Can You Fly a Drone in Hawaii?

Yes, you can fly a drone in Hawaii. Drones are regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and are subject to the Federal Code of Regulations (CFR). Hawaii, as part of the United States of America, allows drone use for both recreational and commercial uses.

Hello, fellow drone enthusiasts! My name is Lavelle and I am a drone pilot and a long-time drone enthusiast. Over the past decade, I have flown my drones across the US and have experienced some amazing drone journeys. 

In this article, I will cover the use of drones in Hawaii for recreational and commercial purposes. I will also list some of the areas in Hawaii where drones are restricted.

Key Takeaways

  • Be sure to register your drone with the FAA before starting your journey.
  • Prepare for the Recreational UAS Safety Test and fly with your test pass certificate in hand.
  • Make sure to check and follow all FAA and local Hawaii regulations.

Recreational Flights in Hawaii

Drone enthusiasts should first ensure that their drone is registered with the FAA. For details on how to register your drone, click here.

After registering your drone, you should be sure to know and understand the requirements for flying drones for recreational uses. 

Recreational drone operators in Hawaii must take the Recreational UAS Safety Test (TRUST). You are also required to follow the FAA Recreational Flyers rules.

If your drone weighs more than 250 grams (.55 lbs), then there is an additional fee for registering the drone in Hawaii. 

Also, there are rules specific to Hawaii regarding airspace and flying heights. Drone operators should adhere to all other common flying rules such as not flying higher than 400 feet from the ground and keeping the drone within the operator’s line of sight while flying.

Commercial Flights in Hawaii

Commercial drone pilots are required to follow the FAA requirements found in Part 107 of the Code of Federal Regulations to fly a commercial drone in Hawaii. 

Part of the requirement includes passing the Aeronautical Knowledge Test and obtaining a Remote Pilot Certificate. Information on this test can be found here.

Places Where You Can Not Flight Drones in Hawaii

In the state of Hawaii, areas such as national parks, natural state parks, and reserve lands are restricted flying areas. 

Hawaii’s Natural State Parks

The Natural State Parks in Hawaii are beautiful sites and are frequented by tourists every day. The parks also host many protected species of animals and birds. 

Therefore, these areas are restricted areas for drone operations. You can find details about the Natural State Parks in Hawaii here

Hawaii’s Reserves

The beautiful reserve land such as Mauna Kea and the Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve are areas that restrict drone activity. 

To operate a drone in reserve lands, you need to obtain a zone permit. All drone activity near volcano lands is prohibited in the state of Hawaii.

Ports, Airports, Military, and Other Critical Infrastructure

Some other areas that restrict or prohibit drone activity include airports, ports, military bases, and other federal, state, or local critical infrastructure facilities. 

You should contact the local authorities to ensure that you are fully aware of all the no-fly zones in Hawaii and on its various islands.


Here are some answers to a few of the most frequently asked questions about flying a drone in Hawaii.

Are Drones Allowed in Hawaii?

Yes, drones are allowed in Hawaii. However, there are certain areas, like Natural State Parks, where drone activity is restricted or prohibited.

Do I Have to Register My Drone in Hawaii?

You have to register your drone with the FAA prior to operating it in the US including Hawaii. You can register your drone on the FAA website.

Can You Fly a Drone in a Hawaii State Park?

The Department of Land and Natural Resources in Hawaii strictly prohibits the flying of drones in its state parks. You can get more information about their specific details here.

Final Thoughts

There are no restrictions on bringing your drone into the state of Hawaii. However, there are rules associated with drone use in state parks and national parks, and other restricted lands and facilities in Hawaii. The state is a beautiful place to visit and bringing your drone along for the adventure is a great idea! 

Have you ever flown a drone in Hawaii? How was your experience? Share your tips for drone enthusiasts heading to Hawaii in the comments below.

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