Image from "South Pacific" courtesy of 20th Century Fox


Kauai beats Hollywood

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Got a sweet film you want to direct? Shoot it on Kauai!

Along with rustic Bozeman, MT, Kauai was singled out by MovieMakerMagazine as a “city on the rise” for filmmaking.

The honor was part of the magazine’s annual list of the best 10 places in the United States to “live, work and make movies.” 

Kauai didn’t make MovieMaker’s Top 10. Or even its honorable mention list, for that matter. But it’s still in good company.

Factors affecting MovieMaker’s city choices included: financial incentives for filmmakers, a solid talent pool, production facilities, educational opportunities, film offices and film festivals. (I find it interesting that a good deal of the above stuff is actually on Oahu, but, oh well.)

Hollywood (more specifically, Los Angeles) didn’t make any of the magazine’s lists. 

You’ll find MovieMaker’s list here. Meanwhile, I’m taking the first flight I can get to Bozeman to scope out the competition. 

Notable flicks filmed on Kauai:
• “Six Days, Seven Nights” (1998)
• “Mighty Joe Young” (1998)
• “Jurassic Park” (1993), “The Lost World” (1997), “Jurassic Park III” (2001)
• “Hook” (1991)
• “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981)
• “Hawaii” (1966)
• “Blue Hawaii” (1961)
• “South Pacific” (1958)

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