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Clarification on permits requested....

I have heard about the permits, however my understanding is that they were for beach weddings, not other photography. Can you clarify this or direct me to a contact who can. I have a scheduled couple portrait session at Kaanapali....guests at the Kaanapali Beach Hotel, who want sunset pictures on the beach. I can't imagine needing a permit for this but would like some clarification. Thanks, Ken.

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Comment by Todd on February 20, 2009 at 6:28am
Hi Ken,
If they this lame to answer the phone,they are probably pretty lame to enforce any rules then. Someone may have complained in the past but it sounds like it would be too hard to enforce since they don't answer the phone nor return their calls. Carry a copy of "The Photographer's Rights" and hope for the best.
Comment by Ken Fields on February 2, 2009 at 2:29pm
Well....I did find this regarding Kaanapali Beach, from the DNLR website....

this area "is under the jurisdiction of the Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR). Applications for any commercial permits in this area must be made to DOBOR and must receive approval." Presumably, this "any commercial" would include any professional/commercial photography.

So, it appears that permits are possible, the process just needs to go through both DOBOR and DNLR. If you want further information, you can call a rep at DOBOR at (808) 587-0439. I've been trying to call to get clarification but so far I have only gotten a voice mail and have not left a message......
Comment by Ken Fields on February 2, 2009 at 12:37pm
Thanks for the reply. The only information I have found regarding the restrictions have to do with beach weddings, not photography. The DLNR website specifically lists Kaanapali as excluded from the permit process for beach weddings. This exclusion is listed under their Permit for Beach Wedding page(http://hawaii.gov/dlnr/land/forms-1/forms). In fact, the permit has nothing really to do with photography, it has to do with weddings. There does not appear to be any restrictions noted about portrait photography, landscape photography, commercial photography..... Do you know of any official listing or document that specifically prohibits portrait photography? Or, for that matter, professional photography in general? Or, who can I call to verify the details about this apparent restriction on professional photography on Kaanapali Beach. Thanks -Ken
Comment by Hawaii Web Group LLC on February 2, 2009 at 10:57am
When it comes to shooting on Kaanapali Beach, regardless of what type of shoot it is, you're no longer allowed to have a professional shoot. They've shut down any permitting for Kaanapali when it comes to shooting photos.

You're going to have to take them to a near by beach either north or south.

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