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Kauai is known for its endless beauty – from the mountains to the sea. And while not everyone has been to this island, it’s likely that they have seen it on the big screen at one time or another.
From “Jurassic Park” to “Lilo and Stitch,” the list of blockbuster movies filmed on Kauai continues to grow. In fact, a Japanese media team documented such locations for Japan Airlines’ executive magazine. They visited sites with Kauai Film Commissioner Art Umezu, according to “The Garden Isle.”
The crew visited all shores of the island. On the west and south sides, they went to Manuwaipuna Falls in Hanapēpē (“Jurassic Park”), McBryde Garden in Kalaheo (“Pirates of Caribbean” and “Jurassic Park”), Hanapēpē Town (“Flight of the Intruder,” “Thorn Birds,” and “Lilo and Stitch.”)
On the eastside, they went to see Coco Palms (“Blue Hawaii”) and Kamokila Village (“Outbreak). On the north shore, they of course stopped at Hanalei Bay. The list of major films shot here include: academy-award-winner “The Descendents,” “Soul Surfer,” “South Pacific,” “Miss Sadie Hawkins and “Honeymoon in Vegas.”
Phew. And if that wasn’t enough for the crew, they also checked out Bubba Burgers and Tahiti Nui Restaurant in Hanalei. Both frequented by celebs. And took a complimentary helicopter tour of the island.
I’m not surprised by the warm hospitality extended to this media team from Japan. In addition, Kauai set them up with complimentary accommodations to St. Regis at Princeville and Courtyard by Marriott Kauai.