Fishing the shoreline of the three ahupuaʻa within the park's boundaries has been practiced by Hawaiian families for generations. Traditional fishing practices that began hundreds of years ago continue to this day. This fishing knowledge has been passed down over the generations making fishing much more than just a recreational activity in Hawaiʻi. Those who have fished generationally have the kuleana (responsibility) to maintain a healthy and productive resource for future generations. Before casting a line into the water take some time to learn about the cultural practice of fishing as well as the rules and regulations.
The State of Hawaiʻi does not require a license or permit for marine recreational fishing for residents or visitors as long as you don’t sell your catch. For more information on what activities require a permit or a license visit the State of Hawaiʻi Division of Aquatic Resources Licenses & Permits page.
Recreational fishing is permitted in salt water in the park. All fishing must be in compliance with all Hawaiʻi Department of Land & Natural Resources regulations including
The following are not permitted within the park
While transporting weapons utilized for fishing within the park, all weapons must be in an unloaded condition until in the act of fishing in the ocean away from the vicinity of other park visitor.
Fish Consumption Advisories in National Park Waters
The Environmental Protection Agency, states, territories, and tribes provide advice on fish and shellfish caught in the waters in their jurisdiction to help people make informed decisions about eating fish. Advisories are recommendations to limit your consumption of, or avoid eating entirely, certain species of fish or shellfish from specific bodies of water due to chemical or biological contamination.
Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park Fish Consumption Advisories
The Hawaii Seafood Council (HSC) determined that the main safety problems of importance to Hawaii include
This informational brochure, Keeping Hawaii Seafood Safe to Eat, by the Hawaii Seafood Council provides more information on the safety concerns listed above.
Aquatic Invasive Species
Imagine your favorite fishing spot and the wonderful memories. Things may look fine but underneath the surface there is a serious threat. Everything you remembered is now cemented together in a sharp, smelly mess. Invaders have wiped out the fish species you used to catch.
How You Can Help - Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers
Fishing Throughout the National Park Service
We invite you to visit the Fish and Fishing website for more information about fish and fishing in the National Park Service. You will learn about conservation, different fish species, and parks that offer fishing.
Last updated: October 28, 2020