We all know Hollywood loves Hawaii. On the small screen, The Brady Bunch, Fantasy Island and, of course, Hawaii Five-O made it to Hawaii. And Tom Selleck made it in Hollywood with his Hawaii-based TV show, Magnum P.I. Try as we may, we can't forget David Hasselhoff and his cast from Baywatch.
On the big screen, Hollywood's love affair goes way back, to the 1930s with White Heat. Then came Pagan Love Song, Bird of Paradise, Miss Sadie Thompson and She Gods of Shark Reef. And Beachhead, Voodoo Island, Jungle Heat and Forbidden Island. And that doesn't even get us through two decades of filming. Finally, in 1957, the crew from South Pacific arrived. A few years later, Elvis arrived--Blue Hawaii. Since then--take a deep breath with me--King Kong, Waterworld, Islands in the Stream, Raiders of the Lost Arc, The Thornbirds, Throw Momma from the Train, Lord of the Flies, Hook, Jurassic Park, Outrbreak, Six Days Seven Nights, Dragonfly, Tears of the Sun, and Tropic Thunder.
Currently, George Clooney is on Oahu filming The Descendents, an adaptation from a novel of the same name by Kaui Hart Hemmings. Dennis Quaid and Helen Hunt are filming Soul Surfer. Adam Sandler, Jennifer Anniston and Nicole Kidman will arrive next month to film Just Go With It. In June, Johnny Depp will don his pirate outfit for the fourth time for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
Maybe Hollywood's celebrities will help boost Hawaii's mildly-rebounding tourism industry.
This past Saturday, on Oahu, I decided to devote the day to Hollywood, in particular the TV shows Lost and the Food Network's "Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives," hosted by Guy Fieri. I further decided to go mobile with my day--tweeting about it real-time. I used my iPhone to take pictures as I went, and I ran those images through one of two iPhone applications: Polarize and Pano. I highly recommend both.
After two hours of research on www.lostvirtualtour.com, I decided to go a much easier route. I booked a one-hour movie tour with Kualoa Ranch. I may not have seen as many Lost locations; however, I saved myself hours of frustration trying to put together my own itinerary and, then, actually finding the sites.
Are you on Twitter? Do you tweet? If so, you can follow me on Twitter at @outriggerhawaii. In case you missed my real-time sharing of the day on Twitter, I've recaptured my day for you here.
Stop #1 on Oahu TV Tour Day: Nico's at Pier 38. Fish and eggs. Yum.
Nico's at Pier 38 was featured on Food Network's "Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives."
Stop #2: the Byodo-In Temple. Featured in Lost.
Buddha at Byodo-In Temple.
Stop #3: Kualoa Ranch.
Just missed the stars. Lost filmed here yesterday. Hurley played golf here on Lost. This is his tee box.
Inside movie tour bus. What a bumpy ride. No seat belts!
On Lost, the Dharma Station entrance in old WWII bunker.
Stop #4: Hank's Haute Dogs
Featured on Food Network's "Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives." Worth a stop.
Do not forget the Duck Fat Fries (yes) at Hanke's Haute Dogs.
At HNL. Trivia question: Anyone know of a movie filmed here?
It's a wrap. Oahu TV Tour Day is over.