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DLNR updating hunter education registration process


The Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Hunter Education Program is updating its statewide registration process to better accommodate a recent surge in interested course participants

“The Hawaii Hunter Education Program’s mission is to educate resource users to become responsible, conservation-minded, and safety conscious. Our goal is to ensure that Hunter Education classes statewide are available to the public and consistent with public demand,” said William J. Aila, Jr. DLNR chairperson.

“The department is committed to improving course registration availability to match public interest as part of the Abercrombie Administrator’s New Day initiative to improve government,” Aila said.

To ensure that classes are available to the public, the Hawaii Hunter Education Program is working to add more classes to its monthly schedule.

In concert with this, students now may register for Hunter Education classes statewide no earlier than two months before a scheduled class.

Changes to the registration policy will help to reduce the high number of no-shows among pre-registered students as well as improve availability of classes.

Class schedules are available online at

For further information, call the Hunter Education Program at (808) 587-0200 or toll free at 1-866-563-4868. To register for classes, call (808) 887-6050 or toll free at 1-800-353-4868.

About the Hawaii Hunter Education Program in DLNR:

Hunting in Hawaii requires a valid Hawaii hunting license, whether you hunt on public or private land.

In order to purchase a Hawaii Hunting License, you must possess one of the following documents: a Hawaii Hunter Education Certificate; or a Letter of Exemption issued by the Hawaii Hunter Education Program.

Hawaii Hunter Education Certificates are issued to graduates of our basic Hunter Education course, and individuals may use it to purchase a Hawaii Hunting License directly from a license agent at various retail locations throughout the state, any Division of Forestry and Wildlife office, or any Hunter Education Program office.

Individuals may also purchase Hawaii Hunting Licenses online.

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