Makua Kea'au Forest Reserve
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On Oahu, the Makua Kea'au Forest Reserve delivers a diverse opportunity for recreational hunting which include: 11 spp. of game birds and two ungulate species (feral pig and goat).
Makua Kea'au Forest Reserve is a mountainous area on the West side of Oahu that is normally arid. There are native plant species such as Ohia (Metrosideros polymorpha), Koa (Acacia koa), Naupaka Mauka (Scaevola gaudichaudiana), and A'a'li'i (Dodonaea viscosa). Invasive plant species are present such as haole koa (Leucaena leucocephala).
The area offers game mammals (feral pigs and feral goats) to be taken by rifles, shotguns, handguns, and archery (dogs are not permitted). There is no season limit, two pigs and two goats of either sex per hunter per day is the bag limit. Open archery hunting period is from February through July, while firearms hunting period is from August through October. Open hunting days for archery is daily during the archery season. Open hunting days for firearms are Saturdays, Sundays, and State Holidays during the firearm season. Further information can be found on Exhibit 3.
Along with game mammals, the area is a game bird hunting unit which is from November to January. There are eleven game bird species in the Makua Kea'au Forest Reserve area. Further information regarding bag limits, open hunting periods, and open hunting days can be found in Exhibit 9 on the Oahu Hunting page.
Rules & Regulations
The entrance to Makua Kea'au Forest Reserve is a right off of Farrington Highway (heading West) onto Keaau Homesteads Road. On the front gate entrance there is a combination lock that is subject to change seasonally. In order to get the combo, call DOFAW (808-587-0166). Once past the first gate, there is a small grassy area on the left of the road that is designated for hunter parking. Continue past the second gate until you reach the hunter check station mailbox.
DOFAW manages public hunting on all Forest Reserve System lands. DLNR’s Division of Conservation and Resource Enforcement (DOCARE) carries out enforcement of hunting regulations (Chapter 122 Rules Regulating Game Bird Hunting, and Chapter 123 Rules Regulating Game Mammal Hunting). General hunting regulations can be found in Hawai‘i Revised Statutes Title 13 Chapter 121. Current information regarding hunting rules, seasons and bag limits for all game species can be obtained by contacting the DOFAW Oahu office at 2135 Makiki Heights Dr. Honolulu, Hawai‘i, (808) 973-9782. All persons are required to have a valid Hawai‘i hunting license on their person to hunt or have a bagged game mammal in their possession. Hunting licenses may be purchased online from http://www.ehawaiigov.org/DLNR/hunting/, from any DOFAW office or from any registered hunting license vendor. All hunting license applicants must show proof of having successfully completed a hunter education course that is recognized by the National Hunter Education Association.