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Kauaiwood… “The Cinema Isle”

So many major stars have been on Kauai this year, I was afraid I was gona trip over one.

Stars like Jennifer Aniston, George Clooney, Adam Sander, Penelope Cruz & Johnny Depp. I was secretly hoping Johnny Depp would be tooling around Kauai & somehow just happen to drop in at my house. Yeah, like that’s gona happen, but you gotta have dreams!  Hey brah!  You never know what can happen on Kauai & often does!

Kauai is a hot spot with many movie productions & TV shows filming this year. This behind the scenes article, KAUA’IWOOD from Midweek about the film industry & Kauai’s Film Commissioner (“Da Commish”), Art Umezu,  is fascinating. Some highlight quotes from the Midweek article,

“Kaua`i has long been used as a stand-in for other tropical locales around the world: ‘We can pass for Asia, Africa, Australia or even other Hawaiian islands.’

And since the 1950s, every decade has brought diverse genres and beloved stories to the island’s landscape: In ’58 South Pacific, in ’61 Blue Hawaii, in ’76 King Kong, in ’87 Throw Momma from the Train, in ’97 The Lost World: Jurassic Park, in 2007 Tropic Thunder, and to begin this decade, in 2010 Pirates of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.”

“As film commish, Umezu most often works with location managers — helping to identify the perfect stream, waterfall or bay for a scene. His office maintains files filled with hundreds of photos that can be accessed by productions scouting Kaua`i for potential locations, and he often makes suggestions based on his knowledge not only of the Island, but of the needs and limitations of a film crew.  According to Da Commish, the title of his biopic would be: Take This Job and Love It!  Fade out.”

“After the star-studded cast of Tropic Thunder shot for 10 months on Island, Umezu says there has been abuzz in the industry about Kaua`i’s beauty, accessibility, and chameleon adaptability.”

Hollywood has figured out how SWEET Kauai is! It’s only a matter of time before everyone else figures out how SWEET life on Kauai is too. For those of you who live here, you already have.

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Jana Kaholoa'a

August 17, 2010

Johnny Depp was here in North Kohala on the Big Island during 4th of July weekend. He was crusing in our beautiful quaint town of Kapaa and Hawi in North Kohala.

Jana Kaholoa'a

August 17, 2010

Johnny Depp was here in North Kohala on the Big Island during 4th of July weekend. He was crusing in our beautiful quaint town of Kapaa and Hawi in North Kohala.

Glenn

September 23, 2010

How great is that!

Glenn

September 23, 2010

How great is that!

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