How To Hunt Wild Boar In Hawaii

Natives cooking a wild boar for a traditional Luau

Natives cooking a wild boar for a traditional Luau

Resident License: Yes, $10 for a hunting license

Non-Resident License: Yes, $95 for a non-resident hunting license, and you need to send in a letter of exemption form to prove your hunters education.

Resident Tag Fee: No tag required

Non-Resident Tag Fee: No Tag Required

Limit: Hunting wild boar is permitted on the islands of Maui, Molokai, Oahu and Kauai, but not the island of Lanai.  Limits are as follows:

KAUAI – 1 pig, per hunter, per day

OAHU – 1 pig of either sex, per hunter, per day

MOLOKAI – 2 pigs, per hunter, per day

MAUI – 2 pigs, per hunter, per day

Season: Unregulated

Legal Method of Take: Legal method of take will vary depending on the island you are hunting on, and the area you are in. Please refer to Rules Regulating Game Mammal Hunting linked below for specifics

Dogs: Yes, in some areas, please refer to http://www.state.hi.us/dlnr/dofaw/hunting/MammalHuntingRegs_Chap123.pdf

Night Time Hunting: No, hunting is only permitted 1 hour before sunrise and 1 hour after sunset.

Baiting: Yes

Summary: Wild pigs called “Pua” in the Hawaiian Islands, were first introduced by the Polynesians over 1200 years ago in Asiatic form of Sus Scrofa. Later in 1768, Captain James Cook introduced the European Boar to the islands. Wild pigs can be found in most areas in Hawaii short of human presence. The ideal pig habitat is in the rain forests where the food supply is abundant, hunting pressure is minimal, and there are large amounts of cover.

In Hawaii, you need to have a letter of exemption before you can hunt there. This is a letter you need to obtain from the Hawaii Department Of Natural Resources that basically states that you have already completed your hunter education requirements outside of Hawaii. DO NOT ARRIVE TO THE ISLAND AND EXPECT TO JUST GO HUNT WILD PIGS WITHOUT COMPLETING THIS STEP! You will be turned away. You need to fill out the form linked below, and make a photocopy of your states Hunters Education Certificate. Mail the form and copy of your out-of-state certificate to:

Hawaii Hunter Education Program
1130 North Nimitz Highway, Suite A-212

Honolulu, HI 96817-4580

Depending on what island you visit and hunt on will determine what the regulations for wild pig hunting are.


Hawaii Ecology Report

Rules Regulating Game Mammal Hunting

Hawaii Letter Of Exemption Form