Hunting Documents

Certification cards

When you successfully pass an official hunter education class, you receive a Hawaii hunter certification card, which allows you to purchase a Hawaii hunting license.

Letters of exemption

Letters of exemption exempt you from being required to take a Hawaii hunter education class and allow you to purchase your Hawaii hunting license directly.

Hunting licenses

To go hunting in Hawaii you will need a Hawaii hunting license. To get a hunting license you will need either a Hawaii hunter certification card, or a Hawaii letter of exemption.

Hunting permits

In some cases you will need hunting permits to hunt certain animals and birds in certain seasons and locations. The following links will give you a place to start to get more information.

Some permits are available by lottery only. You will need to have your hunting license by the day the hunt starts.

Hunter Education staff holding a certification card.

How does this work?

Pass a basic
Hawaii Hunter Education class
  Pass an out-of-state
Hunter Education class
Receive a Hawaii
Hunter Certification Card
  Request a Hawaii
Letter of Exemption
Purchase a
Hawaii Hunting License
Apply for
Purchase Tags & Permits
Check in to a hunting station
Go hunt!
Check out / Report your harvest