Kualoa Ranch is a 4000 acre cattle ranch located on Oahu, Hawaii. whilst a working cattle ranch its claim to fame is as a popular tourist attraction due to the amazing list of films and tv shows filmed within its three valleys. Kaaawa Valley, Kualoa Valley and Hakipuu Valley.
Kualoa Ranch has been in the same family since 1850 when it was purchased of King Kamehameha III. Over that time it has had an interesting history from cattle, to sugar cane, to The military taking control during World War 2 and turning it into Kualoa airfield, and creating military bunkers on the land. To rock festivals, to its most famous claim to fame so far, the film site of the Jurassic Park films, lost, Pearl Harbour, Godzilla, Hawaii Five O episodes and many more.
If you head to Kualoa Ranch you can do a huge variety of tours from ATV, horse riding, jungle cruise and the movie tour.
We participated in the movie tour and it was great to see some of the landmark sites from some of our favorite movies.
We stopped to have a look at one of the military bunkers which has now become a film memorabilia museum.
At the time I was keen to keep moving to the movie sites, but looking back the museum was probably the highlight of the tour, there was more time to read about the movies, and to see all about the movies and tv shows filmed there.
It was also great to see the sites once we moved into the valley where Jurassic Park was filmed. There were some film sites where there wasn’t anything left there except a plaque showing you what they filmed but no other real props. Obviously they can’t leave much there as they continue to film in the area. However there are some fantastic sites that are iconic from some favorite movies, the log from Jurassic Park, the foot print from Godzilla and the skull area from Skull Island.