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HA PHA Bird Unit J; Kapapala Cooperative Game Management Area


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  • Lat/Lng

    19.35981, -155.40028
  • Size

    28349.66 acres


Reopening December 10 for the remainder of the 22-23 bird season pending no further geological threats.

Located on the east side of Hawaii Island. The Kapapala CGMA is a lease agreement with Kapapala Ranch the lessee of a 24,000+ acre state parcel from The State of Hawaii’s DLNR/ Land Division. The CGMA is located adjacent to Hawaii Volcano National Park and Kapapala Forest Reserve. The Ainapo Trail public access point is 14 miles from Volcano Village off Highway 11 at the 41.5-mile marker. Access is monitored throughout bird season with a staffed check station or a call-in gate combination. Being an active ranch, the area provides many four-wheel drive roads to travel around on in search of gamebirds just mind the livestock. Several Safety Zone exists in the ranch to keep cattle and Nene safe and are both posted and maybe viewed on maps. The Kapapala CGMA is currently for bird hunting only, the season extends from the first Saturday of November through the last weekend of January hunting days on weekends and State holidays. The Kapapala CGMA supports 6 species of game birds Erkel’s Francolin, Kaliji Pheasant, California Valley Quail, Barred dove, Lace-neck Dove and Wild turkey. Two additional species have been reared and released when available Ring Neck Pheasant, and Chukar partridge. The Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) currently manages 7 water units for game birds. DOFAW mows and mulches brush to improve habitat for game birds and hunter access and maintains an extensive predator control program.

Game mammal and Game bird hunting opportunities are offered on the six major islands in the State of Hawai‘i: (Kaua‘i, O‘ahu, Maui, Moloka‘i, Lana‘i and the big island of Hawai‘i). Each of these islands has one or more State-designated public hunting areas (called Hunting Units), which are open for hunting at certain times during each year. Game mammal and game bird hunting opportunities are also available on private lands as well. Occasionally, the Division of Forestry & Wildlife (DOFAW) may modify or cancel a hunting season in a particular area to adjust for changes in weather conditions or animal populations.

Division of Forestry and Wildlife Hunting Website

Game Mammal Hunting Rules and Exhibits

Game Bird Hunting Rules and Exhibits