50 First Dates (2004)

The 2004 comedy “50 First Dates” was filmed primarily in Oahu, Hawaii, with some additional scenes filmed in Southern California.

The Hukilau Cafe, where Henry, played by Adam Sandler, first meets Lucy, played by Drew Barrymore, was a set built for the film.  Contrary to some information online, it definitely no longer exists.  It was filmed near the Moli’i Fishpond, which is adjacent to Kualoa Ranch.  The ranch in fact owns this land and it has been featured in many films, including “Jurassic World,” “Triple Frontier,” “Snatched,” “Tears of the Sun,” “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates,” “You, Me and Dupree” and the TV show “Lost.”  There are some buildings there, but they were not used as the restaurant set, which was torn down after filming.

There are a couple ways to see this area.  The local shops near the pond, which rent their buildings from Kualoa Ranch, offer tours of their own near the water for a small fee.  However, the Premier Movie Site Tour offered by Kualoa Ranch itself stops at this area and covers it in detail, which is our recommended way to see it.  Here is a view of the general area where the cafe set was built.

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LOCATION: 49-243 Kuukama St, Kailua, HI 96734

Here is a small sign nearby marking it as the filming location.

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It is a challenge to find the house of Lucy and even more of a challenge to photograph it.  There is a lot of conflicting information about its location and GPS does not offer a definitive address.  So the easiest way to pinpoint the general area is to find the Waikane Store on Kamehameha Hwy, located at 48-377 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe, HI 96744.  There is an unnamed road sitting right beside the store.  That is the road that leads to Lucy’s house.  You can in fact walk down this road, as we did, but the houses do not appear to have any registered addresses.  From where the road dead ends, you still can’t see the house very well, as you’re facing behind it and from a distance.  You would need to actually continue onto the property, which is private, in order to obtain a good view.

The best alternative we could find by land was traveling a bit down Kamehameha Hwy over to Waiahole Beach Park at 48-199 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe, HI 96744.  Despite the name, the area is quite grassy, with little sand.  There is a small section around the trees that extends out from the shoreline a bit, offering the best view of the house.  It’s still not ideal, but it is the closest point on public land to obtain a view of the actual house.  If you have a long-focus lens, you can probably obtain a better view.  It should also be noted there is no parking on Kamehameha Hwy at Waiahole Beach Park.  There are some nearby side streets, however, where you can park and walk over.

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LOCATION: GPS coordinates: 21°29’34.1″N 157°50’50.6″W (nearest registered address is 48-377 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe, HI 96744)

Here is a wider view of the area.  The pier, known as Waikane Pier, is also seen in the film, though only remnants of it exist now.  The TV show “Lost” also featured the pier.

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Further out in the water, you can see a small island known as Mokolii, or sometimes referred to as Chinaman’s Hat, which can also be seen in the film.  It is a popular photo spot for tourists.

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The road where Henry keeps finding creative ways to stop Lucy can be found on Kualoa Ranch.  Countless other films have shot in this area, ranging from “Jurassic Park” to “Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle” to “Windtalkers.”  If we have one complaint about the Kualoa Ranch tours (which are otherwise great), even on their Premier Movie Site Tour, they drive through this area rather quickly and do not stop.  This makes getting decent photographs a challenge.

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LOCATION: Kualoa Ranch, 49-560 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe, HI 96744

Later in the film, Lucy is admitted to the Callahan Institute for Brain Injuries.  This was filmed at the Cabrillo Beach Bath House in San Pedro, California.  The same location was famously featured in the film “Face/Off.”

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LOCATION: 3800 Stephen M White Dr, San Pedro, CA 90731

The Cabrillo Beach Bath House interiors were also used in the film.  The staff is very friendly there and welcoming to the public, so don’t hesitate to visit.

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Triple Frontier (2019)

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.

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LOCATION: 91-1040 Kaiau Ave, Kapolei, HI 96707

The two stand in the parking lot and talk.

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Just a few blocks away is Ben Affleck’s house in the film, where he is only allowed in the garage.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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LOCATION: Kualoa Ranch, 49-560 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe, HI 96744