Kualoa Ranch has always been a popular tourist must-see, one reason of which is it has become known as “Hawaii’s backlot,” according to kualoa.com. Hollywood has used this reserve in many big films and TV series, such as “Jurassic World,” “Hunger Games,” “Jumanji,” “Lost, Hawaii Five-0,” and more.
From the old World War II bunkers seen in the movie “Pearl Harbor,” to the fallen helicopter, and giant ape bones used in “Kong: Skull Island,” fans are free to see these sites. On a good day, one may even catch a scene being filmed during their tour.
Paul Bacera, a business alumnus from California, shared his Kualoa Ranch experience. He said, “I did the secret island, movie, and ATV tour. The movie tour was my favorite because it’s the most unique part of the ranch.”
Bacera claimed to be a big movie buff and also a really big “Jurassic Park” fan. “I definitely recommend the movie tour. It was cool to pretend like you’re driving around with T- Rexes and velociraptors.”
For those who may not be into blockbusters, there are still plenty of things to do. Bacera said, “Students can do the secret island as a group. It’s rad. They have paddle boarding, volleyball, nice beaches, and a lot of other fun stuff to do for a group activity. This is really useful for school clubs.”
Wade Coleman, a freshman from Oregon majoring in biology who is a big fan of “Jurassic Park” and “Jurassic World,” said, “I have never been to Kualoa Ranch, I thought they rode cattle.” Coleman continued, “I didn’t know the movies were filmed there, I would love to go see it.”
There are variety of ways to spend time at the ranch. Multiple guided tours and activities allow guests to get the most out of their experience. Available opportunities include movie site tours, jungle expeditions, ATV tours, horseback tours, and even a secret island getaway. These tours are everyday from 7am to 5pm
According to Juliun Perkins, a senior from Kailua majoring in business, “The horseback tour is really fun, I did it a few years ago. They take you around the movie sets, so I got to see all the bunkers and stuff.” He added, “Plus the food is really good.”