Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Lost 2014 Tour: Judd Trail

Judd Trail is a footpath through a forested area just off Nuuanu Pali Drive about twenty minutes outside of Honolulu.  The area features stately trees, streams, and bamboo groves, all of which have appeared in various episodes of LOST.

Kate, Claire, and Rousseau recreate an abduction.  (from "Maternity Leave")
Forest along the Judd Trail.
Mr. Eko seeks the Smoke Monster
Forest area along the Judd Trail.
Claire with dramatic trees.  (from "Homecoming")
Dramatic trees along Judd Trail.
Jacob's Cabin.  (from "The Man Behind the Curtain")

The streams along Judd's Trial are also well represented on screen.

Locke and Boone just before they find the hatch.  (from "Deus Ex Machina")
Kate and Claire en route to The Arrow.  (from "Maternity Leave")
MJ searches for a screen match.
Young Ben searches for his (dead) Mother.  (from "The Man Behind the Curtain")
Ben finds Richard instead.  (from "The Man Behind the Curtain")
Stream crossing along the Judd Trail.
Mother leads Jacob and Man in Black to the light cave.  (from "Across the Sea")
Judd Trail stream.

On the far side of a second stream crossing the forest transforms into a very large bamboo grove.  This area was also used on LOST, for scenes with  Mother, Jacob, and MIB from "Across the Sea".

En route to the light cave.  (from "Across the Sea")
Path through bamboo, Judd Trail.
Jacob drags Man in Black to his fate.  (from "Across the Sea")
Judd Trail bamboo grove.
More MIB dragging.  (from "Across the Sea")
Judd Trail bamboo grove.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Lost 2014 Tour: Kapena Falls Down the Stairs

Kapena Falls is a cute little LOST location tucked in behind a cemetery just north of Honolulu.  MJ and I enjoyed our visit there in 2011, so we decided to return, this time with Chris in tow.

Along Nuuanu Stream.
The Dark Territory!
Banyan bordered pathway.
Chris checking out "Hurley's rock".
MJ peeking out from the fake cave entrance.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Lost 2014: Oahu by Air

On Tuesday morning Paul, Chris, MJ and myself took a taxi out to the Blue Hawaiian Helicopters facility located at the Honolulu airport.  Paul had been up in a chopper before, but for the rest of us this would be our first time.

Copters at the ready.
Loaded up and ready for the ride.
"What happens if I press this button?"
Although I was slightly trepidatious (mostly at the thought of getting airsick) the trip turned out to be smooth sailing and utterly spectacular.  The view of the island from the air was unbelievable.

Diamond Head.
Heading up the east coast.
Koko crater. 
Looking west towards to Koolau mountain range
Helicopter shadow.
Misty Mountains.

Just on the off-chance we didn't feel that the experience was magnificent enough, the island treated us to extra-special treat.

And just in case that still wasn't enough, we then proceeded to fly THROUGH the rainbow!

A battalion of wind turbines is a recent addition to the landscape.
Beautifully epic interior.
Farmland on the way back to Honolulu
What an experience!  Blue Hawaiian films each trip (a few shots inside the cockpit during liftoff followed by landscapes taken from a copter-mounted camera) so we purchased an SD card and shared the files.  Highly recommended for anyone who plans to visit Oahu!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Lost 2014: Day 7

Although the LOST 2014 event officially ended on Monday, September 22nd, many of us stayed in Hawaii a few days longer to squeeze in a bit more fun.  For Paul, Chris, MJ and myself, Tuesday morning found us high in the air enjoying a spectacular helicopter ride, a 45-minute tour that took us in a counter-clockwise loop around Oahu.

Next we said good-bye to Paul (who was off to ride ATVs at Kualoa Ranch with Jo and Erika, I believe) and dropped into the Enterprise car rental facility at the airport.  We picked up a car and started our adventure (as all adventures should start) with food -- breakfast at the Liliha Bakery.  Afterward we made a few stops at LOST locations along the Pali Highway.  At the Nuuanu Pali Lookout we stopped for a few minutes to enjoy the sweeping vistas.

View from Nuuanu Pali Lookout
View from Nuuanu Pali Lookout
View from Nuuanu Pali Lookout
View from Nuuanu Pali Lookout

We then looped back towards the North Shore to visit Police Beach.  Again, first things first -- we stopped at Jameson's by the Sea in the town of Hale'iwa for snacks and refreshments.  We were met there by Ian and Fiona (who had been adventuring separately that morning) and then the five of us proceeded to the beach.  After exploring Police Beach we made a quick to jaunt through Puaena Point Beach Park, which is a little further west, closer to Hale'iwa.

Exploring Puaena Point Beach Park
Exploring Puaena Point Beach Park
Exploring Puaena Point Beach Park 
Exploring Puaena Point Beach Park

By this point in the late afternoon MJ and Chris had reached their adventure threshold, so they set off to Haleiwa Joe's to book a table for dinner.  Ian, Fiona and I went back to Police Beach to watch (and photograph) the sunset.

Ian & Fiona walking along Police Beach.

As the sun finally dipped below the horizon, we made our way to Haleiwa Joe's to join up with Chris and MJ, and to have a final dinner together in Hawaii.  After dinner we drove caravan-style back to Honolulu, and before calling it a night we made quick stops at a few LOST locations -- the Academy of the Sacred Hearts, the Rainbow Drive-In, and the Hale Hana apartments which appeared in LOST as the Flightline Hotel.  As MJ dropped me off at my hotel I waved good-bye, secure in the knowledge that I still had one last LOSTastic adventure to come.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Lost 2014 Tour: Anthony Cooper's Home

On the way back to Honolulu from the Byodo-In Temple we spotted the location used for Anthony Cooper's home in the memorable season one episode "Deus Ex Machina".

Anthony Cooper's home.  (from "Deus Ex Machina")
Oahu residence, 2014
Wider shot of Oahu residence.