The Islands of Hawaii
Senior Vice President
For Immediate ReleaseMarch 15, 2012
LIGHTS, CAMERA, OAHU! HOT FILM AND TV PROJECTS HIGHLIGHT OAHU LOCATIONS
With Hollywood producers eager to find new and creative locales for their film and TV productions, Oahu has quickly become one of the world’s most sought after film and production locations. In just the last couple of years, the island of Oahu has served as the location for numerous TV and movie projects including Hawaii Five-0, The River, Soul Surfer, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, and Oscar-winning film The Descendants. The destination also is gearing up for the attention it will receive with the Memorial Day weekend release of Universal Pictures’ expected summer blockbuster Battleship, which was primarily filmed on the island of Oahu. These exciting film projects came soon after the final shoot for ABC’s long-running show “LOST,” which filmed all but four scenes on O‘ahu its entire six season run (2004-2010).
The modern amenities of a world-class metropolitan city combined with a variety of architecture, an exotic island atmosphere and breathtaking beauty make Oahu a film locale that is tough to beat. Oahu has 600 square miles that can duplicate the looks of Africa, Central and South America, Southeast Asia, and the U.S. mainland. Honolulu also has film offices supported from the highest levels of government to assist incoming projects. The Honolulu Film Commissioner and the state’s Creative Industries Division administrator are dedicated to making Oahu a film friendly destination.
Oahu’s film-friendly relationship with Hollywood has been a long-standing tradition. The first television series filmed entirely on location was shot in Honolulu... it was the original Hawaii Five-0. The 12 year run of that series, the longest running police drama until Law and Order surpassed the mark, was quickly followed by eight years of Magnum P.I. and five years of Jake and the Fatman.
Other major movies filmed on Oahu include Blue Crush, 50 First Dates, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, From Here to Eternity, Jurassic Park, Godzilla (2000), The Karate Kid, Part II, Mighty Joe Young, Pearl Harbor, and Windtalkers.
Movie Tours on Oahu
Audiences are fascinated with the locales where movies are filmed and love making that connection between a film and standing in the actual setting where a favorite movie was made. After all, filmmakers have an eye for beauty and drama and the ability to experience it first-hand is both interesting and exciting for movie-goers. It’s a way to bring to life the adventure and emotion experienced while watching a film and become a part of it.
Movie fans can visit some of Oahu’s famous film locations on tours available at the following:
Known as the “Backlot of Hawaii,” Kualoa Ranch is one of the most filmed locations in Hawai‘i. Kualoa Ranch is a unique location surrounded by majestic mountain ranges and native Hawaiian plants. Here you may find one of Godzilla’s giant footprints, the Jurassic Park site, and countless other locations including backdrops from the hit TV show Lost on the Movie Sites & Ranch Tour. www.kualoa.com
Movie and television lovers will be able to a take a firsthand look at the beautiful settings of some of their favorite movies and TV shows filmed around Oahu. On the Kos Tours’ Hummer Movie/TV Adventure, guests will visit Nuuanu Pali, the Windward side of Oahu and Kualoa Ranch and view the location of Blockbuster hits such as Windtalkers, Journey 2:The Mysterious Island and The Descendents. www.hummertourshawaii.com
The Battleship Missouri Memorial will unveil its new “Battleship Movie Behind the Scenes Tour” in May. This new tour takes guests on an interactive adventure through areas of the Battleship Missouri featured in Universal Studio’s summer blockbuster, Battleship, due out this May. www.ussmissouri.com
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