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15 Movies Filmed in Hanalei

Film makers love the scenic beauty of Hanalei, on Kauai's North Shore

Pagan Love Song (1950)

The bronzed and be-flowered Mimi, a half-American, half-Tahitian girl, was raised on the island but longs for the good old U.S. of A. "All my life's been one long vacation," she sighs, "and I'm bored." Luckily, Hap Endicott arrives on the scene. He's an Ohio schoolteacher who has come to manage his late uncle's coconut plantation.

Bird of Paradise (1951)

Directed by Delmer Daves. With Debra Paget, Louis Jourdan, Jeff Chandler, Everett Sloane. Island princess falls for a visiting Frenchman, but her people are against it.

Miss Sadie Thompson (1953)

Directed by Curtis Bernhardt. With Rita Hayworth, José Ferrer, Aldo Ray, Russell Collins. At a lonely military outpost on American Samoa, sticky heat alternates with torrential rain. A ship quarantine strands here Sadie Thompson, a "breezy dame" who sets the Marines afire...

Beachhead (1954)

Directed by Stuart Heisler. With Tony Curtis, Frank Lovejoy, Mary Murphy, Eduard Franz. On a Japanese-occupied island during World War II, only two soldiers remain alive after a mission attempt goes horribly wrong. Trapped on the island, they must escort a scientist and his daughter to the other side of the island where their ship awaits.

Naked Paradise (1957)

Directed by Roger Corman. With Richard Denning, Beverly Garland, Lisa Montell, Dick Miller. Gangster Zac Cotton and his two henchmen, Mitch and Sonny, try to get a boat to get off a tropical island after a botched robbery heist.

South Pacific (1958)

Directed by Joshua Logan. With Rossano Brazzi, Mitzi Gaynor, John Kerr, Ray Walston. On a South Pacific island during World War II, love blooms between a young nurse and a secretive Frenchman who's being courted for a dangerous military mission.

She Gods of Shark Reef (1958)

Directed by Roger Corman. With Bill Cord, Don Durant, Lisa Montell, Jeanne Gerson. Two brothers, one wanted for murder, are shipwrecked on an island inhabited by nubile young women who have amassed a valuable cache of pearls.

The Wackiest Ship in the Army (1960)

Directed by Richard Murphy. With Jack Lemmon, Ricky Nelson, John Lund, Chips Rafferty. Lieutenant Rip Crandall is hoodwinked into taking command of the "Wackiest Ship in the Navy" - a real garbage scow with a crew of misfits who don't know a jib from a jigger.

Paradise, Hawaiian Style (1966)

Directed by Michael D. Moore. With Elvis Presley, Suzanna Leigh, James Shigeta, Donna Butterworth. Rick Richards is a helicopter pilot who wants to set up a charter flying service in Hawaii -- along the way he makes some friends, including a young Hawaiian girl and her father, romances Judy Hudson, and sings a few songs.

Acapulco Gold (1978)

Directed by Burt Brinckerhoff. With Marjoe Gortner, Robert Lansing, Ed Nelson, John Harkins.

Seven (1979)

A government agent discovers a plot by a cartel of seven gangsters to take over the state of Hawaii. He hires a team of seven hitmen to stop them. Taglines: Death is their way of life!

Behold Hawaii (1983)

Directed by Greg MacGillivray. With Blaine Kia, Kimo Kahoano, Peter Kalua, Kanani Velasco.

Uncommon Valor (1983)

Directed by Ted Kotcheff. With Gene Hackman, Robert Stack, Fred Ward, Patrick Swayze. A group of Vietnam War veterans re-unite to rescue one of their own left behind and taken prisoner by the Vietnamese.

Dragonfly (2002)

Directed by Tom Shadyac. With Kevin Costner, Susanna Thompson, Joe Morton, Ron Rifkin. A grieving doctor is being contacted by his late wife through his patients near death experiences.

The Descendants (2011)

Directed by Alexander Payne. With George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Amara Miller, Nick Krause. A land baron tries to re-connect with his two daughters after his wife is seriously injured in a boating accident.