For the very latest Covid-19 restrictions and regulations, please speak to your local service company or the Hawaii Film Office. This is the latest information for Honolulu/Island of Oahu and the State of Hawai'i.
Hawaii’s variety of tropical settings from lush landscapes to arid volcanic geology, sea cliffs, dense jungle, idyllic beaches, world class resorts and unique blend of architecture attracts everything from advertising work to high-end feature films and long-running TV series. A tax credit of 20-25% on your total Hawaii spend (including all labor both ATL and BTL, resident and non-resident alike) applies to film, television, commercials and digital media projects.
The Pacific Islands are well placed to welcome work from both the East and the West and continue to expand as a production destination and foster its reputation as a film friendly locale. Honolulu, the production hub of the state was one of the first destinations that encouraged incoming productions to return on June 3, 2020 with workable guidelines and a successful film-industry only modified quarantine programme for entry that was replicated across the world.
Honolulu, Hawaii has a long history of facilitating iconic TV series. It was home to the first series shot entirely on location (Hawaii Five-0, 1968 – 1980), and shows like LOST, that showcased its spectacular diversity doubling for a multitude of global locations throughout its 6 year run as diverse as England, Korea, Australia, New York, Iowa and a mysterious island.
In recent years’ big budget feature films including the Jurassic World Trilogy, Sony’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Jumanji: The Next Level; Kong: Skull Island, Godzilla vs Kong and the Taika Waititi/Imaginarium collaboration Next Goal Wins are some of the feature films that have been attracted to the islands.
The only purpose-built government-owned stage in the US is in Honolulu, the Hawaii Film Studio which sits on seven acres at the base of world famous Diamond Head Crater. It has one 16,500 square foot soundstage with 29 ft. clear span interior height, an insert-size water tank, production offices, parking and a mill.
Production taking place on Oahu are supported with a 20% tax credit, while production on the neighboring islands receives a 5% uplift for a 25% credit.
There are five film offices to serve the needs of production, one at the state that administers the Hawaii Production tax credit, and a film office in each of the counties of Honolulu, Kauai, Maui and Hawaii Island that serve as the on-the-ground specialists for their respective jurisdictions.
Hawaii Film Office – filmoffice.hawaii.gov | email@example.com
Honolulu Film Office – www.filmhonolulu.com | firstname.lastname@example.org
Maui Film Office – www.filmmaui.com | email@example.com
Kauai Film Commission – www.filmkauai.com | firstname.lastname@example.org
Hawaii Island Film Office – www.hawaiiislandfilm.com | email@example.com