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10 Famous Filming Locations in Oʻahu

July 28th, 2022 Culture
10 Famous Filming Locations in Oʻahu

From sci-fi dinosaur theme parks to pirate coves, Hawaiʻi’s lush forests and beaches have been filming locations for tens of Hollywood blockbusters. Here’s a look at accessible filming locations on the island of Oʻahu from the TV series Lost, Jurassic Park, Hunger Games, Pirates of the Caribbean, and so much more.


1. 50 First Dates at Sea Life Park

Adam Sandler’s rom-com 50 First Dates was filmed all over Oʻahu, at locations like Dole Plantation, Makapuʻu Point Lighthouse, and Sea Life Park. The Dole Plantation makes for a fun stop on the way to Oʻahu’s North Shore, which is a popular day excursion from Waikiki on its own. The lighthouse and aquatic park are both located on the windward coast of Oʻahu and accessible by public transportation with stops right near Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel. Map out your trip directly on TheBus website here.


2. Lost at Papaʻiloa Beach

The hit TV series Lost was filmed all around Oʻahu in its six-season run, from the Hawaiian Convention Center to Buddhist temples. Of course, the beach is the main setting. You can visit the hidden “Survivors Beach Camp,” on the island’s North Shore (68-849 Farrington Hwy, Waialua), or “Police Beach” aka Papaʻiloa Beach, also on the North Shore at 61-785 Papaʻiloa Rd.


3. Pirates of the Caribbean at Halona Beach Cove

Pirates of the Caribbean has many filming locations around the islands, usually aboard Queen Anne’s Revenge. On land, you can visit Halona Beach Cove, called “Whitecap Bay” in the movie, and the site of the elusive ‘Fountain of Youth.’ The beach is frequently called ‘Eternity Beach,’ due to its famous love scene from the 1953 movie From Here to Eternity starring Deborah Kerr and Burt Lancaster. Visit Halona Beach Cove on Kalanianaʻole Highway toward Oʻahu’s windward coast. It's a short distance from Waikiki yet worlds away, with lava rocks and a powerful surf.


4. Hunger Games at Manoa Falls

Jungle scenes in Hunger Games: Catching Fire were captured in Waimea Valley, much of which is off-limits to visitors. Your next best option to see the site of the 75th annual Hunger Games is a trip to Manoa Falls, which is close to Honolulu and features a waterfall that plunges 150 feet into a pool. Visitors typically spend around 1.5 hours hiking in and out of Manoa.


5. Jurassic Park at Kualoa Ranch

Jurassic Park is one of approximately 50 movies filmed at “Hollywood’s Hawaiʻi Backlot” at Kualoa Ranch, which is accessible from Waikiki in less than an hour. To boot, the private nature reserve offers a Hollywood Movie Sites Tour where visitors can walk in Godzilla’s footprints, check out the fallen tree from Jurassic Park, and see spots from You, Me and Dupree, Magnum P.I., 50 First Dates, and the list goes on. Advanced reservations are recommended for this 90-minute tour, and direct transportation is available from Waikiki!


6. Pearl Harbor at Byodo-In Temple

Although mostly filmed in California, there are a few scenes from Michael Bay’s 2001 war drama you may recognize around Oʻahu. The end of the movie features underwater shots of the sunken USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor, and the hospital’s exterior shots were filmed at Palm Circle, a historic portion of Fort Shafter. The most unexpected cameo of the film is the Byodo-In Temple. Visit the Buddhist temple on your next visit to Oʻahu, it’s one of the most highly-rated destinations on the island!


7. Jumanji at Kapena Falls

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Jumanji: The Next Level were filmed all over Oʻahu, at places like Kualoa Ranch in Kaneʻohe, Kawela Bay in Koʻolauloa, Waimea Valley in Haleʻiwa, the Judd Trail in Nuʻuanu Valley, and Kapena Falls at Alapena Pool. Just steps from Pali Highway, the picturesque Kapena Falls are easily accessible by a short trail that leads to the pool’s edge. The area boasts a 20-ft cascading waterfall, thick jungle, and the ancient Nuʻuanu Petroglyphs.


8. King Kong: Skull Island at Hawaiʻi State Art Museum

Filming for the 2017 monster flick took place at Dillingham Ranch in Waialua, along North King Street in Honolulu’s Chinatown, and in the Honolulu Watershed Forest Reserve near the Lulumahu Falls Trail. Visit the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum in Honolulu, which was transformed into a hotel for the film. The contemporary art museum is free to visit!


9. Waterman at Waikiki Beach

Jason Mamoa narrates the 2022 documentary about Honolulu’s beloved five-time Olympic medalist and father of modern surfing, Duke Paoa Kahanamoku. The surfing documentary also features interviews with pro surfers Kelly Slater, Carissa Moore, Duane DeSoto, and Laird Hamilton. You’ll spot the shores of Oʻahu throughout the film, including the iconic 9-ft bronze statue of Duke Kahanamoku, located just across the street from Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel.


10. Forgetting Sarah Marshall at Laʻie Point 

The beautiful rocky coast on the North Shore is briefly featured in the 2008 comedy, when Peter (Jason Segel) and Rachel (Mila Kunis) spontaneously jump off a high ledge into the ocean below (this is very dangerous and not recommended!). Although the characters seemingly hike out to the point, Laʻie Point State Wayside Park can be easily reached by car.

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