Movies and television shows that film in Hawaii creatively use different views of the same location to produce entirely different scenes. By moving the camera, but not the pirate ship, Johnny Depp can be ashore or adrift at sea all while anchored in Kaneohe Bay. Right next to that dock is Gilligan’s Island, which looked to be in the middle of a vast ocean rather than 1/5 mile from shore, when shot correctly.

Producers play with perspectives on purpose to get the most from their time and money. However visitors can do the same on their trip to Hawaii. For example, the chair in the picture is along the property boundary with a private home on the beach. It seems to be a restful place to sit in the shade and meditate on ocean waves. Or, focusing on the beach, I can watch the activity. However, just behind the chair I see how close houses are to the beach. That might seem intrusive, if I was hoping for a secluded stretch of beach. I can choose which direction to focus my camera.

It is possible to find deserted beaches in Hawaii, along with cultural activities, shopping, adventure tours — it’s all here, but often on different islands or different parts of the same island. A perfect Hawaii experience could involve visits to two or more islands to enjoy their unique charms. However, just as with video productions, time is money for people with limited days to spend in Hawaii. It might be possible to change perspective and see how many different experiences are possible right where you are.

I think a fun way to experience Hawaii would be to think of travel agents as location scouts. As the producer, I tell them that my movie is about relaxation, or shopping, or history. Then, when they put me in the right location, I look at how many different experiences I can fold into the day’s shoot. My focus would be on really seeing what is in front of me and how many ways it can be used in my personal Hawaii vacation movie.


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