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Filmed in Hawaii – Molokai: The Story of Father Damien (1999)

Filmed in Hawaii – Molokai: The Story of Father Damien (1999)

Over the years, many pictures have been filmed in Hawaii. But one you might not be all too familiar with is 1999’s Molokai: The Story of Father Damien, directed by Paul Cox and based on Hilde Eyrikel’s biographical book. Combined with a soulful score, this beautifully-directed film is a poignant retelling of the story of the devout Roman Catholic priest. Set on the Hawaiian island of Molokai, the film sees the titular Father Damien (played by David Wenham) commit himself…

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An Ultimate Guide to Movies Filmed in Hawaii

An Ultimate Guide to Movies Filmed in Hawaii

When it comes to film, there might be no place in the world that’s quite as versatile as Hawaii. Whether it’s the deeply rich landscape of the Na Pali Coast on Kauai’s North Shore, or the timeless wonder that is Ka’a’awa Valley in Kualoa Ranch, Hawaii simply knows no bounds, and can adapt to almost anything. In fact, the islands’ landscape is as versatile as the kind of movies that are filmed in Hawaii – in other words, there is…

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Filmed in Hawaii: Predators (2010)

Filmed in Hawaii: Predators (2010)

If you’re a fan of the Predator franchise, you’ll have recently seen the trailer for The Predator, the fourth film in the hugely-popular, ever-enduring sci-fi series. But what you might not know is that the third film, Predators (2010), starring Adrien Brody and Laurence Fishburne, was filmed in Hawaii. That said, you probably do know that Hawaii is no alien to blockbuster franchises. The 1987 original – now a true sci-fi classic – pits Arnold Schwarzenegger against a marauding alien…

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Filmed in Hawaii: Soul Surfer (2011)

Filmed in Hawaii: Soul Surfer (2011)

Hawaii has seen a great deal of inspirational real-life stories in its time, but that of “soul surfer” Bethany Hamilton is one that tends to stand out more than others. It’s fair to say that most people will be familiar with the story of the young surfer who lost her left arm in a shark attack on Kauai’s North Shore back in 2003. After all, it’s one that has since been told in both book and film. Based on the…

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Filmed in Hawaii: Jurassic World (2015)

Filmed in Hawaii: Jurassic World (2015)

If you’re as familiar with 1993’s Jurassic Park as I am, then you’ll know that Hawaii is no stranger to prehistoric monsters. It’s also home to filming locations for The Lost World Jurassic Park (1997) and Jurassic Park III (2001) – the second and third films in the series. More recently, though, 2015 blockbuster Jurassic World was also filmed in Hawaii. In fact, the fourth film covered more Hawaiian ground than any of its predecessors. And while the new park doesn’t last long once…

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Filmed in Hawaii: TV Series Lost (2004 – 2010)

Filmed in Hawaii: TV Series Lost (2004 – 2010)

In the popular TV series Lost, the survivors of a plane crash are forced to unite to overcome the mystifying threats of the island on which they’re stranded. From the beginning, the sci-fi hit relied heavily on intrigue to draw in viewers. But the fact that it was filmed in various locations throughout Oahu in Hawaii for its entire six-year-run is no mystery. The pilot episode opens with the characters finding themselves on a seemingly-deserted island beach in the wake…

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Filmed in Hawaii – Kong: Skull Island (2017)

Filmed in Hawaii – Kong: Skull Island (2017)

There have been many versions of 1933’s King Kong, the classic story about a giant ape who falls for a human woman. The best known are 2005’s epic re-imagining of the same name and 2017’s action-packed Kong: Skull Island. And while each movie is a different take on the story, there’s just as big a contrast between their backdrops. Like the original, they both take place on “Skull Island” – a fictional prehistoric land in the Pacific. To bring to…

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Filmed in Hawaii – Jurassic Park (1993)

Filmed in Hawaii – Jurassic Park (1993)

In 1993’s ground-breaking Jurassic Park, tourists are pitted against genetically-engineered theme park dinosaurs. But if there’s something visually-striking about the movie besides its special effects, it’s the alluring backdrop. The remote island setting may be fictional, but its lush valleys, rugged mountains and majestic coastlines are very real. Along with the bestselling novel on which it’s based, Jurassic Park is set in Costa Rica, but it was actually filmed in Hawaii. Various filming locations included Oahu’s Kualoa Ranch and Kauai’s…

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