Facility Rules and Policies
There are lots of fun, interesting, and educational things you can do on the Refuge. Keep in mind, if an activity is not wildlife related and doesn’t help in the protection or understanding of wildlife or their habitat, there are probably refuge rules governing this activity. Please check with the Refuge management before participating in an activity that could harm the environment or yourself.
Recreational and subsistence fishing is an important activity to many residents of Hawai‘i, and fishing tourism is also an important part of the economy. Recreational fishing is administered by the Division of Aquatic Resources within DLNR. No license is required for recreational saltwater fishing, which takes place all along the coastal areas near Kahuku. Typically, rod and reel poles are used; however, spearfishing and throw-nets are also popular. The most coveted reef fishes are uhu, ulua, and redfish. The closest public shore access locations are 1 mile south at Malaekahana SRA and 4 miles north at the Turtle Bay Resort.
Based on the potential for direct harm to endangered waterbirds, the Refuge is closed to the public for hunting.