Get Lost

Posted on: 26 March 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

Fans of Channel Four's latest television drama, Lost, can now visit the island where it is set.

Boasting lush green valleys and long stretches of white sand beaches, Hawai‘i is the obvious choice for those looking for an idyllic tropical getaway. And while the series may be entitled “Lost”, the cast can actually be found in the Ka‘a‘awa Valley region of Hawai‘i where they are currently filming the second series.

The island’s stunning 4,000 acre working Kualoa Cattle Ranch, located near to the town of Kaneohe, was transformed into a mysterious tropical jungle for the series, which is now in its second hit year in the US. Home to polar bears and monster-like creatures in the show, the Kualoa Ranch is in reality a family owned establishment that is a haven of peace and tranquility.

Here guests can enjoy a host of outdoor activities as they take in the panoramic views offered across dramatic mountain peaks and lush valleys.

From horse riding to kayaking, quad biking to shooting and jungle expeditions to movie set tours, the Kualoa Ranch is an outdoor sports lover’s paradise. But if all that on-screen drama has left you feeling exhausted, a relaxing boat trip across to the secluded beach on “Secret Island” is sure to prove your saving grace.

However, “Lost” is certainly not the Ranch’s first brush with fame as a host of Hollywood blockbusters have also been shot there over the years. Jennifer Aniston and Ben Stiller were visitors in early 2003 when they filmed the popular movie “Along Came Polly” whilst the set was also used for the romantic comedy “50 First Dates”, with Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler, and parts of “Pearl Harbor”, to name but a few.

Nevertheless, it is perhaps for the blockbuster spectacular “Jurassic Park” that the area is best known and in particular the scene where Sam Neill runs for his life to escape a stampede of Gallimus dinosaurs.

If you are in search of the ultimate beach holiday and dream of lazing the days away on palm-fringed shores, then Hawaii’s Mokuleia Beach – hidden a few miles west of O‘ahu's infamous North Shore - is the ideal place for you. Although scattered with debris and the hulking fuselage of the stricken plane in the series, Mokuleia Beach is one of O‘ahu’s most secluded beaches and is often overlooked by both holidaymakers and locals.

The beach, where star survivor Matthew Fox tends to the show’s wounded passengers, is also one of O‘ahu’s best windsurfing spots and its clear waters make it ideal for snorkellers and swimmers alike.

With pristine beaches, a wonderful year-round climate, dramatically diverse landscapes and the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of some of Hollywood’s hottest stars, perhaps it’s time to cast Hawai‘i as the lead character in your own dream holiday and discover for yourself how fact really can is more incredible than fiction.

For further information on Hawai‘i call Hawai‘i Tourism Europe on 020 7202 6384 or visit: www.hawaii-tourism.co.uk

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