Pre-Trip Fun for Kauai, Hawaii
"Fantasy Island" -- Wailua Falls is featured in the opening scene of each of these TV episodes. (Teens)
"King Kong" -- This Paramount Pictures classic remake was filmed on Kauai even though it's set on a fictitious island north of Indonesia. (Teens)
"The Last Flight of Noah's Ark" -- This 1980 Disney movie about missionary children stranded on a desert island after a plane crash and forced to fend for themselves was filmed on Kauai. (Preschoolers and School-Age Kids)
"Jurassic Park" -- Steven Spielberg's blockbuster phenomenon where dinosaurs come back to life thanks to high-tech scientific breakthrough combines Kauai's landscape with computer-generated animation. (Mature Tweens and Teens)
"Blue Hawaii" -- Elvis Presley's 1961 film about a pineapple tycoon features Coco Palms, Wailua Beach, Lydgate Park, Opaeka Falls, Kipu, Anahola Bay, and other locations on Kauai.. (Teens)
Watermelon Yogurt Ice -- The yummiest, most popular treat on Kauai is shaved ice and this watermelon ice recipe will get your child's tastebuds in the mood.
"Three Little Hawaiian Pigs and the Magic Shark" -- After saying aloha to their parents, three little pigs make their way in the wide wide world. There are no wolves on Kauai but there are lots of wild boar! This Hawaiian-style retelling of the three little pigs, with a glossary of Hawaiian words, will thrill and delight your little ones. (Ages 4 to 8)
"Luka's Quilt" -- When Luka's grandma ("Tutu" in Hawaiian) decides to sew her granddaughter a special quilt, things don't turn out exactly as expected in this colorful touching story set in Hawaii. (Ages 4 and up)
"The Sleeping Giant: A Tale From Kauai" -- When a magical fish is caught by Kauai fisherman and grows into a formidable and hungry giant, eating all the poi in the village, only one little girl can stop it. (Ages 5 to 9)
"A President from Hawaii" -- This popular new book about Barack Obama's childhood and the importance of Aloha spirit was written by a Kauai couple. Joana Carolan, the illustrator, owns Banana Patch Studio in Hanapepe Town. (Ages 9 and up)
"The Kauai Movie Book: Films Made on the Garden Island" -- An amazing compendium of photographs and stories about all the movies shot on Kauai. (Teens)
"Hawaiian Legends of Ghosts and Ghost Gods" -- Full of goulish and fascinating stories from Hawaiian folklore and mythology. (Teens)
A Little Grass Skirt -- To practice your hula dancing before you see the free hula show at Poipu Shopping Center.
Ice Cube Necklace -- To get ready for the leis, Niihau shell necklaces, and other pretty accessories you'll find on Kauai.