Oahu’s windward side is home to verdant rainforests, straw-colored sandy beaches, and a 4,000-acre ranch and nature reserve that’s garnered the nickname “Hollywood’s Hawaiian Lot.”
More than 70 movies and television shows have been filmed here on Kualoa Ranch’s lush, sprawling plot of rolling valleys and emerald mountains—and it’s not just filmmakers, actors, and crew who have the opportunity to visit. The ranch is open to the public for tours that may cause feelings of silver screen-related déjà vu.
A landscape of fallen trees and dense brush in the reserve’s northern sector will call to mind towering dinosaurs and vicious predators. Jurassic Park, Jurassic World, and Godzilla filmed here, as did the Jumanji remake with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Kevin Hart.
Rom-com lovers will recognize the road where a distracted Lucy (Drew Barrymore) drives over Henry’s (Adam Sandler) penguin Willy, narrowly missing his head—and his attempt to strike up a love connection, in 50 First Dates.
An enormous skull and several bones still litter one of the valleys, remnants the set of Kong: Skull Island–the cinematic origin story of King Kong himself.
War film buffs will recall eyeing WWII bunkers (leftover from when the ranch was a U.S. military airfield) in films like Pearl Harbor and Windtalkers.