While much of J.C. Chandor’s 2019 heist film “Triple Frontier” is set in South America, it was mostly filmed in O’ahu, Hawaii, with a few scenes filmed in Colombia and the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California.
Ben Affleck’s character is introduced unsuccessfully trying to sell a property to prospective buyers at Pae Ko Gardens in Kapolei. As he exits, Oscar Isacc is outside waiting to speak with him.
LOCATION: 91-1040 Kaiau Ave, Kapolei, HI 96707
The two stand in the parking lot and talk.
Just a few blocks away is Ben Affleck’s house in the film, where he is only allowed in the garage.
LOCATION: 91-228 Pilipiliula Pl, Kapolei, HI 96707
The camera is mostly positioned inside the garage, looking out towards the neighboring houses across the street.
LOCATION: 91-229 / 91-225 Pilipiliula Pl, Kapolei, HI 96707
As Affleck drives his daughter to school, he stops by a convenience store. The real building is currently a restaurant.
LOCATION: 91-775 Papipi Rd, Ewa Beach, HI 96706
He then drops his daughter off at school, which was filmed at Samuel Wilder King Intermediate School in Kaneohe.
LOCATION: 46-155 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe, HI 96744
The freeway establishing shot in South America is actually the iconic Interstate H-3 in O’ahu, also known as the John A. Burns Freeway, which crosses east and west over the Southeast side of the island. The freeway is known for it’s viaducts running alongside the lush Hawaiian landscape. We could not replicate the aerial view seen in the film, but here is a view of the freeway from one of the nearby neighborhoods.
LOCATION: Interstate H-3, Kaneohe, HI 96744
This is the view actually driving the H-3. Some visual effects were used in the film to add a small village near the road.
The house where the heist takes place was a composite of a couple different locations. The main building is part of the historic Clarence H. Cooke Residence, which can be found on Old Pali Road in Honolulu. It’s actually almost directly across the street from George Clooney’s house in “The Descendants.” Unfortunately, the building seen in the film is not visible from the road.
The gate and surrounding jungle seen in the film were actually filmed at Kualoa Ranch (49-560 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe, HI 96744). Unfortunately, the area where the gate set was built was not identified on their movie tour. Here is a view of the real gate to the Clarence H. Cooke Residence, which of course was never seen from this residential view in the film.
LOCATION: Clarence H. Cooke Residence, 3860 Old Pali Rd, Honolulu, HI 96817
The crew can be seen having drinks at this cottage, which sits near the the Moli’i Fishpond in Kailua. The property is actually owned by Kualoa Ranch. This cottage building can also be seen in the Bruce Willis film “Tears of the Sun.” The surrounding buildings and pond have also been featured in many movies, such as “Jurassic World,” “50 First Dates,” “Snatched,” “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates,” “You, Me and Dupree” and TV show “Lost.”
This area, while private, can be seen as part of the Premier Movie Site Tour of Kualoa Ranch. It’s worth mentioning that parts can also by seen by visiting the local shops near the pond, which rent their buildings from Kualoa Ranch. They offer tours of their own near the water for a small fee, but the Premier Movie Site Tour offered by the ranch is our recommended way to see it.
LOCATION: 49-243 Kuukama St, Kailua, HI 96734
The helicopter crash site was filmed on the main property of Kualoa Ranch. Their tours do not go up close to the exact site, but they do pass nearby and offer a view in the distance. A couple buildings from the film, seen on the left side, are still standing. Countless productions have also filmed in this area, including the 1998 remake of “Mighty Joe Young,” “Windtalkers” and dozens more.
LOCATION: Kualoa Ranch, 49-560 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe, HI 96744