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Ten Trivia Tidbits from Hawaii's Hollywood History
How well do you know Hawaii's movie history? Did you know:
- The first feature films made in Hawaii were Hawaiian Love and The Shark God? They both screened way back in 1913. Imagine that.
- John Wayne made five movies in Hawaii?
- Mitzi Gaynor washed that man right outta her hair on Lumahai Beach on Kauai.
- Elvis Presley's "Blue Hawaii" set a record for 20 consecutive weeks at the #1 spot on the Billboard Top LPs chart in 1961 - 1962. That record would stand for 15 years.
- Eight moves filmed in Hawaii captured the "Top Grossing Movies of All Time at the Worldwide Box Office" spot, including Jurassic Park, The Lost World, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Godzilla, Pearl Harbor, Dinosaur, Jurassic Park III and Waterworld.
- Of the hundreds of movies filmed in Hawaii, 15 received Academy Award nominations and 9 won Oscars.
- In addition to feature films, Hawaii has witnessed 23 major television series come through the islands, including Hawaii Five-0, Fantasy Island, Magnum P.I., Baywatch Hawaii and Lost.
- Dog: The Bounty Hunter has aired on A&E since 2004.
- The River is currently shooting for ABC. Release date to be determined.
- The Descendants, an adaptation of Hawaii resident Kaui Hart Hemmings novel, releases nationwide on November 23, 2011.