Are you anxious to see the new Indiana Jones movie like I am? Did you know that there’s a Hawaii connection to the film? The beautiful rainforest of the Big Island’s Hamakua Coast plays the role of the Amazon jungles. So what brought Indiana Jones to Hawaii? According to this article, “One of the things they were looking for was old-growth jungles for this chase scene they wanted to do. You might think they’d find it in the Amazon, Costa Rica or Mexico, but no. They found it here [on Hawaii].”
When I was recently on a hike along the Hamakua Coast, I asked some local folks if they knew where Indiana Jones was filmed last summer. They said they didn’t know for sure and it seemed to have been kept rather secretive. I was told that helicopters flew in some of the supplies into one of the valleys between the Pololu Valley and the Waipio Valley. The photo above was captured around the Waipio Valley of the Hamakua Coast.
So, now you know the truth about some of the Amazon scenes. The movie is in theaters this Thursday, May 22nd.