Filming In Hawaii

Being the only U.S. state in the Oceania region, Hawaii is the 50th U.S. state. With eight main islands, the Hawaiian archipelago is located in the Pacific Ocean and is the home of a vast amount of beautiful scenic sights. Known for its beautiful beaches, tourism, and historical sites, Hawaii can offer a one of a kind experience. Combined with two National Parks, two official languages and a unique history dating back hundreds of years, the state of Hawaii is a perfect location for a shoot.

When shooting in Hawaii you should get in contact with the Hawaii State Film Office and the other local offices. The government office will help and guide you in the process when shooting in the state. For more information about their services.

Film Insurance Requirements in the State of

Minimum Requirements for a Standard Film Permit:

A Certificate of Insurance for General Liability ($1 million per occurrence, $2 million aggregate) and Automobile Liability ($1 million bodily injury per person, $1 million bodily injury per accident and $1 million property damage per accident), naming the State of Hawaii as additional insured, is required for a Standard Film Permit.

Required Wording:

In the “Description of Operations/Locations/Vehicles/Special Items” section:

“The State of Hawaii, including all of its departments and attached agencies, their officers, employees and agents are named as additional insured with respect to the named insured’s filming activities.”

In the “Certificate Holder” section:

State of Hawaii
c/o State of Hawaii Film Office
Dept. of Business, Economic Development & Tourism
P.O. Box 2359
Honolulu, Hawaii 96804-2359


  • The “insured” on the Certificate of Insurance must be the same as the “Applicant” on the film permit applications.
  • The University of Hawaii must also be named as additionally insured when filming at any of its facilities.
  • Kaka’ako Waterfront Park is no longer an Open and Accessible Site on Oahu. The Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA) must also be named as additionally insured when filming at Kaka’ako Waterfront Park.

A copy of the Certificate of Insurance must be faxed to the State of Hawaii Film Office with your Film Permit Application. The original Certificate must also be emailed to us in PDF format to or mailed to us at: State of Hawaii Film Office, PO Box 2359, Honolulu, HI 96804.

Hawaii State Film Office

250 S. Hotel St. Suite 510

Honolulu, HI 96813

United States

+1 (808) 586-2570

Disclaimer: The encapsulated production information on this page is provided for general purposes only and should not be construed as advice. While we do our utmost to keep all information up to date, production requirements change often. The best source for details is the film office itself.

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