Hawaii is known as a popular film location, not just for films set in these tropical islands, but also places of fantasy and exotic otherworldly sets. From Classic to Cliche, Mystery to Romance, Hawaii has something to offer in every genre.
Romance and Comedy
With the beautiful powdery beaches and tropical rainforests across the Hawaiian Islands it is not hard to imagine romance blooming under the trees. Kaua'i (also known as the Garden Isle) is famous for one of the earliest movies set in the Pacific, the film version of the musical South Pacific (1959). Attracting honeymooners to the sights to see the fictional island paradise from the musical for themselves.
Blue Hawaii (1961) was also set among Kaua'i shores, starring classic heart throb Elvis Presley. Even though the resort the film took place at has since shut down you can still view vintage memorabilia from it while sipping mai tais at Princeville's Tiki Iniki Bar & Restaurant.
Adventure and Action
Some of the most famous movies set in Hawaii are the adventure films that highlight the rugged beauty of the islands. Movies like Raiders of the Lost Ark (1983) and Jurassic Park (1993) both had moments filmed in Kaua'i where Helicopters tours can fly you to the towering "Jurassic Falls". Or if you want to experience the adventure with Indiana Jones you can visit the Jungle rope swing from the film located outside Lihu'e at Kipu Ranch.
Crime and Cops
Starting in the late 1960s a cop drama show highlighted the danger of crime and the beauty of Hawaii in the famous and still on running TV Show Hawaii Five-O. The TV Series is filmed entirely on O'ahu and if you wander around Honolulu you might stumble across a scene being film or catch the gang having sunset drinks at Waikiki's Hilton Hawaiian Village. Another TV drama from the 1980s, Magnum P.I also showcases the scenery of Hawaii, featuring shots of Diamond Head volcano, wave-tossed Sandy Beach and the landmark Makapu'u Point Lighthouse.
Mystery and Fantasy
One of the most popular TV Shows of it's time was Lost of the early 2000s, with mystery and suspense as well as it's beautiful location. None of the Lost sets are left standing but you can still visit the location of the survivors' camp on Papa'iloa Beach, northwest of the surf town of Hale'iwa on O'ahu's North Shore. Otherwise for the dense forests and dramatic surroundings of the show tour the sprawling Kualoa Ranch on the Windward Coast.
Battle on the Hawaiian Front
Among the wartime movies filmed on O'ahu includes the Oscar-winning From Here to Eternity (1953), Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) and Pearl Harbor (2001). Pearl Harbor the film especially showcased the historic WWII sights including the Battleship Missouri and the floating USS Arizona Memorial, which you can still visit by a boat tour.