Permits & Reservations

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Sunset viewed from the Picnic Area through coconut trees and parked cars
The Picnic Area is a popular spot for large group gatherings, weddings, commercial filming, and more.

NPS / Jeff Walsh


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.

Commercial Filming & Photography

Please see the Commercial Filming & Photography section of this page for more information.

Commerical Activities (Business & Non-profit)

To operate a business, profit or non-profit, in Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park requires a Commercial Use Authorization (CUA). This includes commerical tours.

First Amendment Activities Over 25 People

Please see the First Amendment section of this page for more information.

Special Use Permits

  1. 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.
  2. Read through the Park Conditions for Special Use Permits to make sure your event will be appropriate for the Park. Inappropriate uses will not be authorized.
  3. Submit a check or money order payable to the "National Park Service" for $50.00, the nonrefundable Permit Application Fee.
Printable Instructions for the Special Use Permit (PDF 166 KB)

  1. Weddings and wedding photography are prohibited in Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historic Park except in the designated picnic area south of the great wall to the end of the parking lot.

  2. Weddings are limited to no more than 50 people.

  3. Potted plants, dried flower arrangements or other plants with seeds will not be allowed.

  4. All flowers and flower parts must be removed from the park.

  5. All guests including the bride and groom must pay the entrance fees unless they possess a valid park pass.

  6. Gathering of stones or coral for the construction of ceremonial walkways or to create messages is prohibited.

Phone Number:
808-328-2326 (x1221) & (x1222)

Email Address:
(click here to email through the website)

Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park
Hwy 160
Hōnaunau, HI 96726

Commercial Filming & Photography Permits

All professional and commercial photography and videography require a permit.

  1. Complete, sign, and return the Commercial Filming & Photography Permit Application (PDF 651 KB) at least 14 days in advance of the requested date.
  2. Submit a copy of your insurance naming the "United States Government" as additionally insured.
  3. Submit a check payable to the "National Park Service" for the combined amount of the nonrefundable Permit Application Fee and the mandatory Location Fee. The Permit Application Fee is $150. The madatory Location Fee will depend on the total number of people involved in the production and the number of days filming in the park (see the table below).
Mandatory Location Fees for Commercial Filming and Photography

Commerical Filming

Fee / Day

Commercial Photography

Fee / Day

1 - 2 people (camera and tripod only)

$0 / day

1 -10 people

$150 / day

1- 10 people

$50 / day

Printable Instructions for Commercial Filming & Photography Permit Application (PDF 207 KB)

  1. Large equipment requiring assembly is not permitted.
  2. Generators are not permitted as the noise will deter from visitor experience.
  3. No more than 10 people, including cast and crew.
  4. Permit does not allow access to areas that are restricted to the general public, including off trail travel.
  5. No filming is permitted within the Puʻuhonua.

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.
  • All crewmembers that are not essential to the operation should remain on trails or in the parking lot to reduce impact to an area.
  • 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.

The National Park Service is required to recover costs associated with filming:
The park may assign a ranger to your group for part or all of the shooting. The ranger will monitor the film crew's activity, provide essential resource protection and safety information, and inform visitors about the special use activity. Ranger staff may also be assigned to provide historic and resource education interviews. The park ranger fee is $50 per hour with a two-hour minimum.

  1. The use of props and/or paid actors requires a permit.
  2. Wedding and group photography are restricted to the Picnic Area south of the Great Wall to the end of the parking lot.
Phone Number:
808-328-2326 (x1221) & (x1222)

Email Address:
(click here to email through the website)

Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park
Hwy 160
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).

To be considered for a CUA you must complete the Commercial Use Authorization Application (PDF 180 KB) in its entirety and submit the completed application with payment to the park.

U.S. Department of the Interior
National Park Service
73-4786 Kanalani Street
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

PH: (808) 329-6881 x 1330 FAX: (808) 329-2597

If you have any questions, please call the number above or email us. We look forward to working with you and seeing you in the park.

Resuming CUA Operations After COVID-19 Closure

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:

  1. A valid, current Certificate of Insurance (COI) must be received and reviewed by commerical services staff prior to operating the park.
  2. 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.
  3. All tours must adhere to current CDC, State, and County COVID-19 guidelines per Condition 2 Legal Compliance of your permit.

Please see this letter to CUA Owners from the Superintendent for more information.

First Amendment Area

Satellite image of the parking lot with the first amendment area highlighted in red.

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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. First Amendment Activities are restricted the designated First Amendment area.

    1. The last parking space on the north side of the parking lot on the exit side

Last updated: October 21, 2020

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Mailing Address:

PO BOX 129
Hōnaunau, HI 96726


(808) 328-2326

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