Who Will Be Lost Without “Lost”
ABC TV’s hit show “Lost”, which has filmed in Hawaii for the last 5 years, has begun shooting the 6th and final season. Since the popular show aired its first episode in September 2004 it has become some what of a cult classic with audiences eagerly awaiting each week’s installment. With popularity increasing each year, the effect on Hawaii tourism has been palpable as visitors flock to the Island of Oahu to see their favorite locations. During the first year alone “Lost” acquired 16 million viewers each episode and that equates to a lot of people viewing the beautiful scenery of Hawaii.Believe it or not, filming locations in and around Honolulu have been used as stand-ins for spots around the world. With a wee bit of set dressing, Honolulu has been portrayed as New York, California, South Korea, Iraq, Nigeria, United Kingdom, Paris, Thailand, and Australia. The Honolulu Convention Center was recently used as the Sydney International Airport. Another prominent location on Oahu utilized for filming was the Byodo-In Temple. The famous beach where the plane crash took place is actually Mokule’ia Beach, situated along the North Shore of Oahu.
Locals not only spot the film crews regularly but LOST actors are a common sight on the island as well. Don’t be too surprised if you find yourself walking down the street and run into some familiar “LOST” faces. After the final segment airs in May 2010 both fans and locals will nurse the wounds of loss as the weekly viewing population bids farewell to a friend and the State gets use to a lot less worldwide exposure. For those of you who want to see some of the filming locations in person, reserve seats on our 4A – Lost & Famous Films Experience Tour. Filming Locations for Jurassic Park, Pearl Harbor, Mighty Joe Young, Tears of the Sun, Baywatch, and Gilligan’s Island will also be included in the tour.