Welcome to Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA)


Update (19 JUNE 2017):  2017/2018 hunting permits will be available soon, pending final approval of annual revisons to the PTA Hunting Policy.  When approved, you will receive an email to announce the opening of permit sales, as well as a summary of changes to the hunting policy for the coming year.  If you haven't done so recently, please check your account information to ensure everything is current.  Mahalo from PTA Hunting Program.

PTA Hunting Permits are available for purchase via this website only.  Hunters should review the information on the Permits and Fees page prior to making any purchase. A permit cannot be obtained until all the requirements for that permit have been completed.  If you don't see the permit you want, check back in a few days, as it means one or more of your requirements have not yet been processed.

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.    

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.”