Are you missing Hawaii right now?
With everyone sheltering in place and restrictions on travel, movies are one way to bring the islands to your living room. In the past century, hundreds of films have been filmed in Hawaii, starting with HAWAIIAN LOVE and THE SHARK GOD, filmed in 1913. Many early classics were filmed here, starring headliners like Bing Crosby, Elvis, Frank Sinatra and Shirly Temple. And let's not forget about Hawaii's legendary surf and the surfers who inspire us all.
Some films may surprise you, like Jurassic Park, Pirates of the Caribbean, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Planet of the Apes, which all used Hawaii as a backdrop for a fictional setting. Others have a story rooted in Hawaii and the island culture and provide a thought-provoking look at life in the islands, like Kuleana and the Descendants. For anyone wanting to take a deep dive, the Hawaii Film Office has a summary of films made either partially or completely in Hawaii from 1913-2006.
So with that in mind, here are 21 movie picks from different genres and decades to transport you to Hawaii and where to stream them:
1. 50 FIRST DATES, Oahu (2003)
Starring: Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore
2. ALOHA, Oahu (2015)
Starring Bradley Cooper & Rachel McAdams
3. BIG EYES
Starring Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz
4. BLUE CRUSH, Oahu (2002)
Starring Kate Bosworth & Faizon Love
5. BLUE HAWAII, Kauai (1961)
Starring Elvis Presley, Joan Blackman, Angela Landsbury
6. THE DESCENDANTS, Kauai and Oahu (2011)
Starring George Clooney
7. FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL, Oahu (2008)
Starring Jason Seigel, Kirsten Bell, Mila Kunis
8. FROM HERE TO ETERNITY, Oahu (1953)
Starring: Montgomery Clift, Frank Sinatra, Burt Lancaster, Deborah Kerr and Donna Reed; Oahu.
9. THE ENDLESS SUMMER (1996)
Documentary by Bruce Brown, with Mike Hynson, Robert August, Lord "Tally Hoo" Blears
10. JURASSIC PARK, Maui/Kauai (1993)
Starring: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum
11. JUST GO WITH IT, Maui (2011)
Starring: Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston
12. KULEANA (2017)
13. LILO & STITCH, Kauai (2002)
This animated film features voices of Daveigh Chase, Jason Scott Lee, & Tia Carrere
14. MOLOKAI: The True Story of Father Damien, Molokai and Oahu (1998)
Starring David Wenham, Sam Neil, Peter O’Toole
15. NERVOUS LAUGHTER
Follows some of the best surfers on Maui as they set out to conquer the waves at Peahi
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16. NORTH SHORE, 1987
Starring Matt Adler, Nia Peeples, John Philbin, Gerry Lopez
17. PEARL HARBOR, Oahu (2001)
Starring: Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett, Kate Beckinsale, Jennifer Garner
18. PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN: At World's End, Maui (2007)
Starring: Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Kiera Knightly
19 . RIDING GIANTS, Maui (2004)
Starring: Brian Keaulana, Darrick Doerner, Dave Kalama
20. SOUTH PACIFIC, Kauai (1958)
20th Century Fox; Rossano Brazzi and Mitzi Gaynor; Kauai.
21. SOUL SURFER, Oahu (2005)
Starring: Dennis Quaid, Massi Furlan, AnnaSophia Robb
Aloha and Enjoy!
Courtney M. Brown, R(S) & Team
Island Sotheby's International Realty