Activities and 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". Please contact the Center for Maunakea Stewardship for more information on permit applications.
Activities Requiring Permits
Hiking and Biking
Please complete a Registration Form, leave in the VIS registration box and sign-out when done.
Bikers: Use of two-wheel vehicles propelled by pedals require written permission (HAR §20-26-30(1)).
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. Hiking is strongly discouraged if inclement weather is in forecast or ongoing.
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
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.
If you would like to conduct research on Maunakea, please contact the Center for Maunakea Stewardship.
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.