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Film Friday: Ka’a’awa Valley (Jurassic Park)


April 27, 2012 by Amanda

Each Friday, I’ll be briefly profiling a specific location somewhere in the world that has been featured in a movie or TV show.

This week, the site is Ka’a’awa Valley on Oahu, Hawaii.

This valley, owned by Kualoa Ranch, is perhaps one of the most-filmed locations in all of Hawaii. This particular valley has been featured in dozens of movies and TV shows, from “50 First Dates” to “Pearl Harbor” to “LOST.”

Today, though, I’ll be highlighting one of my favorite movies to take advantage of Ka’a’awa’s dramatic lanscapes: “Jurassic Park.” The scene where a herd of Gallimimus dinosaurs cause the main characters to flee for their lives was filmed here. In the movie, they duck behind a large log, and from there watch a T-Rex devour a bounding Gallimimus.

Jurassic Park

Screen capture from "Jurassic Park."

Jurassic Park

Screen capture from "Jurassic Park."


It’s a fairly recognizable spot. But in case you aren’t familiar with “Jurassic Park,” the ranch has a sign up to remind you. And yes, that’s the same log you see in the movie!


Ka'a'awa Valley

The valley.

Ka'a'awa Valley

The log.


While traversing through this valley, it’s completely possible to imagine that dinosaurs could still be calling the area home.



  1. Rebecca says:

    This is seriously my favorite spot on the island. Just such a beautiful little patch, I could sit at the beach below and just stare at it all day and NEVER get board.
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    • Amanda says:

      It’s such an amazing place! You see it on TV, but you kind of just assume that it’s not real, or that it’s enhanced somehow. But it’s totally not!

  2. […] often, you’re not aware that it’s Hawaii that you’re seeing on screen. From “Jurassic Park” to the TV show “LOST,” Hawaii has acted as a stand-in for all sorts of fantastical […]

  3. […] Ka’a'awa Valley is actually owned by Kualoa Ranch, a company taking maximum advantage of the now-famous valley. They offer multiple different tours, and like I said earlier, they offer them on nearly every mode of transportation. I’m not exaggerating that either — you can see the valley on horseback, ATV, or 6-wheel utility vehicle. You can even tour on a boat, which gets you pretty close to the valley while letting you check out other sites as well. After having flew near the coast, I can personally guarantee that the view from the coast is just as magnificent. […]

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