Hawaii Division Aquatic Resources


Marine Invertebrates

ula Ula (Spiny lobster)
Closed season May - August;
Minimum size 3-1/4 inches (carapace length)
No spearing, whole only, not mutilated;
No taking or killing females.
HAR 13-95, HAR 13-89, HRS 188-57, HRS 188-58
ula papapa Ula papapa (Slipper lobster)
Closed season May - August;
Minimum size 2-3/4 inches (tail width)
No spearing, whole only, not mutilated;
No taking with eggs; no selling or holding for sale with eggs.
HAR 13-95, HAR 13-89, HRS 188-57
kona crab Kona crab
Closed season May - August;
Minimum size 4 inches (carapace length)
No spearing.
No taking or killing females.
HAR 13-95, HRS 188-57, HRS 188-58
kuahonu crab Kuahonu crab
(white or "haole" crab)
Minimum size 4 inches (long or wide) (sale)
No spearing, no taking with eggs;
No selling or holding for sale with eggs.
HAR 13-95
samoan crab Samoan crab
Minimum size 6 inches (width across back)
No spearing.
No taking or killing females.
HAR 13-84, HAR 13-95, HRS 188-58
hee He`e
(octopus, tako, "squid")
Minimum size 1 pound
HAR 13-95
opihi `Opihi
Minimum size 1-1/4 inches (shell diameter), 1/2 inch (meat diameter, if meat only)

HAR 13-92

clam oyster Clams, oysters, and other shellfish
Season closed; taking prohibited

HAR 13-83, HAR 13-85

Coral and Live Rocks

Stony coral
Unlawful to take, break or damage, with any implement, any stony coral from the waters of the State, including any reef or mushroom coral.
Unlawful to sell or offer for sale any stony coral.
HAR 13-95

Pink, gold, and black corals
Unlawful to take, destroy, possess or sell any pink or gold corals from State waters.
Unlawful to take, destroy, or possess any black coral with a base diameter of less than 3/4 inches from State waters.
Exceptions: With a permit, to take or possess pink or gold coral for scientific or educational purposes; or to take or possess pink or gold coral for commercial purposes, provided that harvesters make every effort to take only mature colonies of pink coral 10 inches or larger in height. Note: Harvesting of pink, gold or black corals may be suspended at any time.
HAR 13-91

Live rocks
Unlawful to take, break or damage, with any implement, any rock or coral to which marine life is visibly attached or affixed.
HAR 13-95
ogo limu Limu (ogo)
Prohibited:
To take with the holdfast, the part attaching to a rock or other surface;
To take when covered with reproductive nodes or bumps.
Bag limits:
One pound per person per day for home consumption;
Ten pounds per day per marine licensee for commercial purposes. No commercial taking on Maui.
HAR 13-93