A Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) is required for commercial transportation companies that convey visitors for a direct or indirect fee into and/or out of the Pearl Harbor National Memorial. These are the authorized commercial transportation providers for the Pearl Harbor National Memorial. This list is updated quarterly.
Special Events, Ceremonies, and Performances
The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center offers visitors a place to connect with national, international, and personal histories of World War II in the Pacific, ranging from events leading to the December 7, 1941 attack on Oʻahu, to continued peace and reconciliation. Special events are authorized under a Special Use Permit (SUP) when they fall within the scope and purpose for which the memorial was established. The memorial is a “place of remembrance and contemplation of the nature of war and the sacrifices of those who lost their lived during the Pacific War.”
Events authorized through permit must meet the following criteria:
To apply, download a Special Use Permit Application. Please e-mail us to submit applications or to ask questions about this process. Allow 5 business days for the processing of completed permit applications. Only completed applications will be considered. Applications may be denied due to the lack of sufficient time to review, process, and schedule.
**A permit is not required for a visitor's personal, noncommercial filming and photography activities within normal visitor center hours.**
What is Low-Impact Filming?
NPS is prohibited by law from permitting any filming, still photography, or other related activity that presents a likelihood of resource damage, would cause an unreasonable disruption of the public’s use and enjoyment of the site, or poses health or safety risks to the public. Issuance of any filming and photography permit will be subject to terms and conditions, which must be accepted in writing by the permit holder before the permit will become effective. In addition to other conditions, permit holders are required to carry specified types and levels of insurance and to indemnify and hold harmless the United States from liabilities in connection with the permit. Neither the application for a filming and photography permit nor the permit, once issued, may be transferred or assigned.
1. For commercial filming, please complete, sign, and return the NPS Form 10-930 Special Use Permit Application. For still photography, please complete, sign, and return the NPS Form 10-931 - still photography permit application.
2. Submit a copy of the Certificate of Insurance, or its equivalent, naming the United States Government, National Park Service, Pearl Harbor NM as additionally insured for a minimum of $1,000,000.00. All insurers for all coverage must be rated no lower than A- by the most recent edition of the Best’s Key Rating Guide (Property-Casualty Edition); must have a Best’s Financial Size Category of at least VII according to the most recent edition of A.M. Best’s Key Rating Guide (PropertyCasualty Edition); and must be admitted, licensed, and approved to operate in the state of Hawaii.
Any permit issued will be for filming and photography, alone: no on screen dialogue is allowed through this permit on the USS Arizona, USS Utah, and USS Oklahoma Memorials, on the floating dock near the USS Arizona Memorial or on the mooring quays along Battleship Row. The permit holder is required to present to the National Park Service the text of storylines, voice over narratives, story arc descriptions and other scene-related commentary utilizing images of the memorials as a part of the permit application process. NPS will review this information solely for purposes of determining if the legal criteria for issuance of a filming and photography permit are met. Choice of content is that of the applicant, alone, and will not be regulated by NPS.
Issuance of a film permit by the National Park Service does not provide any rights, consents, or authorizations (1) to film, photograph or record (regardless of form or the media on which it may be recorded) or use the name(s) of any individuals, including without limitation any park visitors; or (2) regarding to any claims of right of privacy or publicity that may be asserted by any individuals whose name, photographic likeness, image and/or voice may be contained in any films or photographs made. NPS is not liable for the disclosure, use or reproduction of any such recorded information.
1. Use of underwater video footage or still imagery of the USS Arizona and/or USS Utah maintained by NPS must be requested through the film application process. The National Park Service will identify what imagery or video footage is available to the permit applicant.
2. If the video footage or still imagery available through the National Park Service is not acceptable to the permit applicant, the permit applicant may—at its sole discretion— support all government costs associated with acquiring new video footage or still imagery by the National Park Service.
3. The permit applicant acknowledges that all existing or newly acquired video or film footage or still imagery or record (regardless of form or the media on which it may be recorded) will be the property of the US Federal Government which shall have the right to use, disclose, reproduce, prepare derivative works, distribute copies to the public and perform publicly and display publicly, in any manner and for any purpose, and to have or permit others to do so.
Last updated: April 14, 2021