In Search of Filming Locations for ABC's Lost

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    Finding the Locations Where ABC's Lost is Filmed on Oahu, Hawaii

    Cast of ABC's Emmy Award Winning Drama Lost
    ••• Cast of ABC's Emmy Award Winning Drama Lost. Promotional Photo Courtesy of ABC

    One of the most frequent questions we've received over the last 12 years concerns ABC's hit series LOST and the show's filming locations on Oahu. While many scenes - such as those in the cave - are filmed on a sound stage on the outskirts of Honolulu, many scenes are filmed on location throughout the island of Oahu.

    When I visit Oahu we usually go in search of Lost filming locations and without too much effort we always find quite a few.

    Lost filming takes place at numerous locations, most of which are easily located and accessible to the public for free. Other locations will require that you participate in paid attraction that ventures into the area where filming occurred.

    For each location we've located, we'll show you a photo of the area as you'll likely see it on your visit and we'll provide a link to a Google Map to help you find the location.

    So, if you're ready to see some great Lost filming locations, just click on the arrow for the next page below.

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    Crash Site of Oceanic Flight 815

    Mokuleia Beach Park - Lost Beach, Oahu
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    When we first encounter our group of 48 crash survivors, they are gathered around the wreckage of Oceanic Flight 815 which rests on the beach of an island somewhere between Sydney, Australia and Los Angeles, California. The actual filming location of the plane wreckage and most of the beach scenes in Season 1 of Lost was Mokule'ia Beach on Oahu's North Shore.

    Traveling north from Central Oahu you most likely will be driving on Highway 99, the Kamehameha Highway. As you approach Hale'iwa town you'll want to look for signs for the Farrington Highway (Highway 930). As you drive west on the Farrington Highway, watch for Dillingham Airfield on your left. You'll pass Mokule'ia Beach Park on your right. The beaches that follow were the locations for principal shooting of Season 1 of Lost. Season 2 beach scenes were filmed at Police Beach near Haleiwa.

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    Exploring the Valley of Lost

    Kualoa Ranch
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    On their second day on the island Jack, Kate and Charlie head into the valley in search of the plane's cockpit. Kate mentions to Charlie that he looks familiar. When I first saw the panoramic view of this valley, it also looked very familiar.

    This scene and numerous other scenes in Lost were filmed in the Ka'a'awa Valley on Oahu's Windward Coast. In this photo we look back towards the ocean from a clearing a bit inland and higher up in the valley. This is also the location where in Episode 3, Sayid, Charlie, Kate, Shannon, Boone and Sawyer make camp for the night when they return from hearing the taped broadcast of the French woman.

    The Ka'a'awa Valley has been used for location filming for numerous major motion pictures and television productions. Here scenes were filmed for 50 First Dates, Godzilla, Mighty Joe Young, Pearl Harbor, Tears of the Sun, and Windtalkers.

    The only way to venture into the valley is with permission of the owners, the Kualoa Ranch. I took a two hour horseback...MORE ride from the ranch into the valley. The guides make sure to point out many of these filming locations. For more information on the valley and how to get there see our feature Exploring Kualoa Ranch and the Ka'a'awa Valley of Oahu, Hawaii.

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    Home of the Monster

    Hawaii, Oahu, Mokuleia, View of Kaena Point
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    While Jack, Kate and Charlie explore the valley, back on the beach the survivors huddle under the plane wreckage in a heavy rainstorm. Suddenly the ominous sound of the "monster" is heard coming from the valley, leading Claire to say, "there it is again."

    The view Claire sees is actually the view that is seen looking inland from Mokule'ia Beach, the actual beach where the plane wreckage set was built. This same scene forms the background later in the Part 2 of the series pilot when Jack operates on the Marshall who was escorting Kate to the United States.

    The jungle in the forefront where the trees collapse one by one as the monster passes was actually superimposed by CGI graphics.

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    Fleeing in the Rainforest

    Turtle Bay, Resort, North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii
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    Having found the plane's cockpit Jack, Kate and Charlie watch as the pilot is sucked from the plane by the "monster", Jack, Kate and Charlie flee into the jungle as they try to make their way back to the beach.

    They are actually running through a heavily wooded area near the Turtle Bay Resort where numerous other scenes are filmed for Lost.

    The Turtle Bay Resort is located near Oahu's most northerly point. You can drive northeast from Haleiwa on the Kamehameha Highway or approach it from the other direction where it is about 10 minutes past the Polynesian Cultural Center in La'ie.

