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Hawaii In Cinema: 8 Movies and TV Shows Filmed In Hawaii

From introducing a new generation to big wave surfing to suspending reality as dinosaurs run across verdant valleys, Hawaii’s dreamy landscape has been the backdrop of many Hollywood blockbusters. You can relive your favorites as you visit their locations. 


  1. Jurassic Park
    Jurassic Park

    Visiting the Jurassic Park filming locations can be as much of an adrenaline rush as seeing the films. In Kauai, take a helicopter to view Manawaiopuna Falls, the epic waterfall from the film. Or pretend to be chased by dinosaurs through the grassy fields depicted in the movie. 


  2. The Descendants
    The Descendants

    In an iconic scene in The Descendants, the King Family looks out onto their estate -- a natural preserve of green fields, hills and cliffs  -- all with an incredible ocean view. Want to see that again? Go to Kipu Ranch. Many of the adorable seaside cottages where the characters resided are in Hanalei Bay.

  3. Michael Bay’s Pearl Harbor
    Michael Bay’s Pearl Harbor

    Some of the scenes from Michael Bay’s epic multimillion dollar Hollywood blockbuster were actually shot on location in Pearl Harbor. The film had its launch party in Pearl Harbor aboard the the USS John Stennis.

  4. Hawaii Five-O
    Hawaii Five-O

    Fans of Hawaii Five-O will instantly recognize Iolani Palace. The exterior of the palace was used to establish the show’s police department headquarters. In real life, Iolani Palace is far from a police department; it is the only royal palace in the US. You can tour the palace to learn more about Hawaii’s rich history.

  5. Blue Crush
    Blue Crush

    Visit the Ehukai Beach (Pipeline),  the beach at the climax of Blue Crush, where Kate Bosworth rides the massive, gnarly waves. However, don’t attempt to recreate that scene. As you may have learned from the movie, these waves should be left to the professionals. 

  6. Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark
    Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark

    Who can forget the iconic scene where Harrison Ford swings through the air on a thick rope in Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark?  Be the hero of your own story when you swing from the very same rope at Kipu Ranch. 

  7. Lilo and Stitch
    Lilo and Stitch

    Kids will loving seeing their favorite cartoon come to life in Hanapepe Town, Kauai. The town is the inspiration of the beloved Disney cartoon series Lilo and Stitch. There, they will spot the quaint houses, fruit shacks and old store fronts that inspired the fictional town in the cartoon. 


  8. 50 First Dates
    50 First Dates

    You will immediately spot the scenic locations from 50 First Dates: the Makapuu lighthouse is where Lucy (Drew Barrymore) and Henry (Adam Sandler) share their first kiss. Hukilau Cafe at Kualoa Ranch is where the romantic leads meet for the first time. 

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