This article is part of a series to give you an idea for the one-of-a-kind scenery on the Na Pali Coast of Kauai. Check out our other articles at the top of this page for other locations. But nothing compares to seeing this beautiful coastline in person, and we invite you to join us on one of our boats. We hope to see you out there. Aloha!
Honopu: Star of the Silver Screen
While touring the Na Pali Coast with us, some locations may seem familiar, as if you have seen it before. If you come with us and feel that deja vú, it is probably because you have seen it, in Hollywood movies.
The natural beauty of Kauai and unique landscapes on this island make it a prime spot for filming. With the rugged scenery, waterfalls, beaches, and much more, it is easy to see why. But if there was one location that has seen more action than anywhere else, it is probably Honopu.
An Ancient History
Known as “The Valley of the Lost Tribe”, Honopu was once home to hundreds of native Hawaiians who lived in relative isolation from the rest of the island. The steep cliffs (pali) surrounding the valley and beach kept the area protected from outside intruders.
The mana here is very powerful, and many people in this area feel an eerie presence when they are here; as if they are being watched by spirit guardians.
The most famous and most photographed spot on Honopu is most likely the giant archway. From the water, this arch looks modest in size, but that is only when compared to the massive landscape that surrounds it. For when you actually put it in perspective, the archway is hundreds of feet long and big enough for a helicopter to fly through it. In fact, this is exactly what happened in the James Bond movie The Man With the Golden Gun.
Many other movies have been filmed here. Probably the most recognizable ones are Six Days, Seven Nights, Pirates of the Carribean, King Kong, and Jurassic World. After coming out on a tour it can be fun to watch these movies, even if you have seen them before, but this time with a bit of reference to point out the locations made out to be everywhere but Kauai.
See it For Yourself
Reading about it is one thing, but to truly enjoy the beauty, power, and serenity of a place as special as Honopu and the rest of the Na Pali Coast, you will have to see it for yourself. Luckily we are running tours every day (weather permitting) on a variety of different boats. We invite you to join us to enjoy this special piece of paradise.