Movies shot it Oahu

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The Hawaiian Islands have attracted moviemakers from around the world for nearly a century. The lush, natural backdrops, magical waterfalls and legendary coastline make Hawaii the perfect location for a movie set. While many movies filmed in Hawaii have a story line set in the state, its geographical diversity is appealing because the set can appear to be an Amazonian rainforest or African jungle.

The Perfect Romantic Backdrop

For American producers, using a Hawaiian movie set to recreate an ambiance on the other end of the globe is a less expensive alternative to flying a set to the Amazon to shoot. Because Hawaii is a tourist destination, it offers all the modern amenities and comforts of mainland life…with unparalleled views! While Maui, Kauai and the Big Island of Hawaii are popular sites to shoot movies, Oahu has a long and legendary history of being the set

location of some of the finest films ever produced. Top movies made in Oahu include:

  • Blue Hawaii: Elvis Presley starred in this infamous, romantic film shot in Hanauma Bay.
  • The Old Man and the Sea; This Warner Brothers film based in the John Steinbeck novel was filmed on both the Big Island and Oahu.
  • Karate Kid II; This high—action sequel to The Karate Kid, starring Pat Morita and Ralph Macchio, was filmed in Oahu.
  • From Here to EternityFilmed at a small cove near Hanauma Bay, this timeless hit starred luminaries including Burt Lancaster, Frank Sinatra and Donna Reed.
  • Jurassic Park: This prehistoric thriller was shot deep in the Northern Valley of Kualoa Ranch, located half an hour from Honolulu.

When it comes to tropical movie shots, it’s no wonder that Oahu tops the list of island set locations. Because of its long relationship with the filming industry, there is a strong, vibrant cinema culture in Oahu. Movie aficionados come to Oahu during the second part of October every year to take part in theInternational Hawaiian Film Festival in Oahu. The festival, which was conceived in 1981, draws 80,000 film fans from around the globe.

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