Jurassic Hawaii

I’m feeling a bit of Covid wanderlust on this cool January day so I thought I’d take you WAY back in time to Hawaii – all the way back to Jurassic Park.

You probably already know that Jurassic Park was filmed in Hawaii and most of it on Kauai, the Garden Isle.

I was fortunate to visit Kauai a few years ago and got a look at the Na Pali cliffs which were featured in the Jurassic movies. Though the best views of the cliffs are from the coast by sea or air, we got a decent look at them from the Kalalau Overlook.

The prominent waterfalls in the movie (Manawaiopuna) were only accessible by helicopter so I didn’t get to see them – I’m helicopter averse. But I did see Wailua Falls which you could easily drive to.

Jurassic Park was in production on Kauai in 1992 when the most powerful hurricane in Hawaii’s recorded history, Hurricane Iniki, hit. So the final scenes had to be moved to Oahu and they became some of the most iconic in the movie.

We toured the beautiful Kaโ€™aโ€™awa Valley at Kualoa Ranch last year, where a herd of dinosaurs were chased by T-Rex, and Grant and the kids took cover behind a fallen log.

Many other movies were filmed here as well going back to Mr. Roberts in 1955, and more recently Jumanji, and Kong: Skull Island. It’s a fun area and well worth a visit.

But let’s move on to Maui, where we came across this view of Keopuka Rock at the Garden of Eden, which featured in Jurassic Park.

The nearby waterfall didn’t but it’s pretty so it made it into my story anyway. ๐Ÿ™‚

Finally, I’ll wrap up the Jurassic tour of Hawaii with the Big Island. Even though I don’t think it featured in the Jurassic movies, it certainly could have, don’t you think?

That’s enough of Jurassic Hawaii for now.

Till next time.

~ Susanne

26 Comments on “Jurassic Hawaii

  1. Wow! That was an amazing journey you took us on! Thank you, I miss Hawaii, well traveling in general! Great post! C

  2. These are great pictures. I love Hawaii. Iยดve only been to the Big Island and Maui but both were wonderful.

  3. I knew that they filmed those there, but remain very envious of your trips to those exotic islands, Susanne. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Have you seen the 1987 thriller ‘Black Widow’? Many of the scenes in that film were shot in Hawaii.
    It’s a good film! https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0090738/
    Best wishes, Pete.

  4. I always enjoy seeing your Hawaii photos. I read the book, if I remember right, but never saw the movie. Youโ€™re right, Hawaii is the perfect backdrop for something like that๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿฆ–๐Ÿฆ–

    • Thanks so much! ๐Ÿ™‚ I still love watching Jurassic Park. The subject matter was so interesting to me and the views of Hawaii superb! I didn’t like the following movies quite as much.

  5. As you say, no Jurassic Park filming here, though there have been lots of others. Waterworld was the big one filmed up in this neck of the woods. A storm, though not a hurricane, destroyed the floating sets for that movie and set production back several months.

    • I never saw Waterworld. The one with Kevin Costner, right? I guess there’s always the risk of fowl weather when you’re in the middle of the Pacific Ocean!

      • Yes, Kevin Costner. There’s not much of the island to see in the movie except (spoiler alert) at the end when they find land. That was filmed in Waipio Valley I think.

  6. Two islands in the chain I have never been to…yet, Susanne! Gorgeous views of the Napali coast and iconic shots of Kauai! We visited the Big Island, Hilo side twice in two years during winter months. In 2006, we visited Oahu for a week. Hope to go back some day!

    • Thanks Terri. love them all! I always thought the Big Island was my favorite, but we had such a great time on Oahu last year I’m not sure anymore. I guess a few more trips are in order!

    • Thanks John. The first Jurassic movie was my favorite and it was fun to see so many of the beautiful places it was filmed!

  7. I enjoyed the tour, having never been to Hawaii (Iโ€™m airplane adverse).

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