Hawaii Celebrates Century of Film Production in the Islands

The Hawaii Film Office is marking the 100th anniversary of film production in the Hawaiian Islands.

Established in 1978 as the central point of contact for all film production throughout the islands, the Hawaii Film Office has directly supported more than 130 feature film productions, 160 television shows, and hundreds of national commercials that have collectively spent more than $3billion in direct expenditures and pumped more than $4.5 billion through our state’s economy.

Among the most notable productions supported by the Hawaii Film Office are big budget features such as From Here to Eternity; Raiders of the Lost Ark; Jurassic Park; Pirates of the Caribbean; Pearl Harbor and most recently Godzilla, Big Eyes directed by Tim Burton and hit television shows such as Magnum P.I, Lost and the original and the reboot of Hawaii Five-0.

The first feature films that were shot in Hawaii in May 1913 were Universal Picture productions titled The Shark God and Hawaii Love.  The two films were made by a theatrical troupe during a 2 month stay in Honolulu.  The films were shot between stage appearances at the Bijou theatre.

Queen Liliuokalani was still alive and living out here final years at Washington Place.

The Hawaii Film Office along with the county film offices located on Oahu, Kauai, Maui and Hawaii Island support production on every island throughout the state.  Together as the Film Offices of the Hawaiian Islands the group markets Hawaii globally as one of the worlds’ best filming destinations.

The Hawaii Film Office manages the Hawaii Film Studio which is the home to CBS’s Hawaii Five-0.

The Hawaii Film Office is honored to be partnering with Goodwill Industries and their Goodwill goes GLAM event.