Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’s Hawaii Connection


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.

  1. Hugh Indiana Jones fan, cant wait to see the new movie, hoping i can spot out some of the film locations…

  2. Hi Claire – let us know if you recognize any locations. Thanks for your first time comment here!

  3. it seems like the recipe of a good Indiana Jones film would be 1 part Nazis and 1 part Biblical artifact… the Soviet army does a pretty good job of replacing the Nazis, but the other ingredient…

  4. Hi Patrick – hmmm…I see where you’re going. I guess they’ve changed the recipe this time around. 🙂 Hopefully it will still be just as good or better than the earlier ones. Thanks for your first time comment at Go Visit Hawaii.

  5. I can’t wait to see this movie!!! I blogged about it a couple of times, especially when I found out they were filming in Keaau, where I live. Of course you could not get past the guards. My blog has a link about the personal chef to Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart while he was filming on the Big Island.

  6. HVG – sounds like they filmed in several spots on the BI.

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