    If you're not a guest at the Turtle Bay Resort, you may be asked to pay a fee to park. There is a security gate that you must pass to reach the resort. They can't refuse you entrance since all beaches in Hawaii must have public access. Past the golf course and tennis courts to the left, you can spot the horse stables. After you park you'll want to head in that direction and follow the markers for the...MORE west/green trail which will take you through numerous filming locations for Lost.

    You can print a copy of the trail map here

     

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    The Banyan Tree

    ••• Turtle Bay Resort

    This same wooded area near the Turtle Bay Resort is also the site of the banyan trees which have been used several times in the filming of Lost.

    It was here where in Lost Season 1, Episode 11 - All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues that Charlie is strung up in the tree by his neck by the mysterious Ethan. Kate is able to cut Charlie down and Jack is finally able to resuscitate him.

    It is also here where in Lost Season 1, Episode 14 - Special that Walt is trapped inside the banyan tree as a giant polar bear lurks outside. Only with the help of Michael, his father, and Locke is Walt rescued. Michael eventually plunges the knife into the polar bear's neck, injuring it and forcing it to flee.

    You can print a copy of the trail map here.

     

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    Jin and Sun's Engagement

    Byodo-In Temple
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    One of the most beautiful scenes in Lost takes place in Lost Season 1. Episode 6: House of the Rising Sun. This is the episode which features the first part of the back story of Jin and Sun. As we know Sun is the daughter of a rich and ruthless Korean businessman. When we meet Jin he is a waiter at a party being hosted by Sun's father. We soon learn that the couple is in love and that Jin intends to ask Sun's father for permission to marry his daughter.

    As a condition of marriage Sun's father requires that Jim work for him in his "business." We later learn that this involves much more than just paperwork. Having obtained permission to marry, Jin formally proposes to Sun on a bridge outside her father's stately home seen in this picture.

    This scene was filmed at the Byodo-In Temple which is located in the Valley of the Temples off of the Kahekili Highway (83) in Kane'ohe. This is actually a bypass road that allows you to travel north to the shoreline of East Oahu. If you take the...MORE Likelike Highway from Honolulu watch for signs for the Kahekili Highway (83) north.

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    Sydney Airport

    Hawaii, Oahu, Convention Center exterior view of front fr across street C1561
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    The Sydney Airport is an important location for numerous scenes in the first season of Lost. It is, of course, from here that Flight 815 leaves on its doomed flight to Los Angeles.

    Instead of traveling to Sydney, Australia, however, Lost utilized the beautiful new Hawaii Convention Center as its set for the Sydney Airport.

    The glass-front center opened in 1998 and features bold architecture, a $2 million Hawaiian art collection, and features such as a rooftop tropical garden, glass-encased meeting rooms and outdoor function spaces lined with giant palm trees. The architects of the design/build team - Loschky, Marquardt and Nesholm; and Wimberly, Allison, Tong and Goo - gave special attention to the idea of relating the building to its Waikiki environment and Hawaii's history and culture.

    Volunteers conduct tours through the Center for groups of 10 or more by appointment only. One-hour tours can be arranged on Wednesday and Thursday at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. You can, however, usually walk into...MORE the foyer area and escalator area where scenes from Lost were filmed.

    The Hawaii Convention Center is located at 1801 Kalakaua Avenue in Honolulu right near the border of Honolulu and Waikiki.

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    Jack's Wedding

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    Lost Season 1, Episode 20: Do No Harm is an episode that raises many more questions than it answers. It is a back story about Jack. We learn that Jack has saved the life of a woman named Sara in an automobile accident and in the course of her recovery they have fallen in love and intend to be married. Whether Jack and Sara are actually pronounced man and wife has not been answered. Nor do we yet know what has happened to Sara since Jack never has mentioned her on the island, nor does he wear his wedding ring.

    The location where their wedding was filmed was at the world famous Kahala Hotel and Resort, located at 5000 Kahala Avenue just east of Diamond Head. This is a beautiful resort which you can read more about in our review of the resort.

    The wedding scene was filmed at the wedding gazebo on the east end of the property near the shoreline.

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    Hurley's Golf Course

    Hawaii, Oahu, View of Kaaawa valley and Kualoa Ranch with the Koolau Mountain range in background.
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    Our next filming location for Lost takes us back to the Ka'a'awa Valley. I've received more questions about this location than any other. Everyone wants to know where Hurley builds his small golf course.

    Hurley's golf course is located within the Ka'a'awa Valley quite close to the location where Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and the two children encounter a large herd of duckbills and hadrosaurs fleeing from a ferocious T-Rex in Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park.

