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The Top Films Made In Hawaii

Author : Thomas Whitehead


As such close a neighbour to the US mainland, Hawaii has often been flocked to by filmmakers and film crews for many years. Shedding the cost of lugging expensive film equipment and stars over the world, Hawaii offers a rather cheaper option of filming exotic settings with its versatile landscape being used to recreate various jungles. While Hawaii doesn't have much of its own cinema, it has come to serve LA well as a local destination of great beauty, offering a cheap and safer alternative to South American countries.

Also many films have found Hawaii as a setting for their stories,especially in films concerning holidaying Americans in Hawaii rentals or hotels.

Here is a list of some of the best films set or made in Hawaii.

Raiders of the Lost Ark
Stephen Spielberg's adventure classic perhaps starts with its most famous scene, Indiana avoiding a boulder about to crush him and swaying from booby traps, then to emerge from the cave to find a horde of arrows flying right at him. Though it is meant to be South America this scene of Indy's evasion was actually filmed in Hawaii.

Punch Drunk Love
A largely overlooked film, this is a low-key feature from the director of Boogie Nights and There Will be Blood, Paul Thomas Anderson. Adam Sandler plays a novelty toilet plunger salesman, with more than a few eccentric habits, perhaps when we are introduced to his seven sisters we see how he came to be such a strange character.

Through one of his sisters he meets Emily Watson with whom he shares a few strange and wonderful moments before falling in love. Having saved many air-miles through a pudding product giveaway loophole the main character follows his love to Hawaii.

From Here to Eternity
Set shortly after the Pearl Harbour attacks From Here to Eternity is a tale of Love and War. Adultery and corruption all spread out among a US base as a love affair blossoms between Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr, Ernest Borgnine and Frank Sinatra parade around with endless menace. The film is famous for heralding in a bolder American cinema, with its infamous love scene between its romantic leads, reclining in a kiss on the beach as the waves wash over them.

50 First Dates
Adam Sandler again, offbeat romance once more. This time a much sillier more slapstick affair than Punch Drunk Love, this is the tale of love stricken Adam Sandler and his attempts to woo Drew Barrymore. The problem is Barrymore has a neurological disease meaning she can't remember the previous day before and Sandler's problem is making her fall in love with him day after day. A pithy but fairly fun film.

Jurassic Park
Stephen Spielberg again, back in Hawaii, this time passing for somewhere much further away than South America, instead the land before time, sort of. The infamous film about man playing God and being unable to control its creation had large sections filmed in Hawaii, which played the role of unspoilt paradise rather well. The director returned to these shores for the sequel.


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