Kauai Firm Offers Tours of Island's Film Sites

Reed Travel Features

LIHUE -- Many movies have been made on Kauai during the years.

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" pilot).

From a road above the Wailua River, passengers look down on the thatched huts that represented the burning African village in 1995's "Outbreak."

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 "Jurassic Park").

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) 246-9034.

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