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 Ka’awa Valley, famous for film locations, and to the south is Hakipu’u 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.