Things to know about flying Drones in Hawaii

This is Not Professional Legal Advice, and you should seek additional Guidance from the state before flying your drone in the state with the latest laws.

Whether you are coming to big island, Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Lanai or Molokai, the federal drone laws apply the same. Additional to the federal drone laws, you should also pay attention to state laws about drones such as how to fly at state parks. Enjoy your time flying drones, take beautiful images, stay sober, keep an eye on your drone and send me your videos : )


  1. Island Hopper TV on August 27, 2020 at 9:50 am

    Hey everyone this video is now over a year old and drones rules do change quick and often, please be sure to visit an official government website for additional information. Good luck to all!

  2. Tom Schlegel on August 27, 2020 at 9:59 am

    Hey, thanks for the informations. Can you maybe give me some more informations for commercial use as a foreigner?

  3. Shastine V on August 27, 2020 at 10:07 am

    Hi. Do we still need to get FAA certificate if I’m only a hobbyist? Thanks

  4. 808 Rooting Prospect's on August 27, 2020 at 10:16 am

    Thank you for great info hard to find much on flying in HI.Past 3 days HI on the B4UFLY app has been a no fly zone any idea why?? Thank you in advance

  5. Zoe on August 27, 2020 at 10:19 am

    Hey so i was reading about how you can’t take off or land on a beach in Hawaii. Does that mean the entire beach limit such as the sand and the parking lot or literally taking off and landing on the beach sand?

  6. SMOOTH ASCENT on August 27, 2020 at 10:20 am

    great video – very informative!

  7. Jonathan Marks on August 27, 2020 at 10:24 am

    Great information here. Thanks for taking the time to post. My family will
    visit soon in the next week or so in Kauai. Do you find it difficult to get ATC (air traffic control) permission to fly in Hawaii or is it just a simple phone call? It seems like much of the Kauai coastline is within 5 miles of an airport. I’m using an app called "Altitude Angel" and it’s showing much of the coastline to be within 5 miles of some sort of airport.

  8. S L on August 27, 2020 at 10:28 am

    Flying over the lava with a plastic drone isn’t a good ideas because the heat might melt your drone. Heat rises so even if your 400 feet the area is still hot.

  9. Shane Albers on August 27, 2020 at 10:31 am

    I don’t believe he is correct about 400′ above where you are…it’s 400′ above the ground. If you are flying toward a rising landscape you are allowed to climb.

  10. Adapt FPV on August 27, 2020 at 10:37 am

    maybe if people would fly in full manual mode they could land on a boat without special technology

  11. felice vermiglio on August 27, 2020 at 10:38 am

    Hi my name is Felice and I live in Italy I am 57 years old and I am a former sailor already retired from 2015 for health reasons. Today in the port of Nawiliwili an Italian ship should arrive, it is called Pertusola transport gas, it is a ship where years ago I worked. Can you give me a small 2 minute video for my personal memory? my facebook is (Felice Vermiglio) Ficarazzi. Thank you

  12. karla77711 on August 27, 2020 at 10:46 am

    My boyfriend wants to bring his mavic pro on our trip this December to Maui. As a hobbyist does he need to register at all? Has any of this info changed?

  13. I Want to Believe on August 27, 2020 at 10:48 am

    I am a licensed FAA drone pilot. Ur limited to 400’ agl unless u have restrictions through LAANC like clearance within airspace.
    I lived in Hawaii for a long time and there’s a lot more safety stuff to b aware. It’s VERY dangerous. Plz don’t fly a drone there yet.
    I’ll be making a video to update flying a drone in Hawaii to help.

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