HPU freshman Grayson Marces didn’t know
what to make out of the props blocking the Fort Street pathway. “I
thought that they were opening a new store,” said Marces,
until he overheard a conversation with a production technician.
The Lost production crew used The mall’s many Asian eateries
by placing signs written in Thai over their business names. For
added realism, the crew hooked up laundry on lines near signs
and strung between buildings.
Vietnamese Pho owner Vince Chaleuvxay said that the staging of
the Lost scene didn’t affect his business. “It actually
benefited us, and they were really nice,” said Chaleuvxay
who added that the production crew used his business to cater
on the set.
Hawai‘i HPU student Amanda Finn has been working for the
well-known show since season two. She says that Lost has already
film at several spots near HPU’s downtown campus, at the
downtown satellite city hall on Fort Street Mall, and at a location
near Nu‘uanu and King streets.
I love this job,” said Finn, whose duties include watching
out for paparazzi and working with cast members. Finn admits
the downside of the job: “I work long hours but hardly
notice because I am so busy.”
Finn expects to graduate this semester with her bachelor’s
degree in visual communication, and she thinks that working for
the show is “an amazing opportunity” that will open
new doors for her.
The show has had a huge impact on Hawai‘i since most of
its filming is done on O‘ahu, and since Lost is one of
the hottest shows on television. The action-packed mystery thriller
from J.J. Abrams, the creator of Alias, is its third season,
and is in its main characters include celebrities such as Matthew
Fox from Party Of Five and Harold Williams who did roles in the
last two Matrix movies.