50 First Dates: let's visit Hawaii!
50 First Dates stars Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore as Henry and Lucy who meet in a local diner in a small corner of Hawaii. The diner is one of the many actual filming locations throughout the movie that starts you on a journey throughout the islands and beyond.
Undoubtedly, the scouted location was chosen due to its welcoming occupants, gorgeous scenery, and pleasant weather. These attributes make the Hawaiian Islands a major tourist location for travelers around the globe, including movie makers.
The state is comprised of a large chain of islands. Eight of which are well-known and traveled by natives and guests alike. They include Hawai'i, Maui, Kaho'olawe, Lanan'i, Moloka'i, and Ni'ihau.
Some major tourist spots are seen throughout the film and give you excellent coverage of the beauty of the area. Surprisingly, a few of the movie's locations are set in California and seamlessly intertwined within the movie. All of the locations offer a breathtaking backdrop throughout the movie that add a hint of whimsy and romance.
You don't necessarily have to pack your bags to enjoy a trip around the area. Sit back and relax while you take a trip, along with Henry and Lucy, to experience the romantic ambiance portrayed in 50 First Dates.
Hukilau Cafe-Kualoa Ranch
The Kualoa Ranch, located at 49-560 Kamehameha Highway, Hawaii is a private ranch that is used for many movies. This beautiful ranch is the location of the Hukilau Cafe, where Henry and Lucy first meet.
The expansive ranch is large enough to house the filming set, cafe, and the road that Lucy travels to work everyday. Along with its size the Kualoa Ranch offers tours so you can see, first-hand, some of the prime filming locations.
If you are curious what some of the other famous films, along with 50 First Dates that have used this location are, they include Pearl Harbor, Jurassic Park, and Lost.
Lucy lives with her brother and father in their house located at 47343 G Kam Highway. It is a beautiful location with the beach right outside of the house. The large home is surrounded by palm trees and a sandy beach that has a long pier that goes out into the water.
Sea Life Park
Henry works at the Sea Life Park located at 41 Hawaii 72 in Honolulu.
The large park is home to a multitude of sea life; some of which is showcased in the movie. Some of Henry's buddies include a massive walrus that blows kisses and “high-fives”, a penguin who cannot stay clean, and two dolphins, named Kate and Ashley who swim outside his office window.
The park is always open to visitors and offers you a chance to swim with dolphins, pet penguins, and enjoy scrumptious food at an authentic luau.
Cabrillo Beach Bathhouse
Lucy spends time at a hospital that was created for the movie. The Cabrillo Beach Bathhouse, located at 3800 Stephen M White Drive was originally built in 1932 for the 1932 Olympic Games. The building was revived in its later years and turned into a hospital for the movie. The Cabrillo Beach Bathhouse is commonly used for weddings and has an open Mediterranean style.
This location is actually in San Pedro, California and unknowingly takes you from the beaches of Hawaii. The weather and surroundings are just as beautiful, with the large estate nestled within trees and surrounded by massive green lawns.
Lucy always loves the feeling of a “first kiss” and shares one at the romantic Makapuu Lighthouse. The lofty height of the lighthouse, and the salty sea slapping the stones makes you feel lost inside your own fairy tale.
Makapuu Lighthouse is located at Makapu'u Point, Koolaupoko and offers paved hiking trails that lead you up the point for impressive ocean views. One of the best scenic views is that of the Humpback whales who are seen swimming in the oceans during their migrating season between November and May. This location is the perfect spot for you to revel at the majesty of the ocean, humpback whales, and the Makapuu Lighthouse.
Trump National Golf Club
No other area in the world is as well-known as California for its movie set locations. Since the beginning of films, California has offered a magical place full of movie drama and impressive sets.
Although it looks like Henry and his best friend Ula (Rob Schneider) spend time playing golf at a local Hawaiian ocean-front course, it is actually at a major golf course located in California.
Their real-life location is at the Trump National Golf Club, located at 1 Trump National Drive on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The impressive 7,242-yard course is meticulously maintained with an ocean-front view.
If you are a golfer, this location is a must-see, but there are many other options available. Fine dining and gorgeous ocean views are enjoyed from various locations, including the two restaurants on site. The bluffs located on the peninsula offer a scenic position, perfect for weddings and special occasions.
The list continues of the impressive sites intertwined in 50 First Dates that leave you wanting to see more. The pleasant weather in California and Hawaii offers you two prime locations to scout for a wide variety of activities. Rather you are looking for romance or fun, there is something for you to enjoy. While you visit the areas you can walk the same routes that were used in the movie and enjoy the feelings that accompany their locations.