Welcome to Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA)


ANNOUNCEMENT: NEW GATE POLICY FOR KMA GATES. On hunting days, KMA gates will be secured with combination locks.  Each hunting day, a new combination will be sent via text message to all reservation holders 10-15 minutes prior to the opening of the hunt.  All other hunters that are able to secure a spot after the start of a hunt must text or call the CLEO for the combination prior to entry.  All gates must remain closed and locked whenever not in use. Also, the parking area next to the girl scout camp will be CLOSED this weekend due to damage from the recent fire.

**Effective 5/7/2021 the CLEO phone number has changed to (808)351-2368 Please update the number on your phone**



2021/2022 PTA Hunting Permit Information

Hunting Permits for the 2021/2022 permitting season are now available for purchase.  


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.”