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U.S.A – Hawaii

Hawaii Film & Photography Production Services

Are you a media company, brand, ad agency or production company looking for film / photography production support or shooting crew in Hawaii? We have fully vetted, locally based fixers, service producers, directors, DP’s, videographers, cameramen, photographers, sound operators, production drivers, and a range of other film crew. Contact us for referrals, questions, cost estimates and references.

Want to know more about shooting in Hawaii? See below for an introduction to Hawaii locations, permits, when to shoot, crew, equipment, studios, tax incentives, and film friendly hotels.

Hawaii Film Locations

Hawaii is best known for its stunning beaches, lush tropical settings, and a rich Polynesian heritage.

Hawaii (Big Island) has black sand beaches, white sand beaches, green sand beaches, rainforests, waterfalls, verdant green grass ranches, scenic highways, volcanoes. Locations of particular interest to filmmakers and photographers include Akaka Falls, Rainbow Falls, Waipio Valley, Pu’u O’o Crater, Ahalanui Park, Green Sand Beach, Boiling Pots, Hapuna Beach, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, Kahua Ranch, Kiholo Bay, and Mauna Kea volcano skiing.

Oahu locations of interest include Honolulu, Waikiki Beach, Pearl Harbor War Memorials, Waihee Valley, Byodo-In temple, Kualoa Ranch, Makapuu Beach Park, Waimea Bay, Chinaman’s Hat, Kailua Beach, Lanikai Beach, and Mokuleia Beach. The H-3 Highway is an impressive car commercial location running through tunnels and along viaducts over green valleys.

Kauai locations of note include Lumahai Beach, Honopu White Sand Beach, Tunnels Beach, Makua Beach, Kipu Kai, Kee Beach, Polihale Beach, Polihale Beach, Poaa Point, Kilauea Lighthouse, Wailua Falls, Kokee State Park, Hanalei Valley Wildlife Refuge, Hanakapiai Valley, Blue Hole, Mt. Kahili, Mahaulepu Sand Dunes, Waimea Canyon, Taro Fields, Olokele Canyon, Tropical Jungle, Makana Ridge, Haena, Wailua River Valley, and Waimea Canyon.

Maui locations include Wailua Falls, Haleakala National Park, Makena Beach & Golf Resort, Koki Beach, Hamoa Beach, and Waianapanapa State Park.

Lanai locations include Maunalei Gulch, Polihua Beach, Garden of the Gods.

Molokai locations include mountains, North Shore, Halawa, and Hale O Lono Harbor.

Hawaii also has sugarcane, pineapple, macadamia nuts, and coffee plantations available for filming.

Hawaii has hosted a long list of productions including Avatar, Jurassic Park, Pirates of the Caribbean, Hunger Games, Die Another Day, Point Break, Waterworld, Hawaii Five-0, Magnum P.I., and Lost.

Hawaii Film Location Permits

Location permits are required for filming and still photography on public property such as city streets, parks, beaches, highways, and other state facilities. Hawaiians are serious about persevering their environment and culture, so special rules may apply depending on the location. Permitting generally takes about five days to process. Please contact us for location specific information.

When To Shoot?

Hawaii has 11 of the world’s 13 climatic zones. The winters are warm and the summers are hot. The tops of the volcanoes often have snow in the winter months. It rains somewhere in Hawaii almost every day of the year, but typically only for very short intervals. The western side of all islands tends to be warmer and drier.

Albatross chicks are hunted by tiger sharks in the north western Hawaiian islands for a couple of weeks as they learn to fly around July / August.

Hawaii Film Crew & Equipment

Hawaii is home to a good depth of internationally experienced crews as well as all the standard camera, grip and lighting equipment available for hire.

Contact us if you are looking for a Hawaii, Oahu, Kauai, Maui, Lanai, or Molokai based director, DP, photographer, videographer (cameraman / camera operator), camera assistant (focus puller), sound operator, grip, gaffer, stylist, hair and makeup, PA / runner, production driver, or any other film crew in Hawaii.

Hawaii Studios & Post Production

Studios. Hawaii has a studio just outside of Honolulu which includes a large soundstage, props, production offices, and other facilities.

Hawaii Tax Incentives For Filming

Hawaii offers a refundable tax credit. This includes 20% of qualified production costs incurred on Oahu, and 25% on the neighbouring islands (Big Island, Kauai, Lanai, Maui, Molokai). The incentive is available for film, television, commercial, and digital media projects. Contact the Hawaii Film Office for more information.

Hawaii Film-Friendly Accommodation

Please contact us for recommended film friendly hotels in Hawaii, Oahu, Kauai, Maui, Lanai, and Molokai.

Final Notes

Down Time. Beach time. Hawaiian luau.

Projects. For an example of TV commercials, stills campaigns, online content, corporate videos, virtual reality 360 content, feature films, TV series and documentaries shot in Hawaii, please see below:

Hire Hawaii Production Support & Shooting Crew

If you are looking for a film or photographic production service company, line producer or fixer for your shoot in Hawaii, please contact us.

If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in Hawaii, such as a director, DoP, photographer, videographer (cameraman / camera operator), camera assistant (focus puller), sound operator, grip, gaffer, stylist, hair and makeup, PA / runner, production driver, please contact us.

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