Permits

The Center for Maunakea Stewardship is responsible for the proper use, management and protection of the many unique and significant resources of the Maunakea lands. Public and commercial activity is managed to ensure safe, appropriate and continued access to this valued place. Please be aware of the rules and permits that may apply to your visit and activities here.

Permit requirements are established under Hawaiʻi Administrative Rules (HAR) Chapter 20-26, "Public and Commercial Activities on Mauna Kea Lands".

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Hiking and Biking

Bikers: Use of two-wheel vehicles propelled by pedals require written permission (HAR §20-26-30(1)). Please complete and submit a Bicyclist Permission Form (Word file) and sign-out when done.

Hikers: All hikers should register to hike and stay on designated trails only (HAR §20-26-21(10)). Designated trails on Maunakea include the Humuʻula Trail, the Summit Access Road, Lake Waiau trails, and Poliahu. Please complete and submit a Hiker Registration Form (Word file) and sign-out when done. Hiking is strongly discouraged if inclement weather is in forecast or ongoing.

Please contact the Center for Maunakea Stewardship for more information on hiking and biking registration.

Film Permits

A film crew records a speaker atop Maunakea All individuals or groups wishing to film on Maunakea for the purpose of sale, video production, television transmission, or to publicize the visuals and other information in electronic or printing form must first acquire a permit from the State of Hawaiʻi Film Office. Film activities include still photography, video (including interviews and sound recordings), digital cameras, high definition digital recorders, etc. Please contact the Center for Maunakea Stewardship for more information on film permits.

Commercial Use Permits

Several tour busses are parked at the Visitor Information Station parking lot The only commercial permits that University issues are for commercial tour operators. Please contact the Center for Maunakea Stewardship for more information on commercial use permits.

Research Permits

Two researchers sit on Maunakea rocks looking for Wekiu bugs If you would like to conduct research on Maunakea, please contact the Center for Maunakea Stewardship.

Military Groups

Four military members stand next to a Humvee parked near the Maunakea summit Military groups require special permission and must follow specific rules. Please contact the Center for Maunakea Stewardship for more information on military activity on Maunakea.