Hawaii Hunting Laws and Regulations
Who is required to complete hunter education in Hawaii?
According to Hawaii law, all hunters born after December 31, 1971, or before January 1, 1972, and have never held a previous Hawaii hunting license, must complete hunter education certification in order to purchase a hunting license in Hawaii.
Is completion of the Hawaii state agency-approved course required in order to buy a license?
Yes, in many cases. In order to buy a license, Hawaii Revised Statutes §183D-28 require that all hunters born after December 31, 1971, must first complete a course approved by the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources and IHEA-USA. Exceptions apply for hunters born before January 1, 1972, who can provide proof of a previous Hawaii hunting license.
Hunting education is currently required in several U.S. states and Canadian provinces.
All U.S. states, provinces, and countries that have mandatory hunter education requirements will accept the Hawaii Hunter Education Certificate. Likewise, Hawaii will accept Hunter Education certifications that are issued by other jurisdictions that meet official IHEA-USA requirements. (This is known as “reciprocity.”)
What Makes a Course Approved?
To be approved by the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, a course must teach hunters to become:
- Safe (by following all hunting safety rules)
- Responsible (about hunting, wildlife, conservation, and hunting laws)
- Knowledgeable (by knowing and demonstrating acceptable behavior and attitudes while hunting)
- Involved (in joining and participating in hunting and conservation organizations)
Meets IHEA-USA Standards
This Hawaii Hunter Ed online hunting education course was developed in accordance with the standards set forth by IHEA-USA and meets the requirements of the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources hunter safety mandate.
About the Standards
In 1999 the International Hunter Education Association (IHEA-USA) adopted a set of performance guidelines for basic hunter education courses. These standards have been used internationally by hunter education administrators to evaluate minimum core content in hunter education courses. Industry partners, including the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources and Hunter Ed, have used the revised standards to develop new student manuals and alternative delivery methods for hunter education.
Our Commitment to Hunter Education
Hunter Ed is committed to making sure Hawaii hunter education students learn the skills and information needed to have a safe, successful, and fun hunt. We strive to ensure this Hawaii online hunter safety course helps you become a more knowledgeable and ethical hunter. Educated hunters play an important role in making Hawaii a leader in conservation and wildlife management.
We accomplish that goal by working with Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources and IHEA-USA to produce a course that’s accurate, interesting, and easy to understand.
As a new hunter, you can be proud of your contributions to wildlife conservation and your role as a steward of our natural resources.