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Filming in Hawaii

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Hawaii’s lush tropical settings, volcanic geology, sea cliffs, snow-capped peaks, dense jungle and idyllic beaches attracts everything from advertising work to high end feature films and long running TV series. A 20-25% tax credit applies to film, television, commercial and digital media projects carried out in Hawaii.

The pacific islands are well placed to welcome work from both the east and west and continue to expand as a production destination and foster its reputation as a film friendly destination. The state was one of the first US destinations that encouraged incoming productions to return through a successful quarantine exemption programme that was replicated across the world.

Hawaii has a long history of facilitating TV series, with shows like Lost shining a light on its spectacular locations. Most recently CBS series Magnum P.I and Hawaii Five-O have filmed a combined thirteen series based on the islands.

In recent years, big budget feature films including Jurassic World sequel, Marvel’s Inhumans, Sony’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Kong: Skull Island are some of the feature films that have been attracted to the islands.

The Hawaii Film Studio is located on the island of Oahu where much of the state’s production is centred. It has a 16,500 square foot soundstage with 29 ft. clear span interior height.

Production taking place in Oahu are supported with a 20% tax credit, while production taking place on the neighbour islands receive 25%. In addition to the Hawaii state Film Office the counties of Kauai, Maui, Hawai’i Island and Honolulu have their own film offices.

Climate

Hawaii offers two seasons, although not much distinguishes them. Summer runs from May to September and the rest of the year falls into winter. The state is characterised by year-round mild temperatures, with summer highs of about 30C and winter conditions falling to 24C during the day and about 20C at night.

It rains somewhere in the Hawaiian islands every day – the city of Hilo is the wettest in the US with up to 200 inches of rainfall every year. Hurricanes are very rare but tropical storms are more common.

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