Welcome to Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA)


2020/2021 PTA Hunting Permit Information

If you held a PTA hunting permit in 2019/2020, your background check should be complete. To check if your background check has been processed, logon to iSportsman and go to MY ACCOUNT -> ACCOUNT DETAILS -> VALIDATIONS.

Background checks have been completed; however, several internal documents are awaiting approval by PTA Command before 2020/2021 permit sales can be opened.  An announcement will be distributed once all necessary approvals are obtained and permit sales are opened.  

In order to purchase a 2020/2021 archery hunting permit, you need a current safety validation and background check validation. If you registered prior to 2019 and did not have a hunting permit in 2019/2020, you will need to text or call the Conservation Law Enforcement Officer at 808-864-3897 to request a background check. 

For more information about permits and validations, see the permit information under the "Permits and Fees" tab. 

Reminder: Firearms registration is REQUIRED for all hunters who intend to participate in any upland game bird or spring turkey hunts.  Use the form on the Registration page, and fax or mail it with a copy of your County registration for each shotgun you intend to use on PTA.  Get your paperwork in early to avoid any delay on your approval process.    

PTA Background

Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) was first used during World War II as a Marine Corps artillery live-fire training area. U.S. Marines from the 2nd Marine Division and the 5th Marine Division trained at PTA and on the western side of the Big Island in preparation for the Iwo Jima and Saipan campaigns.

During World War II, few permanent structures existed; when the Marines trained at PTA, they slept in tents. After the war, PTA fell under the control of the Hawaii Territorial Guard, and in the mid-1950s, the Army took over PTA. Marines from US Marine Corps Air Station, Kaneohe Bay built the distinctive Quonset huts in 1956 and 1957, which are still in use.

Today, PTA stands as the premier military training area in the Pacific region. Units from all U.S. military services, as well as allied militaries, train at PTA, because it offers realistic training opportunities not found elsewhere. With several new construction projects underway, PTA stands ready to support military training well into the future.

The PTA command team and staff embody the IMCOM motto: “Sustain, Support, and Defend.”