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Wai'anae Kai Forest Reserve



On Oahu, the Wai'anae Kai Forest Reserve delivers a diverse opportunity for recreational hunting which include two ungulate species (feral pig and goat).  This forest reserve was first established by Governor Proclamation in 1905 by governor George R. Carter.

Wai'anae Kai Forest Reserve is a mountainous area on the West side of Oahu that is normally arid. There are native plant species such as 'O'hia (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 hunting period is year-round and the open hunting days are daily. Further information can be found on Exhibit 3 on the Oahu Hunting page.

Helpful Links:

Hunting License

Game Mammal Hunting Rules (Ch. 123)

Allowed Activities
Rules & Regulation
No Illegal Substances
No Dogs
No Unmanned Aircrafts

Additional Information

Accessibility Description

Take a right off of Farrington Highway onto Waianae Valley Road and follow until the very end where there a DOFAW sign and hunter check in station mailbox is located. 

There is a second access point and check in station, Kamaile'Unu, into the Public Hunting Area (PHA) off of Kaulawaha Road.  Parking for the Kamaile'Unu access is located at the end of Maiuu Road on the right, right before a slight left onto Kaulawaha Road. Once parked, continue on Kaulawaha Road and the access and check in station mailbox is a small trailhead on the right into the PHA. 


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, 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.