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Let me say this right away. The Kos Hummer Movie / Lost Adventure 5-hour tour was the most fun I’ve had in over 13 years writing about the island of Oahu.
I admit that I am a huge fan of the hit ABC series Lost and might not have signed up for the tour if it didn’t include a lot of Lost filming locations. However, having gone on the tour, I’m delighted that I did and it quickly became apparent that you don’t have to be a Lost fan to enjoy it, although it certainly helps!
The 5-hour tour offers a great bonding experience
The 5-hour tour includes many of the same locations as the 2-hour tour, but instead of having to drive to Kualoa Ranch on Windward Oahu, it includes hotel pickup and stops at various lost movie and movie locations in the road. It is also a “bonding” experience between you and the tour guide and others in your Hummer.
On my tour, our Hummer included our driver Scotty, a lovely young woman and a huge Lost fan from Australia, Tammie, and a married couple, Arlene and Don, who had never seen an episode of Lost . We all quickly became friends, chatting about TV shows, movies, the island of Oahu, and just about anything else we could think of. By the end of the tour, we had shared all the email addresses and promised to share our photos of the day.
Scotty was easily the most enthusiastic tour guide I have seen in Hawaii. Despite touring a few times a day, he never showed signs of boredom. In fact, when we found out that Lost was filming in the Ka’a’awa Valley, he was just as excited as the rest of us. When we saw new sets and several of the actors, he was taking as many photos as we were!
However, I am getting a little ahead of myself.
Nu’uanu Pali Drive and the Nu’uanu driveway
Like I said, I’m glad I signed up for the 5 hour tour. Instead of having to make the hour-long drive to Kualoa Ranch on your own, you’ll be picked up from your hotel. With only four guests in the Hummer, there was plenty of room to get comfortable. In fact, the Hummer was a much more comfortable vehicle than I thought.
Our first stops were along Nu’uanu Pali Drive and Nu’uanu Trail. This is an area few tourists venture into as they speed up the Pali Highway to get to the windward side of the island only by stopping at the Nu’uanu Pali lookout. You pass numerous luxurious houses, one of which was used as Anthony Cooper’s first home in Season 1 of Lost .
The road also winds through a very rural jungle terrain that has been used for filming in several episodes of Lost . Here is one of the most recognizable banyan trees from season one and we all took our photos inside the tree where Kate hid from the smoke monster in Season 1.
The tour then stops at Nu’uanu Pali Lookout, which is not known as a filming location, but which offers magnificent views of Oahu’s windward shoreline, where many movies and TV series have been filmed.
Windward Oahu – Muelle Waikane y Jardines Moli’i
Driving north along the windward coast, we passed several filming locations and briefly stopped to see the Waikane Pier, which has been used not only in Lost , but made famous in the movie 50 First Dates. .
Our next extended stop was at Moli’i Gardens, an area owned by Kualoa Ranch but inaccessible to the public except on the Kos tour or the ranch’s Moli’i Gardens tour. The Kos tour, however, explores an area of the gardens that is not included in the ranch tour. Lost fans will recognize that it was one of the sets used to portray equatorial Africa in lost , but it has also been used as the location of the Hukilau Café in 50 first dates and the site of a Nigerian village in the movie Tears of the Sun.
A short drive away is the area of the gardens bordering the Moli’i Fishpond Pond, where the Dharma submarine was docked at Lost , where Juliet saw her first views of the island and which also served as the father’s Korean fishing village. of Jin.
Ka’a’awa Valley – First filming location lost
After a short restroom / snack stop at the Kualoa Ranch Visitor Center, we head to the Ka’a’awa Valley, owned by Kualoa Ranch. This underdeveloped and beautiful valley has been used for numerous Hollywood movies including Jurassic Park , Windtalkers , Godzilla, and 50 First Dates . It is also one of the main filming locations for Lost .
We couldn’t have been more fortunate. Lost was involved in a major week-long shoot in the valley. Numerous sets were built for the upcoming Season 5 and numerous Lost actors such as Terry O’Quinn (John Locke) and Josh Holloway (Sawyer) were there before our eyes at an easy-to-yell distance.
It was kind of surreal to see Josh Holloway standing on the island of Lost in his Sawyer clothes but talking on a cell phone. I wish the survivors of Flight 815 had cell phones and a cell tower nearby!
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Lost, Jurassic Park, Windtalkers, Godzilla, 50 First Dates and More
The Kos Hummer Movie / Lost Adventure Tour takes you further into the valley than the ranch movie tour (by bus) or ranch horseback riding. That is a huge advantage of using a Hummer, that is, accessibility, speed, and comfort.
We stopped and had plenty of time to take photos of numerous Lost locations , including where Hurley drove the VW Bus up the mountain, the area where the “security” fence was located, and even the Hurley golf course site. In all, we looked at over a dozen past and current Lost filming locations. We also stopped at the Jurassic Park , Windtalkers , Godzilla, and 50 First Dates filming locations.
We spent about two hours in the valley. Time passed too fast. With Lost filming before our eyes, we were definitely all feeling great. However, too soon, it was time to head back to the Visitor Center and soon make our trip back to Waikiki.
Ed Kos – Owner of Kos Tours, Inc.
I had a chance to speak with Ed Kos, the owner of Kos Tours, Inc. I think Ed was really surprised to find a travel writer who actually paid for the tour. Like I said, I really wanted to do this tour and made sure to schedule it as part of my travel itinerary. Ed is as enthusiastic and big as a movie and a Lost fanatic as its hosts. Ed asked me not to reveal several of the surprises that are in store for tour guests and I gladly agreed.
Ed also informed me that he is looking to add a new 10 hour circular island tour early next year, which will visit totally different sites than the ones featured in the tour I took. I already wrote it for my 2009 Oahu trip.
As I said earlier, the 5-hour Kos Hummer Movie / Lost Adventure tour was the most fun I’ve had in over 13 years writing about the island of Oahu. Whether you’re a fan of Lost or not, there’s a lot on this tour to give you five hours of total fun.
Remember to tip your guide
If you go, remember to watch your driver / tour guide with a good tip. Too many visitors forget how important that extra money is to these people living in Hawaii who have to work multiple jobs just to make ends meet.
The 5-hour Kos Hummer Movie / Lost Adventure tour currently costs a very reasonable $ 149 and departs twice daily from hotels and resorts in Waikiki. The 2-hour Hummer / Lost Adventure movie, which includes only the Ka’a’awa Valley portion of the longer tour, departs directly from the Kualoa Ranch Visitor Center and is offered four times a day. The cost of the 2 hour tour is currently $ 79. I highly recommend the 5 hour tour.
If you are interested in learning more about Kos Tours, Inc. visit their website at www.hummertourshawaii.com.
If you would like to see a dozen photos taken on the 5-hour tour, please visit our Kos Hummer Movie / Lost Adventure Tour photo gallery.
For more information on Lost, visit About.com Bonnie Covel’s Lost site.
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