Silver Screen Backdrops Come to Life on Kauai
The views on the island of Kauai are bountiful, and even more plentiful are the ways to enjoy them. Whether hitting the links, enjoying a day at the beach or exploring the volcanic mountains, the beauty of Kauai offers backdrops that rival the big screen.
There’s a reason why Kauai gives visitors a sense they’re starring in their own movie. The Garden Island has made its mark in Hollywood, providing noteworthy settings throughout cinematic history. From South Pacific in 1958 and Elvis’ Blue Hawaii in 1961, to critically acclaimed films such as Raiders of the Lost Ark and Jurassic Park, and more contemporary films including Pirates of the Caribbean and The Descendants, filmmakers continue to be inspired by all the island has to offer.
While visitors to Kauai can take advantage of thrilling helicopter charters with The St. Regis Princeville Resort to get a glimpse at the privately owned Manawaiopuna Falls – better known as “Jurassic Falls” – those who want a more hands-on experience can grab a set of golf clubs and head to Puakea Golf Course to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the classic film in a unique way.
Puakea is set on the southeast side of the island on sugar cane fields with Mount Haupu towering above. The mountain range that is immediately recognized as the iconic Jurassic Park backdrop is visible throughout the course, but the best vantage point is the course’s par-3 sixth hole.
Travel up the coast to visit the setting of Blue Hawaii and make time for a round at Wailua Golf Course with multiple ocean holes and stunning mountain views. The course played host to three USGA Amateur events and three U.S. Public Links Championships.
Round out a cinematic golf tour on the north shore of Kauai at Princeville Makai Golf Club and enjoy the backdrop to the classic South Pacific. The Robert Trent Jones, Jr. course offers views of Bali Hai and Hanalei Bay, and is the perfect setting for anyone’s silver screen memories.