From Maui to Kauai


We enjoyed Maui but it never felt like Hawaii.  It didn’t look like the scenes you see in the movies, on TV, or in photos.  It’s tropical and we had to account for the cooler than normal weather but still, there’s something more about this island.  The homes and buildings looked warn and un-kept.  Even when it  was obvious they were maintained, they still had a feel of neglect to them.  The terrain was more Palm Trees meets Michigan than Hawaii.  I wouldn’t trade it for the world; it’s just not what I expected.

Kauai, HIThe flight to Kauai was around an hour; probably a half hour in the air.  Kauai looks and feels like Hawaii.  The weather is still cooler than normal this time of year but the lush terrain, landscapes, and feel of the island is all Hawaii.  As we discovered throughout the week many movies are filmed here.  Most are not credited as being on Hawaii but it’s probably the movie industry that gives me the impression of what Hawaii should look and feel like.  Kauai is it.  Wow.


Films Shot on Kauai

Acapulco Gold (1978) Legacy II (IMAX-1999)
Aloha Life (2008) Lilo & Stitch (2002)
America’s Most Wanted (2008) Lord of The Flies (1990)
Avatar (2009) Lost Flight (1969)
Band of Pirates (2005) Lovers at Dawn (1968)
Band of Pirates: Buccaneer Island (2007) Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N. (1965)
Baywatch-Hawaii (1999) Man With The Golden Gun (1974)
Beachhead (1956) Manhunt (television-2001)
Behold Hawaii (IMAX-1981) Mighty Joe Young (1998)
Between Heaven and Hell (1956) Millennium (1988)
Bird of Paradise (1951) Miss Sadie Thompson (1953)
Blue Hawaii (1961) None But The Brave (1965)
Body Heat (1981) North (1994)
Castaway Cowboy (1974) Operation Attack (1965)
Curse of The Komodo (2004) Outbreak (1995)
Deathmoon (television-1978) Pagan Love Song (1950)
Destination X TV (2006) Paradise, Hawaiian Style (1964)
Diamond Head (1962) Raiders of The Lost Ark (1981)
Dinosaur (1998) Seven (television-1979)
Donovan’s Reef (1963) Seven Women From Hell (1961)
Dragonfly (2002) She Gods of Shark Reef (1956)
Endurance 3 (2004)-TV series Six Days, Seven Nights (1998)
Fantasy Island (1977) South Pacific (1957)
Fantasy Island (1998) Starsky & Hutch (1977)
Finding Brandon (2002) Stitch-The Movie
Flight of The Intruder (1990) Supergator (2007)
Forbidden Island (1957) Tears Of The Sun (2003)
George of The Jungle (1997) The Adventures of Captain David Grief (1957)
Gilligan’s Island (pilot episode-1963) The Amazing Race 3 (Final episode 2002)
Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962) The Bachelor (November 5, 2002 episode)
Hawaii (1966) The Beachcombers (1960)
Hawaiian Eye (television-1963) The Decendants (2012)
He’s My Brother (1974) The Hawaiians (1970)
High School Reunion-Season Five (2008) The Lost World-Jurassic Park 2 (1997)
Hilary Duff Birthday Bash (aired 9/24/03) The Thorn Birds (1983)
Honeymoon In Vegas (1992) The Time Machine (2002)
Hook (1991) Throw Momma From The Train (1987)
Islands in The Stream (1977) Thunder Over Hawaii (1956)(aka Naked Paradise)
Islands of The Alive (1986) To End All Wars (2000)
Jungle Heat (1957) Treasure Hunt (2003)
Jurassic Park (1993) Tropic Thunder (2008)
Jurassic Park 3 (2001) Uncommon Valor (1983)
King Kong (1977) Voodoo Island (1957) (aka Silent Death)
Komodo vs Cobra (2005) Wackiest Ship In The Army (1960)
Lady In White (1987) Waterworld (television-1977)
Last Flight of Noah’s Ark (1979)

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