Hawaii July 19, 2015
Most People Don’t Know These 16 Movies Were Filmed in Hawaii
Hawaii is a common location for the production of many Hollywood movies – and who could blame them? With the Pacific Ocean and several mountain ranges as a backdrop, Hawaii is the perfect location to film tropical scenes of any sort – including parts of the following sixteen movies.
1) Godzilla – 200 Hawaii residents were hired as extras in the 2014 Godzilla film for a disaster scene at Waikiki Beach. Many of the tropical scenes in the 1998 Godzilla film were also shot in Hawaii. Check out this awesome Godzilla footprint left after the film…
2) Tropic Thunder – Filmed in Kauai for thirteen weeks, the movie was credited in 2007 as being the largest film production in the island’s history. They still have the jeep from the movie on display.
3) Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides – The latter filmed in Hawaii for two months in 2010 when strong tides moved filming back to California. At World’s End was also filmed on Molokai, Hawaii.
4) Battleship – While much of this movie was filmed on Oahu and Maui, the battleship USS Missouri is the real star of this “military science fiction action-war film.”
5) Snakes on a Plane – I think it’s rather amusing that this internet phenomenon was filmed partially in Hawaii, since, you know, snakes don’t really exist in this environment, and aren’t allowed into the state.
6) The Descendants – This award winning film based on a novel of the same name was filmed, and set in, Hawaii.
7) The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Filming began in Atlanta, Georgia, before being moved to Hawaii to shoot the arena scenes.
8) Lilo & Stitch – So, this movie wasn’t necessarily shot in Hawaii, but it is all about Hawaii, and the culture.
9) 50 First Dates – This Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore classic was shot primarily on Oahu’s North Shore and windward side of the island.
10) Pearl Harbor – Okay, this one is obvious. But it’s such a fantastic movie that I didn’t want to leave it off this list.
11) Forgetting Sarah Marshall – This quirky rom-com starring Jason Segal and Mila Kunis was filmed primarily at Oahu’s Turtle Bay Resort, a popular filming location in Hawaii.
12) Aloha – A 2015 rom-com starring Bradley Cooper, Rachel McAdams, and Emma Stone is rather obviously set in the Aloha state, but Hawaiians were definitely not happy with the film.
13) Big Eyes – This 2014 Tim Burton film about artist Margaret Keane is partially set in Honolulu.
14-16) Jurassic Park, Jurassic Park III and Jurassic World: I know that this isn’t a surprise to anyone, but it would be wrong to write a list of movies filmed in Hawaii without including the Jurassic Park franchise. Come on, there’s even a movie tour on Oahu that shows you where they actually filmed the first movie.
Are there any other movies you can think of that were filmed in Hawaii? Let us know in the comments.