Aloha Mai Kākou,

Due to this unprecedented national health emergency caused by the COVID-19 virus, we want to inform you of steps we’re taking at the state Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism’s Creative Industries Division (CID) to ensure the safety of business operations in our island community.

We understand that these are extraordinary times. In alignment with directives set by Governor David Ige, as well as precautions set by other Hawai‘i government agencies, the following changes are effective until further notice.


The CID and the Hawai‘i Film Office (HFO) are closed to the public. CID staff are working remotely in accordance with the State’s telework policy for its employees to ensure continued services to the public. HFO staff are also working remotely to provide its statutorily mandated services of film permitting and tax credit management. The tax credit program continues uninterrupted.


In alignment with precautions set by the University of Hawai‘i, the Entrepreneur’s Sandbox is also closed to the public. All main doors to the facility are locked and there is no access to CID’s Studio Space or CoWorking space. This closure will remain in effect until further notice. The Hawai‘i Film Studio at Diamond Head and the Kalaeloa Studio facilities are closed until further notice.


For information on film permits, visit

For updates, please continue to visit this website and our respective websites at: and

The COVID-19 global crisis is constantly evolving. We remain hopeful that these measures to temporarily shut down public places, practice social distancing and effective personal hygiene, while allowing our employees to work at home, will lead to a dramatic drop in new cases. We are monitoring the situation closely and will update our plans based on what is best for the health and safety of our employees, community and industry.

Further, the following links provide necessary up-to-the-minute details related to the virus as well as important recovery information:

Please be well and stay safe.
– Georja Skinner, Chief Officer