Kong: Skull Island Trailer Released

A trailer for the upcoming Oahu-shot blockbuster Kong: Skull Island was released during Comic-Con. Check it out!

Kong: Skull Island: Oahu Selected to Host a “Legendary” Tale

Kong: Skull Island filmed all over the island of Oahu, including Kualoa Ranch.

By Walea Constantinau Honolulu Film Commissioner All photos ©Honolulu Film Office/WConstantinau

The location inquiries started in November of 2014 by veteran location manager Ilt Jones. An unnamed project was interested in jungles. It sounded innocuous enough… Little did we know at …Read more…

Disney Announces Hawaii-based Animated Film ‘Moana’

Walt Disney Animation recently announced their newest animated feature Moana to be directed by John Musker and Ron Clements (The Little Mermaid, The Princess and the Frog).

The film is described by Disney sources as a sweeping, CG-animated comedy-adventure about a spirited teenager on an impossible mission to fulfill her ancestors’ quest.

The story: …Read more…

Indie Beat: Ride the Thunder Transitions from Book to Film

Ride the Thunder filming a prisoner of war scene at Kualoa Ranch.

By Tim Ryan Executive Editor It’s not about money, fame or headlines for author-turned-film producer Rich Botkin.

“No, it’s about passion for the truth, to tell the real story about the Vietnam War,” he said on the set of his Ride the …Read more…

They’re Back! Hear Them Roar!

By Art Umezu, Kauai Film Commissioner

The big film buzz on the Garden Island in 2013 was the fourth installment of Jurassic Park, which had news media reporting that production would take place on Oahu and Kauai that year.

By mid-April, the news was squashed because the production was delaying filming until the movie’s new …Read more…

Surf’s Up! ‘Point Break’ Remake Films at Jaws, Maui

Cowabunga, dude!

The legendary Maui big wave surf spot known as Jaws—‘Peahi’ in Hawaiian—was the star of a spectacular shoot in January for the remake of the feature film Point Break, where near-perfect 50- to 60-foot waves broke consistently.

Crew films ‘Point Break’ on Maui. Photo by Bryan Berkowitz

The original Point Break, shot …Read more…