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    House That Hurley Bought For His Mother

    ••• Hunakai Street, Kahala, Oahu. Photo by John Fischer, licensed to About.com

    The character of Hurley (Hugo Reyes) is one of the most popular with the fans of Lost. Hurley is a much more complex character than first appears. In many ways he is ill-fated. Bad things happen to him and those around him.

    In Lost Season 1, Episode 18 - Numbers, Hurley has won the lottery and decides to surprise his mother with a new house. He blindfolds her and drives her to the new home, only to watch it burst into flames right before his eyes.

    The home used for this scene is located in the Kahala neighborhood of Oahu, just east of Diamond Head. This area is home to some of the most luxurious homes on the island.

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    Pond and Waterfall Where Hurley and Kate Land from Ajira Flight 316

    Hawaii, Oahu, Waimea Valley, Waimea Falls Flowing Into Pool.
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    The Oceanic 6, once eager to leave the island are persuaded or forced to return. They board Ajira Airlines flight 316 en-route to Guam only to once again pass through the anomaly that transports several of them back to 1977.

    In Lost Season 5, Episode 6 - 316, Hurley and Kate arrive back on the island in the pond near the waterfall first seen in Lost Season 1, Episode 12 - Whatever the Case May Be. Jack arrives nearby in the jungle and rushes to their aid, diving into the water from the top of the waterfall.

    This waterfall and pond are located in Waimea Valley, one of last partially intact ahupua‘a on Oahu which consists of 1,875 acres and has been a sacred place for more than 700 years of Native Hawaiian history. It is open to the public.

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    The Beach Camp

    Papailoa Beach, Hawaii
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    Ever since the end of Season 1, the second beach camp of Lost has been the scene of many of the series' most exciting moments.

    It has long been rumored that when Lost became an instant hit in 2004 the original beach set at Mokule'ia suddenly became a mecca for Lost fans, hence the need to move the camp to a more remote location.

    The location which was chosen was Police Beach or Papailoa Beach, just east of Haleiwa off of the Kamehameha Highway. In order to reach the beach camp, you'll need to park at the small parking area at the end of Papailoa Road and take the narrow public access path to the beach. You'll then make a left on the beach and hike for about 15-20 minutes to the set location.

    The set itself is on private property and is marked by yellow tape. You can, however, get close enough to take photos. How much you can do there all depends on the security guard on duty.

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    Mr. Eko's Nigerian Village

    Waialua Sugar Cane Company, Oahu, Hawaii
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    The character of Mr. Eko joined the cast of lost in the show's second season and for many fans his tenure on the show was much too short.

    Mr. Eko grew up in Nigeria in a small village. He looked after his younger brother Yemi. When a gang of guerrillas raided their village, Eko came to his brother's rescue when his brother was ordered to shoot an old man. Eko took the gun and shot the man himself, sparing his brother from the task. The guerrillas took Eko under their wing and soon he became their leader and drug lord. His brother grew up to become a priest.

    Featured in Lost Season 2, Episode 10 - The 23rd Psalm, the Nigerian village was actually located near Oahu's North Shore in the town of Waialua at the site of the former Waialua Sugar Mill.

    When I visited this site as part of the 10-hour Kos HUMMER Circle Island Lost Location Adventure, our guide told us that several months before he had a man from Nigeria on the tour. The man was amazed as how closely this area of Oahu, especially...MORE the color of the dirt, resembled Nigeria.

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    Dharma Initiative Processing Center

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    Of all of Lost's filming locations none is more popular than the Barracks also known as the village of the Others. It is here where the Dharma Initiative made its home on the island and where, after the Purge, Ben and the Others lived.

    Season 5 of Lost made extensive use of this site for most of the episodes featuring the Dharma Initiative. It is here where in Episode 5 - Namaste, Hurley, Kate and Jack were taken by Sawyer to join the Dharma Initiative. The Processing Center is where the new Dharma recruits receive their work assignments and uniforms. It is where Jack learned that his aptitude test determined that he was best suited to be a janitor - clearly a mean trick on the part of Sawyer, now known as LaFleur, the head of security.

    The Dharma Processing Center is actually the Assembly Hall for YMCA Camp Erdman located near Mokule'ia Beach on Oahu's North Shore. If you visit this Lost filming location, please note that it is private property. If you wish to walk onto the...MORE property, please stop by the camp office and ask permission. A small donation to the camp will usually help ease your way.

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