Luxury Resort Launches Movie Set Tour of Kauai
Thanks to The St. Regis Princeville Resort, now you, too, can stand in the mist of the very Jurassic Falls from the film.
From dreamscapes to adventures turned nightmarish, the Hawaiian island of Kauai has been the setting for an incredible slew of films over the last few decades. Influential feminist director Lois Weber set the first film, White Heat, here in 1933. Since then it’s seen stars like Rita Hayworth, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemon, Elvis Presley (Blue Hawaii was his first of three), Frank Sinatra and Julie Andrews on its shores. Kauai played a starring role in The Descendants, Jurassic Park, Avatar and Hook (celebrating its 25th birthday this year).
Feting the island’s A-list lineup is The St. Regis Princeville Resort with its brand-new, exclusive Movie Set tour, led by prolific local film location manager Angela Tillson, who worked on Jurassic Park: The Lost World and The Descendants, among many other blockbusters. The latter was actually filmed partially in the resort’s Presidential Suite, which is an optional add-on to the tour package (for $14,700 plus tax for four nights), which starts at $5,674 plus tax for two guests and is available to book from Mar. 1 to Sept. 30, 2018.
The VIP experience begins on the property, where Tillson walks guests through the lobby and beachfront areas visible in the George Clooney favorite, and includes the iconic view of Makana Mountain, which played the role of Bali Hai in South Pacific. On a private car trip from Hanalei to Lihue, you’ll make several stops for various locations before reaching Kipu Ranch, where an ATV tour features vistas you may recognize from Indiana Jones, Raiders of the Lost Arc, Pirates of the Caribbean and On Stranger Tides.
The climax of the tour is a helicopter trip to the privately known Manawaiopuna Falls, aka Jurassic Falls, featured prominently in the classic film. The pilot sets the ‘copter down near the base of the 400-foot falls so guests can walk the jungle path to the main event where you’ll feel the powerful mist and learn the history of the otherworldly destination. For true movie buffs is there anything cooler?