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Which Movies Have Filmed on Oahu?

Throughout the years, Oahu has become one of the most sought after filming locations in the world. With a short flight from Los Angeles, diverse locations, and first-rate amenities, filming here is easy, and provides Directors and Producers with everything they need to make a great movie or television show.

Spotting the sites on Oahu in movies is always a treat, and seeing the island transformed into different locations, is always fun. Many television shows that film on Oahu use the sites as substitutions, saving valuable time and money. For instance, the Honolulu Convention Center doubled as the Sydney Airport in LOST, and Hawaii 5-0 used the Ko’olau Mountains as South Korea in the opening scene of the very first episode.

This leads to a question that we often here: which movies have filmed on Oahu?

Answering that can be difficult, as there are A LOT of movies that have used the island for filming. And fining every single one might be nearly impossible. But, we can spot the island in many favorites, and visiting these destinations is easy and many are just a short drive from Waikiki.

Kualoa Ranch is one of the most used locations on the island, and films that have utilized the stunning sites of the ranch and the surrounding valley. Snowden, 50 First Dates, Jurassic Park, Jumanji, Godzilla, and Hunger Games are just a few of the movies that have filmed here, and many television shows have as well.

The city of Honolulu has also been used in countless movies, both as a main setting, and as a short scene. Big budget movies include: 2012, The Descendants, Soul Surfer, Aloha, Snakes on Plane, Godzilla (2014 version), and North Shore are just a few of the hits.

Of course, The King is the most closely related film maker and actor that is associated with Hawaii. Elvis’s love for the islands is no secret, and that is clearly evident by the numerous visits he made, movies filmed, and concerts that he put on in Hawaii throughout his life. You can even visit the Elvis statue at the Blaisdell Center. Movies starring Elvis that were filmed in Hawaii include: Blue Hawaii, Paradise, Hawaiian Style, Girls! Girls! Girls!,

Finding film sites is a fun way to spend part of your vacation. You can travel around the island, taking in the sites, and discovering the locations that have been used over the years. Picture opportunities are endless, and you can put yourself into your favorite scenes while visit Oahu!

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