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Ask the Mayor: Photoshoots on Kāʻanapali Beach

February 16, 2020, 12:01 PM HST
* Updated February 15, 7:57 PM
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Kāʻanapali Beach. PC: Kalani Prince.

Mayor Michael Victorino answers some of the most-asked questions.

Q: My husband has been asked by a friend to take some pre-wedding photos on Kaanapali Beach. Is this permitted?

A: It depends. If you are receiving compensation for these photos (as defined by the State
Department of Land and Natural Resources, compensation includes, but is not limited to,
monetary fees, barter, or services-in-kind), or if you are getting paid to take the photos or sell
the final product online or as a print to an individual or company, then YES, you need to obtain
a Standard Film Permit or Open and Accessible Film Permit (if applicable) to film on any state
property.

The State of Hawaii Film Office has a lot of resources and information on this topic, and helps
clarify the difference between personal use and commercial activity. For more information on
film permit procedures, visit https://filmoffice.hawaii.gov/news/permit-procedures/.
If you have any questions or concerns about the state permitting process, contact the State of
Hawaii Film Office at (808) 586-2570 or [email protected]

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