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Kalaupapa , HI 96742


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