A permit is required for the following activities:
Activities That Require a Permit in Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau 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.
Under the interim guidance, the National Park Service is not distinguishing between types of filming, such as commercial, non-commercial, or news gathering. Low-impact filming activities will not require a special use permit, but non-low-impact filming activities may require a permit to address their potential impacts on park resources and visitor activities.
All filming will be done in such a way that provides for the protection of park resources and for the positive experience of the visitor. The safety of park visitors and employees, and film crewmembers will be ensured during all filming activities.
Do not alter, move, or disturb any park feature. All rocks, historic walls, standing and downed wood, plants, animals, and other features are protected by federal law against disturbance, removal or destruction.
Always allow for visitor access, use, and enjoyment of an area.
Park all vehicles in designated paved parking areas. Always allow for other visitor access: this may mean that crew members serve as a lookout to watch for visitors entering filming location or area to avoid interruptions.
Do not enter areas closed to the public unless permission is preauthorized through an approved special use permit and the crew is physically accompanied by US National Park Service personnel.
Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park
Hōnaunau, HI 96726
Commercial Use Authorization
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).
As of October 21, 2020 - With the State of Hawaiʻi allowance of trans-pacific travel, the park will allow resumption of all road and non-road based tours on November 1, 2020 providing the following requirements are met by each tour operator:
A valid, current Certificate of Insurance (COI) must be received and reviewed by commerical services staff prior to operating the park.
A COVID-19 Operating Plan that describes what measures are being taken to adhere to current CDC, State, and County COVID-19 guidelines must be sent to the park’s commercial services staff prior to operating in the park. The CUA holder is responsible for implementing their COVID-19 Operating Plan and taking appropriate actions to ensure their COVID-19 Operating Plan procedures are followed by employees and clients.
All tours must adhere to current CDC, State, and County COVID-19 guidelines per Condition 2 Legal Compliance of your permit.
Thank you for your patience as we all navigate through the remainder of 2020. For all our current 2020 CUAs, PUHO and KAHO will be extending 2020 permits until the end of 2021, without charging an application fee for 2021.
This 2021 CUA Renewal Application Packet is similar to the standard annual renewal packet. Please read the entire packet carefully and fill out all applicable fields to ensure we have accurate information.*
*Be sure to complete the CUA Annual Report for 2020 located near the end of the packet. Even though the park was closed for several months, we need customer numbers for each month.
New to the packet is a COVID-19 preparedness plan that all CUAs must provide. This plan must describe what measures are being taken to adhere to current CDC, State, and County COVID-19 guidelines. The holder is responsible for implementing their COVID-19 Operating Plan and taking appropriate actions to ensure their COVID-19 Operating Plan procedures are followed by employees and clients.
Major changes to any 2020 CUA may have to go through additional processing.
First Amendment Area
The First Amendment area is located in the last parking space across from the Administration building. The dimensions of the area are: 27 feet x 23 feet. One free-standing tent may be used in this area for protection from the sun.
The sale of merchandise in the park is prohibited by Title 36 C.F.R. § 5.3 except for the sale of printed matter as defined in Title 36 C.F.R. § 2.52. Commercial notices or advertisements shall not be displayed, posted or distributed on park property. Printed matter will be limited to message-bearing textual printed material such as books, pamphlets, magazines and leaflets whose primary purpose is the advocacy, definition or explanation of a group's or individual’s political, religious, scientific or moral beliefs. PERMITTEE may also distribute printed material free of charge. All other forms of merchandise, including posters, coffee mugs, audio tapes, DVDs, video tapes, T-shirts, hats and other clothing materials may not be sold under this regulation.
The free distribution of non-commercial message bearing electronic media to the public, such as CDs, DVDs, and other readable electronic media is authorized, but the PERMITTEE may not ask or demand payment or request a donation in exchange for these items.
No fee may be collected or donations solicited, except for the sale of printed material as noted above. Donations may be passively collected if participants choose to make a donation, but not for the exchange of any product or service.
First Amendment Activities are restricted the designated First Amendment area.
The last parking space on the north side of the parking lot on the exit side