Kualoa Ranch


About Kualoa Ranch


Kualoa Ranch is one of the most beautiful locations on Oahu (we all know Hollywood agrees!). Once a sacred place of refuge and training ground for Hawaiian royalty , Kualoa Ranch encompasses Kualoa Valley and a working cattle ranch. Kua loa means long back in Hawaiian, named for the ridged mountains. To the north is Kaawa Valley, famous for film locations, and to the south is Hakipuu Valley, a 800-year-old fishpond and secret island. Nearby you’ll find offshore island Chinaman’s Hat, and around the bend is the Tropical Farms macadamia nut outlet.


Ancient Hawaiians held Kualoa as a special place of rest and royal training. Fast forward to 1850 and King Kamehameha III sold the land to Dr. Gerritt P. Judd, a missionary doctor who also served as an advisor to the king. Throughout its history, Kualoa Ranch has been used as a sugar mill, World War II military airstrip, cattle ranch, film location and tourist attraction.

Facts & Trivia

  • Island: Oahu
  • Duration: Nearby lunch stop between 45-60 minutes.
  • Amenities: Lunch stop close by includes food, drink and restroom.
  • Fun Fact: The 1850 sale of Kualoa to Dr. Judd also included Chinamans Hat, or Mokolii.
  • What to Expect: Views of Chinaman's Hat, the Kualoa Ridge Mountains, Ranch Fields, and some famous film locations
  • Pop Culture: This is one of Hawaiis most filmed locations: LOST, Jurassic Park, Mighty Joe Young, Godzilla, and many more!