The islands of Hawaii are a hot spot for movie fanatics and producers as much as it is a paradise for bike, history and food lovers. Say aloha to these (motion) picture-perfect places on Oahu where some of the biggest blockbusters and TV shows were filmed.
Along Oahu’s windward coast you’ll discover Kualoa Ranch, a family-owned cattle ranch and nature reserve that encompasses almost 4,000-acres and is only about 30 minutes from Honolulu Airport (HNL). It’s dubbed “Hollywood’s go-to backlot” because many famous movies have been filmed there. Its backdrop of lush jungles, green mountains, soaring waterfalls and cliffs make it easy to feel like you’re in a movie itself. Take the Hollywood Movie Sites Tour by foot, ATV or horseback to see iconic movie scenes and sets below, IRL.
Only 45 minutes away from Honolulu and Waikiki you’ll find nearly five miles of beachfront surrounding the only destination resort on Oahu’s North Shore, Turtle Bay Resort. National Geographic describes it as being “one of the wonders of the world – one of the planet’s most awesome places.” We think so too, especially during action, family and comedy TV and movie moments filmed here like these.
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Nestled at the foot of the Ko’olau Mountains in Oahu’s Kaneohe region, you’ll be up-close-and-personal with the beautiful Byodo-In Temple. Here, in the Valley of the Temples Memorial Park, one of Hawaii’s best parks to visit is a replica of the almost 10,000-year-old Byodo-In Temple in Kyoto, Japan’s southern outskirts. It was built in the 1960s to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Japanese immigrant workers’ arrivals. This peaceful non-practicing Buddhist temple maintains its warm, welcoming ambience with a large reflecting pond, meditation niches and tiny waterfalls. Hawaii is the stand-in destination for any place in the world, especially during these memorable TV show scenes filmed here.
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