The nonprofit Hawai’i Shaka License Plate program kicked off Thursday, May 23, 10-10:30am at Kapalama Satellite City Hall, 925 Dillingham Blvd., Honolulu.

The Shaka License Plate is an official Hawai’i State DMV license plate thatʻs available to all residents in the State of Hawai’i, all islands. This new plate is part of the DMV Nonprofit License Plate support program. IN the case of the Project Shaka License Plate, $20 of each yearʻs registration fee (first year $30.50 and $25 each subsequent year) goes to ID8, the 501C3 nonprofit that produces Project Shaka.  

How to Get a Shaka License Plate

Visit any Hawai’i Satellite City Hall / DMV on any Hawaiian island and bring the following:

  1. Application: Complete form CS-L(MVR)211. Download »
  2. Screwdriver: Upon arrival at the DMV, remove your existing license plates.
  3. Vehicle Certificate of Registration.
  4. Photo ID.
  5. Initial Fee $30.50: Payable by CC, check or cash. Subsequent renewal fee of $25/year will be added to vehicle registration fees.
  6. Install New Plates: DMV will immediately issue new Shaka Plates & Certificate of Registration.

Program Backstory

The Shaka License Plate Program is the culmination of a 2-year review process that encompassed all Counties and all Sheriff Offices within the State of Hawai’i agreeing to the program. The process was bird-dogged by Steve Sue, ID8 Chairperson and producer/writer of “Shaka, A Story of Aloha.” Through the production of the film, Sue realized that the Shaka can be used to reduce road rage and increase aloha spirit. DMV reported that such programs are so difficult to get passed that they had to rebuild the submission program as no other nonprofit had submitted for the program in over 6 years prior to the Shaka/ID8 submission.

Funds donated to ID8, a Honolulu-based 501C3 nonprofit, will be used to carry out its mission of fostering ideation and expression to create positive impacts such as through sharing aloha through Shaka-based programs. For program information, see