An article published by Hawaii News Now announced on September 19, 2013 that Japan Airlines will be showcasing the garden isle of Kaua’i in their executive magazine, Agora.

South Pacific was filmed on Kauai and “Bali Hai” was born.

The Japanese film crew, made up of editor Michiyo Tsubota and photographer Shingo Miyagi were accompanied by the Kauai Film Commissioners Art Umezu for four days to document locations around the island where several blockbuster movies were filmed. Back in February, Tsubota and Miyagi did a shoot on island in February for an eight-page spread for an upscale fashion and lifestyle magazine and returned to Kaua’i for the Japan Airlines shoot as well. ” They love Kaua’i and always enjoy coming here. Hopefully, their excitement will resonate throughout Japan,” said Umezu.

On the north shore of Kaua’i, they stopped at Hanalei Bay where several major films were shot such as the academy award winner “The Descendents” along with “Soul Surfer”, “South Pacific,” and “Honeymoon in Vegas.” Other north shore locations they visited were Limahuli Gardens in Haena, “Jurassic Park”; and Honopu and Kalalau Beach on the Na Pali Coast, “King Kong” and “Pirates of the Caribbean.” The crew also made it a point to stop at Tahiti Nui where they interviewed Koko Kaneali’i who was featured in “The Descendants” playing music at the restaurant. They also checked out Bubba Burgers and took pictures of the walls of autographed photos of the Hollywood celebrities who have eaten at the burger joint.

Another topic that will be covered in Agora magazine’s Kaua’i spread is the Hawai’i International Film Festival which is scheduled to return to the island after a seven year hiatus in addition to the soon-to-be-released second edition of “The Kaua’i Movie Book” by Chris Cook.

Check out Movies Filmed on Kauai

to see what other movies have been filmed on our beautiful island.

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