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 thatâ€™s gona happen, but you gotta have dreams!Â Hey brah!Â 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, KAUAâ€™IWOOD from Midweek about the film industry & Kauaiâ€™s Film Commissioner (â€œDa Commishâ€), Art Umezu,Â 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 islandâ€™s landscape: In â€™58Â South Pacific, in â€™61Â Blue Hawaii, in â€™76Â King Kong, in â€™87Â Throw Momma from the Train, in â€™97Â The Lost World: Jurassic Park, in 2007Â Tropic Thunder, and to begin this decade, in 2010Â Pirates of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.”
“As film commish, Umezu most often works with location managers â€” 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.Â According to Da Commish, the title of his biopic would be:Â Take This Job and Love It!Â Fade out.”
“After the star-studded cast ofÂ Tropic Thunder shot for 10 months on Island, Umezu says there has been abuzz in the industry about Kaua`iâ€™s beauty, accessibility, and chameleon adaptability.”
Hollywood has figured out how SWEET Kauai is! Itâ€™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.