Kualoa Ranch

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Near the visitor center at Kualoa Ranch
Mokoliʻi island, also known as Chinaman's Hat, as seen from the Ranch.

Kualoa Ranch is the landowner of Kaʻaʻawa Valley, also commonly known as Kualoa Valley, on the windward coast of the island of Oʻahu in Hawaiʻi. It is located at coordinates 21°31′14″N 157°50′13″W / 21.52056°N 157.83694°W / 21.52056; -157.83694 on Kamehameha Highway, Hawaii State Route 83,[1] between Kaaawa and Waikane.


The valley was sacred to ancient Oahuans from the 13th to the 18th century, as the Laʻa-mai-kahiki settled there after visiting Kauaʻi before returning to Tahiti. It was also the site of the sacred drums of Kapahuula and Kaahu-ulapunawai as well as the sacred Hill of Kauakahi-a-Kahoʻowaha, the key to the sovereignty of the Kingdom of Oahu.

In 1850 the American missionary Dr. Gerrit P. Judd purchased 622 acres of ranch land at Kualoa, and also the island of Mokoliʻi just offshore, from King Kamehameha III. In 1860 Dr. Judd bought a further 2200 acres. Then in 1880 Dr. Judd's son Charles bought another 1188 acres. Today there are 4000 acres of land.[2]

In 1863 Charles Judd and his brother-in-law Samuel Garner Wilder started a sugar plantation and built a sugar mill at the ranch. Several years of low rainfall brought sugar farming to a close, and the mill closed in 1870. The remains of the mill can still be seen.

In 1941 during World War II, the U.S. military occupied the land and used it for protection, shelter and defense. It was the site of Kualoa Airfield. After the war the ranch was returned to the Morgan family, the owners and descendants of Dr. Gerrit P. Judd.[2]

The entire ahupuaʻa (traditional land division of ancient Hawaii) was added to the National Register of Historic Places listings in Oahu as the Kualoa Ahupua'a Historical District, site 74000718 on October 16, 1974.[3]

The ranch today[edit]

Kualoa Ranch is today a beef cattle ranch, but is also open for tourist activities such as horseback riding and hiking. The ranch has been used as a film location for productions such as Jurassic Park, Mighty Joe Young, Pearl Harbor, Windtalkers, Godzilla, and Lost.

Movies & TV Shows[edit]

Mister Rogers, 1955 In Harm’s Way, 1965 Paradise Hawaiian Style, 1966 Karate Kid, 1986 Revealing Evidence, 1990 Jurassic Park, 1993 Very Brady Sequel 1996 George of the Jungle, 1997 Mighty Joe Young, 1998 Krippendorf Tribe, 1998 Godzilla, 2000 Pearl Harbor, 2001 Windtalkers, 2002 Tears of the Sun, 2003 The Rundown, 2003 Along Came Polly, 2003 Soul Surfer, 2003 Fifty First Dates, 2004 Along Came Polly, 2004 You, Me & Dupree, 2006 Journey 2, Mysterious Island, 2012 Battleship, 2012 Hunger Games, 2013 Tales of the Gold Monkey, 1982 Hart to Hart, 1984 Blood & Orchids, 1985 Island Songs, 1986 Jake & the Fatman, 1988-1992 Revealing Evidence, 1990 Raven, 1992 Byrds of Paradise (TV), 1993-1994 One West Waikiki, 1994-1995 E.R., 1994-2009 Fantasy Island (TV), 1998-1999 Magnum PI (TV), 1980-1988 North Shore, 2004-2005 Lost (TV), 2004-2010 Off the Map, 2011-2012 The River, 2012 Amazing Race, 2012 Auction Hunters, 2012 The Biggest Loser, 2012 The Last Resort, 2012 Storage Hunters, 2013 Hawaii 5-0 (TV, old & new versions) 1968-1980 & 2010 to present

See also[edit]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Kualoa Ranch
  2. ^ a b "Kualoa History". official web site. Retrieved 2010-04-14. 
  3. ^ T. Stell Newman (December 27, 1973). "Kualoa Ahupua'a Historical District nomination form". National Register of Historic Places. U.S. National Park Service. Retrieved 2014-01-14. 

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