Reed Travel Features
LIHUE -- Many movies have been made on Kauai during the
Now, Hawaii Movie Tours, a new Kauai-based company, is offering
a tour of film and TV sites by 15-passenger van.
The tour operates weekdays from 9 a.m. to about 2:30 p.m., first
going to the Poipu area on the south coast, then traveling to
Hanalei in the north.
Included is a picnic lunch at Anini Beach, where much of the
1992 movie "Honeymoon in Vegas" was filmed.
While on the tour, passengers see clips that were filmed at the
sites they are visiting.
Among the highlights are the mountainous skyline as seen in
"King Kong" (the 1976 version); Hanamahulu Bay (from "Donovan's
Reef" with John Wayne) and Moloaa Bay (from the "Gilligan's Island"
From a road above the Wailua River, passengers look down on the
thatched huts that represented the burning African village in
The tour includes entry to the following private estates:
* The plantation belonging to the character played by Rossano
Brazzi in "South Pacific" at Hanalei.
* The estate, inland from Kapaa, used for much of the filming of
the visitor center in "Jurassic Park."
The tour also includes the National Tropical Botanical Garden
and Atherton Estate at Lawai, near Poipu, site of various films
(passengers see the tree where dinosaur eggs were found in
The last site visited is Coco Palms Resort (closed since 1992's
Hurricane Iniki), the site of much of the filming of "Blue Hawaii,"
made in 1961 and starring Elvis Presley.
Hawaii Movie Tours is owned and operated by Robert Jasper,
president, and his family. They also own the Hawaii Exotic Bird
Emporium, a bird shop in Lihue near the Kauai Marriott.
The tour picks up passengers on the island's east coast and
Poipu properties. It costs $85 per person (ages 3 to 12 are
admitted at half price).
For more information, call(800) 859-6820 or fax (808)