Thursday, 11 January 2018

Kualoa Ranch, O'ahu HI, USA



 
The location filming for the movie JURASSIC PARK on the Hawaiian island Kaua'i was nearly finished when hurricane 'Iniki arrived on 11 September 1992. One of the most famous scenes, the rush of the gallimimus, was therefore filmed on the neighbouring island O'ahu.
   
The tree trunk from Jurassic Park,
Kualoa Ranch, O'ahu, 12 June 2017
The Ka'a'awa Valley proved to be the ideal location for the stampede. The valley is part of the Kualoa Ranch, a cattle ranch near the ocean with 4,000 acres of landscape. Films and television series have been made here since the 1950s. Visitors can visit the valley during the Movie Tour, a 90 minutes bus tour with a guide. Unfortunately, the bus stops only twice, first at the movie museum in a former World War II-bunker and then at the tree trunk that can be seen in Jurassic Park. Although we were given less than ten minutes to take pictures, the visit was worthwhile.

After being forced to spent the night in a tree, Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and the children Lex (Ariana Richards) and Tim (Joseph Mazzello) try to find their way back to the visitor center. From a distance they see a herd of gallimimus, that suddenly comes running towards them. Hidden behind a dead tree they watch how one of the animals falls prey to the tyrannosaurus rex. The fields are normally used for cattle, as can be seen in the first photo.

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Kualoa Ranch, O'ahu, 12 June 2017
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Kualoa Ranch, O'ahu, 12 June 2017
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Kualoa Ranch, O'ahu, 12 June 2017
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Kualoa Ranch, O'ahu, 12 June 2017
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Kualoa Ranch, O'ahu, 12 June 2017
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Kualoa Ranch, O'ahu, 12 June 2017
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Kualoa Ranch, O'ahu, 12 June 2017
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Kualoa Ranch, O'ahu, 12 June 2017
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Kualoa Ranch, O'ahu, 12 June 2017

Screenshots © Universal Pictures/Amblin Entertainment
 




 
More than twenty years after the first film, production returned to the Ka'a'awa Valley for the fourth film in the series, JURRASIC WORLD. In the years that have passed since the disastrous events of the first three films, a new and successful wildlife park with cloned dinosaurs has been established on Isla Nublar. Again, it all goes wrong when the indominus rex, a genetically engineered and aggressive dinosaur, breaks loose.

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The shooting at the Kualoa Ranch took place in April 2014. Several sets were built at this location, including the 40 feet high residence of the indominus rex and the Gyrosphere station, a ride where visitors roam freely among the dinosaurs in spherical vehicles. On O'ahu, scenes were also filmed at the Honolulu Zoo and at the Hawaii Convention Center.
 
Just like in the first movie, a running herd of gallimimus can be seen, now being chased by a jeep with visitors. The monorail was digitally added to the mountain ridge.

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Kualoa Ranch, O'ahu, 12 June 2017
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In the movie museum of the Kualoa Ranch, the first stop during the Movie Tour, some props from the film are on display, including the sign at the entrance of the Gyrosphere.

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Movie museum, Kualoa Ranch, O'ahu, 12 June 2017

Screenshots © Universal Pictures/Amblin Entertainment/Legendary Pictures
 

Keopuka Rock, Maui HI, USA


  
The film JURASSIC PARK, about a wildlife park with cloned dinosaurs, is situated on the fictional island of Isla Nublar that lies off the coast of Costa Rica. The shots on location were made on the Hawaiian islands Kaua'i, O'ahu and Maui.
  
Garden of Eden botanical garden, Maui, 27 June 2017
The film was scheduled to be filmed on Kaua'i only. The location shoot started on 24 August 1992 and was scheduled to last three weeks but had to be annulled when the island was hit by Hurricane 'Iniki on 11 September. The remaining scenes - the stampede of the gallimimus and the arrival by helicopter - were filmed on O'ahu and Maui. Maui is the second-largest island in Hawaii and is nicknamed Valley Isle because there is a large valley between the two parts of the island. In the film it is first seen as the helicopter approaches the island.

The helicopter also flies above waterfalls in the Honokohau Valley. This valley can only be visited by helicopter.

Keopuka Rock is a rock in the sea, just off the coast. On the island the rock is only visible from a distance when you are in the botanical garden Garden of Eden. The garden is on the road to Hana and not very big but worth a visit. More information on the Garden of Eden website.

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Keopuka Rock, Maui, 27 June 2017
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Keopuka Rock, Maui, 27 June 2017

After our visit to the Garden of Eden we followed the road to Hana. We stopped at a viewpoint where we could also see Keopuka Rock.

Keopuka Rock, Maui, 27 June 2017

Screenshots © Universal Pictures/Amblin Entertainment