KAUAI, Hawaii

Posted on Sun, Dec. 15, 2002

Picture perfect
Kauai remains paramount when it comes to movie settings
Knight Ridder Newspapers

KAUAI, Hawaii – If the sky-to-sea cliffs, sweet tawny beaches and jungled waterfalls look familiar, you may have been spending too much time in front of the screen. Survived the “Outbreak” epidemic? Heart still racing from Indiana Jones’ wild woodsy dash, boulder close behind, in “Raiders of the Lost Art”? Stuck on fantasies about Tatu and the mysterious Rourke?
Those scripts may be fiction, but the landscape isn’t.


It’s also one of Hawaii’s most understated scenes, so laid-back that headliners such as Bette Midler can wander into the local Barnes & Noble in sweats, unharassed by locals. (No wonder Jackie Kennedy hid out here in the weeks after JFK’s assassination.)

Celeb homeowners have included Midler (who has sought to protect the island from overdevelopment), Lloyd Bridges, Michael Crichton, Sly Stallone (who built public polo fields here), Barbra Streisand, Val Kilmer, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Pierce Brosnan. Only about 56,000 live on the 530 square miles.

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