Posted on Feb 18, 2022 in Most recent Section Information, Newsroom

(LĪHUʻE) – Just after fielding a great number of issues about the class of many many years about illegal or unpermitted wedding ceremony photography taking place on county and condition lands, right now business photographers acquired their permitting inquiries answered.

Two dozen, Kaua‘i-centered photographers participated in a virtual seminar, built to assistance explain various policies and rules affiliated with work on general public lands. The meeting was a result of two commercial photography businesses receiving stop-and-desist notices from the DLNR Division of State Parks (DSP), late final calendar year, instructing them to remove shots from their sites and other platforms that had been possibly shot in off-limitations spots or with out the necessary permit (s).

Kelly Pila of the Hawai‘i State Film Place of work advised the group that regulatory companies, like DLNR and Kaua‘i County are operating to boost the clarity of the film permitting procedure. “Admittedly, thanks to the various land jurisdictions concerned, and the evolution of the commercial images industry, we haven’t generally created modifications in our guidelines. The proliferation of world wide web sites marketing wedding day companies has not only increased the operate-load of approving businesses, but has complex the system.”

For yrs, the Kaua‘i Guests Bureau and the Kaua‘i Wedding Specialists Affiliation have fielded criticism just after grievance of images businesses taken shoppers into areas that are clearly shut. “The most frequent grievances center all around Wailua Falls,” explained KVB Government Director Sue Kanoho, who individually has dealt with numerous of the calls. “It gives the full marriage ceremony professionals field a black-eye, when individuals standing at the Wailua Falls overlook see a photographer, a bride, a groom, or a drone operator at the foundation of the waterfall. There are signs  indicating that it is a shut place, so no one must be working with the justification of…we did not know.”

Wailua Falls is below the DSP and Assistant Administrator Alan Carpenter is mindful of the difficulties there and in other parks models on Kaua‘i and all over the point out. “We want work with professional photographers who stick to the guidelines, obtain the demanded permits, and really do not perform professional pursuits in recognized shut areas these kinds of as Wailua Falls or in the Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park. Whilst we assistance the business our most important mission is the defense of pure and cultural assets.”

DLNR Division of Conservation and Assets Enforcement (DOCARE) Kaua‘i Branch Chief described, “Often times photographers are not only top consumers into closed locations, but they have put them in scenarios that could be perilous. We’re lucky no one particular has been hurt. This is the purpose there are a lot of places to lawfully create spectacular Hawai‘i wedding day images and other people that are off restrictions for the defense of persons, natural, and cultural assets.”

Presenters nowadays detailed what things to do call for permits, delineated differences in condition and county rules, when numerous permits may well be demanded, and discussed submitting and tagging photographs responsibly.

Other speakers were being Sandy Ka‘auwai, Kaua‘i Movie Commissioner and Alison Neustein, Kaua‘i Land Agent with the DLNR Land Division. The seminar was recorded and is now posted on-line as a resource for existing and upcoming commercial photographers. Foreseeable future seminars are staying prepared to deal with other forms of permitted industrial actions on general public lands.

Kanoho concluded, “We realize there is problem about over-tourism in our local community, and this is 1 step to assure that business activity can legally and appropriately co-exist with other general public land works by using, without having unnecessarily detracting from the leisure or outside experiences of both of those people and kama‘aina.”

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(All images/video clip courtesy: DLNR)

High definition movie – Kaua‘i professional wedding ceremony pictures on line seminar (Feb. 18, 2020):


Hd video clip – Wailua Falls State Park (August 2021):


Images – Kaua‘i commercial wedding day photography online seminar (Feb. 18, 2020):


Images- Wailua Falls Condition Park (August 2021):


Media Get hold of: 

Dan Dennison

Senior Communications Supervisor

Hawai’i Dept. of Land and Normal Sources

[email protected]


Kenneth Proto

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