Film and television in Hawaii

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The U.S. state of Hawaii is referenced extensively in popular media, supported by efforts of the state government.

Hawaii Film Office

The Hawaii Film Office is an agency of the U.S. state of Hawaii through the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism. The agency facilitates all in-state film and television productions and photography shoots, whether they are small, local, or independent projects or large commercial projects.

Each county also has its own film commission that works in concert with the state-run Hawaii Film Office. These county offices coordinate relations between media producers and the specific counties within which they film — Big Island Film Office, Honolulu Film Office, Kauai Film Commission and Maui Film Office. Each film commission is led by a film commissioner, appointed by respective county mayors. The acts as a liaison with the Governor of Hawaii and the Hawaii State Legislature in consideration of tax incentives and other benefits granted for filming in Hawaii.


A partial list of movies and television shows filmed in Hawaii

See also: List of films set in Hawaii

Feature films

Set, but not produced, in Hawaii

Produced, but not set, in Hawaii

Television projects

Produced, but not set in, Hawaii

Set, but not produced in, Hawaii

  • The Brady Bunch (1973): ABC; The Bradys travel to Hawaii for three episodes.
  • Sanford and Son (1976): NBC; Fred and his son are vacationing in Hawaii and partaking in a convention for junk dealers. Little do they realize a pair of jewelry thieves are using them to smuggle diamonds to the mainland U.S.!
  • Sesame Street (1977-78): PBS; Four of the Sesame Street cast, along with Big Bird, Oscar, and even Snuffleupagus travel to Hawaii for a week of episodes during which they learn all about the nuances of Hawaiian culture, and Big Bird and Snuffleupagus search for a famous mountain shaped like a Snuffleupagus. Episode numbers: #1090 through #1095; originally aired January 13-20, 1978.
  • Mama's Family (1987) syndicated; Thelma Harper, having been a contestant on Jeopardy! wins a Hawaiian vacation for the entire family; two following episodes chronicle the trip.
  • Charlie's Angels (1977): ABC; Charlie is kidnapped in Hawaii: the Angels go to the rescue.
  • Charlie's Angels (1980): ABC; The Angels move headquarters in Hawaii for 5 episodes.

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