In addition to the three named, Hollywood has
filmed many movies in beautiful Ka‘a‘awa Valley. Some other
titles include: The Rundown, Pearl Harbor, George of the Jungle,
Windtalkers, Mighty Joe Young, Tears of the Sun, to name just
a few. And the valley’s hit TV credits include shows
such as Lost. Hiking Aloha Aina, the hiking club at HPU, hosted
two-hour guided tour of the valley on Thanksgiving weekend
for more than 30 HPU students and faculty.
The tour started with a herd of cattle that had to be shooed
away from the valley’s first point of interest, a World
War II artillery bunker high above Kamehameha Highway overlooking
the waters off Kualoa point. The cannons are long gone but the
bunker’s large concrete tunnels are now a movie museum
of films and TV shows shot at Kualoa Ranch. According to the
tour guide, the military tunnels used to go all the way through
the Ko‘olau Mountains and connect to other bunkers and
tunnels in the mountains above Pearl Harbor. The holes can
still be seen where dynamite was set into the side of the mountain
and ready to be exploded, in case the enemy got past these
The exhibits include a large-scale model of the valley as well
as historical pictures of early days at Kualoa Ranch, including
aerial photos of an airfield that ran right along Kamehameha
Highway during World War II. Unfortunately the original pictures
of Elvis Presley taken while filming on O‘ahu were stolen,
but the rest of the pictures and memorabilia provide an interesting
and little known history of film making at the ranch.
After visiting the museum, the club hiked along the slope into
the valley itself. Even though the trails were muddy in places,
the weather was nice and the views of this wide-open undeveloped
space were breathtaking. The trek was long enough to give seasoned
hikers a good workout, yet not so long as to exhaust less-experienced
hikers. The tour identified many of the movie sites as well
as interesting geological features and plants that were significant
to the pre-European Hawaiians.
The tour climaxed in a small recreation of an ancient Hawaiian
village representative of those created by Hawaiians who
once lived in the valley.
Back in Kane‘ohe, hikers enjoyed Papa John’s pizza,
provided by the club, and discussed possible future hikes.
For information on upcoming events and spring hikes, visit
Aloha Aina Club at Club Carnival Feb. 4, or visit the Web site:
geocities.com/hpuhaa/hiking. Everyone is welcome.