An Uptick in Movie Productions on Kauai in 2021

Jim Karlovsky

A total of 23 productions, including commercials, parts of feature films, documentaries, TV shows, and digital and still advertising, took place so far this year.  Recent on-island film activity included the upcoming Netflix film “Red Notice,” starring Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds, and Gal Godot; reality television series “Deadliest Catch: Bloodline,” filmed off of Port Allen; and 10 weeks of post-production for the HBO series “White Lotus.”

Other projects included commercial shoots for brands Teva, Roxy and Toyota, an Amazon Films documentary, an Apple TV talk show and an untitled independent horror movie filmed on private property in Kilauea. Scouting for several reality shows is ongoing, and upcoming documentaries on different subjects are pending permits.

Kaua‘i’s Hollywood connection goes back to 1934, with the filming of “White Heat.” Most recently, Disney’s “Jungle Cruise,” portions of which were shot on-island, premiered earlier this summer.
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