Filming Locations

Filming Locations - LOSTEverything but the interior scenes of the airplane in the pilot episode have been filmed on location in Hawaii, with the island variously standing in for Korea, New Mexico, England, and Sydney. Following are some of the Hawaiian landmarks that have factored into filming.

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1. Mokule'ia Beach on Oahu's North Shore (off Highway 930), near Dillingham Airfield.

Mokule'ia BeachThis beach, right next to a major highway, was strewn with the wreckage of the fictional Flight 815, as seen in the eyepopping pilot episode. The wreckage was so convincing, local authorities kept receiving reports of “a terrible plane crash” until they put up a sign that it was a film set.

The last episode to use this site was “Whatever the Case May Be,” during which the castaways moved to another part of the beach (actually Police Beach near Haleiwa) because (on the show) the tide was rising dangerously. In reality, the tide would be too high to film during the winter months, so a safer location was chosen.

2. Ka'a'awa Valley, Oahu

You’ll need the permission of the owners of the Kualoa Ranch to reach this location. You can rent horses and ride to the locations used in the series. You can also ride along on a tour bus for a movie set tour (which includes some locations for Lost) or ride through the valley on ATV's. You may even get to see some Lost cast members and crew at work!

  • In the pilot episode, Charlie, Jack, and Kate hike through this valley in search of the plane’s cockpit and the transceiver.

  • In “Solitary,” Hurley builds his golf course here in “the first Island Open.”

3. Turtle Bay Resort
Banyan Tree at Turtle Bay Resort
  • If you are not a guest at the resort, you’ll need to pay a fee to park.

  • In the pilot episode, Jack, Kate, and Charlie flee the monster after it attacks the cockpit, running through a wooded area near the resort.

  • The banyan tree from which Charlie is hung in the "All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues” episode is on the West Trail of the resort. It was also used as the site of the polar bear attack in “Special.”

  • The Lost Season One DVD party was also held at the resort.

4. Hawaii Convention Center, Honolulu (801 Kalakaua Avenue)

Hawaii Convention CenterThe center stands in for the Sydney Airport in several episodes, including “White Rabbit” and “House of the Rising Sun.”

5. St. Paul's Mission, Queen Emma Square, Honolulu

The mission is used as the English church where Charlie confesses his sins in “The Moth.”

6. Byodo-In Temple, Valley of the Temples

Byodo-In TempleThe temple here is used in “House of the Rising Sun” as Sun’s father’s house in Korea, with Jin proposing to Sun on the adjoining bridge.

7. Waimea Falls, 59-864 Kamehameha Highway

Waimea Falls
The picturesque waterfall where Kate and Sawyer have a flirtatious swim and find the metal case in “Whatever the Case May Be," is located at the Waimea Valley Audubon Center, formerly known as Waimea Falls Park.

8. First Hawaiian Bank, 2 North King Street, Honolulu

The Chinatown branch of this bank is the site of Kate’s bank robbery (“Whatever the Case May Be”), supposedly set in New Mexico.

9. Famous Kahuku Sweet Shrimp Truck, North Shore, Oahu

The shrimp truck owned by the ill-fated Frank Duckett, whom Sawyer guns down, thinking he is the real Sawyer in “Outlaws,” is legit; it’s been in business for 10 years. Open daily from 9:30 am to 7 pm.

10. Laniakea YWCA, 1040 Richards Street, Honolulu

Used as the Sydney mosque where Sayid finds his old friend Essam in “The Greater Good.” Built in 1927 and designed by the same architect who built the Hearst Mansion in California. Links:

11.La'ie Inn

While Kate is running from the police she has her hair blond she then goes to a inn to wash out the dye to get to the hotel room she swiping a key from a cleening cart the outside of the inn this is a inn in La'ie on the North Shore of Oahu the inn is across from the McDonalds and down the street from the Polynesian Cultural Center however the shower she is in is not one located in the hotel.

See also:

External links:

  • - Directory of filming locations through the end of the series. Browse by map, season, character, type, and tag.
  • - Detailed archive of Lost's filming locations through Season 4.
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Anonymous What Episode? 0 Feb 14 2007, 7:55 AM EST by Anonymous
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We stayed at a house on Kawela Bay near Turtle resort last October. We got married on the beach behind the house on October 18th. We noticed after the cermony that the Lost crew was down the beach waiting for us to finish - Can anyone tell us what episode they might have been filming that day?
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Anonymous Lost Locations 8 Jan 16 2007, 2:02 PM EST by Anonymous
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We went to Oahu this past July.Took a full day tour.Our awesome guide pointed out many places from the show.We were able to swim at the waterfall.Banged a huge gong at the Temple.Even ate at the shrimp truck.Of course we got pics.We even saw the studio where they do the inside filming.Unfortunately,filming wasn't starting for a few more weeks.The guide showed us where the cast & crew gathers for coffee every morning when filming.I just finished watching Season 2 on dvd.I saw many other landmarks from our trip which is cool!
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Anonymous External link 0 Jan 7 2007, 7:18 PM EST by Anonymous
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There is a website, ( ) that lists all of the filming locations, and I mean all, probably about 150 or more. The few locations listed above in the article are well known, but this site also lists specific parcels of beaches, coastlines, vacant homes, churches, schools, conference rooms, business district parks and lobbies, offices, and categorizes the lot by both geography as well as by the episode they appeared in, with side-to-side photographs comparing the "real location" with the scene from Lost. It also has resources for the visitor, such as more complete info on Kualoa Valley (i.e. there is one other operator other than the ATVs, horse riding, and movie tours that has even better access to this private area chock full of Lost filming locations which is otherwise closed ot the public). It even has the smatterings of a few locations that were not filmed on Oahu.
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