Kaua’i, Hawai’i

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Introduction to Kaua‘i

Known as the “Garden Island,” Kaua‘i is home to emerald valleys, tropical rainforests and cascading waterfalls. The Kaua‘i Film Commission is a great resource for producers and location managers who seek to capture the dramatic beauty that the island offers. The Kaua‘i Film Commission offers an abundance of resources all at your production team’s disposal, including a diverse location library, access to local production services and accommodations, and guidance on film permits.

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Film Credits

Mount Rushmore

About Kaua‘i Film Commission

The Kaua‘i Film Commission is ready to support all your production team’s needs. The Film Commission assists in permits, locations and local resources. It also provides decades worth of expertise and guidance. The Kaua‘i Film Commission is a division of the County of Kaua‘i Office of Economic Development. It is also a member of the Location Managers Guild International and the Association of Film Commissioners International.

General Info for Kaua’i

Weather in Kaua'i

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average high in ºF 80 80 81 83 85 87 88 89 89 87 84 81
Average low in ºF 60 66 68 69 71 73 74 75 74 73 71 68
Av. precipitation in inch 2.31 1.99 2 10.63 0.62 0.26 0.51 0.56 0.70 1.84 2.42 3.24

Average Daylight Hours in Kaua'i

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daylight Hours 11 11.5 12 12.5 13 13.5 13 13 12 11.5 11 11

Permitting Agencies

For State owned properties including all beaches:

State of Hawaii Film Office
PO Box 2359
Honolulu, Hawaii 96804
14+ days

For County owned properties:

Kauai Film Commission
County of Kauai
2+ days

First Aid & Medical Services

Wilcox Medical Center
3-3420 Kuhio Highway
Lihue, HI 96766
Phone: 808-245-1100

Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital
4643 Waimea Canyon Drive
Waimea, HI 96796
Phone: (808) 338-9431

Kauai Urgent Care
4484 Pahee St.
Lihue, HI 96766
Phone: 808-245-1532

A Few Filming Locations in Kaua’i, Hawai’i

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Na Pali Coast

Waimea Canyon

Wailua Falls

Kipu Ranch

National Tropical Botanical Gardens

Na Pali Coast

Spanning 17 miles along Kaua‘i’s North Shore, the Na Pali Coast bears the same natural beauty it did centuries ago when Hawai‘ian settlements flourished in its deep, narrow valleys. Past its emerald-hued cliffs and lush valley floors lie beautiful beaches surrounded by the Pacific Ocean. The Napali Coast has been a popular location for blockbusters such as Jurassic Park: The Lost World (1997) and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011).

Waimea Canyon

Waimea Canyon spans the island’s west side and is often described as “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific.” The Waimea Canyon Lookout stretches 14 miles long, one mile wide and more than 3,600 feet deep. While it may not be as monumental as its inland cousin, the Waimea Canyon provides panoramic shots of rugged crags and deep valley gorges unseen elsewhere in Hawai‘i. This location is perfect for indie films like Honeymoon in Vegas (1992).

Wailua Falls

Wailua Falls (located just north of Lihue at the south end of the Wailua River) cascades into two streams, dropping 80 feet below. Depending on the amount of rainfall farther up the mountains, the vistas where the morning sunlight meets the mist of the falls may feel never-ending.

Kipu Ranch

Kipu Ranch is a 3,000-acre, privately-owned cattle ranch extending from the Huleia River to the top of Mt. Haupu. The ranch has seen many changes throughout its nearly 200-year history, from a sugar plantation to the working cattle ranch it is today. What has not changed is its lush green pastures, breathtaking waterfalls and fascinating jungle wildlife.

Missouri River

National Tropical Botanical Gardens

The National Tropical Botanical Gardens’ network of five botanical gardens, preserves and research facilities encompasses nearly 2,000 acres with locations in Hawai‘i and Florida. Thousands of species from throughout the tropical world have been gathered within its sites.

Incentives & Rebates

Hawai‘i is dedicated to the promotion and support of Kaua‘i as an essential production location for all media. The state’s Film Tax Credit offers film, television and digital productions an attractive tax rebate up to 25% on expenditures made while filming on the island. To learn more about Hawai‘i’s Film Tax Credit, contact Kaua‘i Film or Hawai‘i Film Office.

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Film Credits for Kaua’i, Hawai’i

We shot scenes for two films on Kaua‘i and both times we had great support and cooperation from the people of the island and the Film Commission. The first was Raiders of the Lost Ark and the second was Jurassic Park, so Kaua‘i rightfully played a role in two of the best filmmaking results we ever had.

Steven Spielberg

Film Credits

  • Jurassic Park
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
  • The Descendants
  • Hook
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Honeymoon in Vegas

Full Filmography: https://filmkauai.com/movies-television-shows-filmed-kauai/ 

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Phone: 808-241-4953
Email: skaauwai@kauai.gov
Website: filmkauai.com