Two New Hawaii Movie Studios
Hollywood has long loved Hawaii. Blessed with some of the most gorgeous locales in the world, Hawaii is also filled with a variety of diverse landscapes that have lent television and movie studios a place to film shows set in a variety of places. Now Ryan Kavanaugh, the CEO of Relativity Media, is proposing to build two new movie studios in Hawaii. Kavanaugh, who takes trips to Maui to visit his second home, is one of Hollywood’s biggest producers and financiers. Having produced “The Fighter” and “Charlie Wilson’s War” and over 50 other movies since 2005, Kavanaugh envisions building 40-acre studios on both Maui and Oahu that could create thousands of jobs. Not only will two new studios generate more filming on Oahu and Maui, but it would in turn create more visitors to Hawaii. Trips visiting movie locations have long been popular in New York, Venice and Los Angeles, and Hawaii is slowly catching on. Taking tours of the film locations on Kualoa Ranch has been a popular activity for over a decade on Oahu, as visitors love seeing filming locations from “Jurassic Park” and “50 First Dates.” If Kavanaugh gets his way, in the very near future a trip to Maui might just include a visit to the sight of the latest Hollywood blockbuster.