Wednesday, February 18, 2009

LOST Tour in Oahu, Part 1

Before I begin, I need to thank and acknowledge Jeff from Kos Tours; he was far more than our tour guide and ride, and really made today one of the most memorable and exciting experiences of my life! And a huge shout-out to Sam & Holly, who were also on our tour and put up with hours and hours of my endless Lost chatter and theorizing. You are patient souls and we were thrilled to have spent the day with both of you as well!

Given that I have to catch a flight home in a few hours, I only have time to post photos from actual filming locations right now (with a few obvious exceptions), accompanied by matching screen captures from the show. So please consider this a rough first draft; I really wanted to post these before I left Hawaii and because so many of you were kind enough to follow my journey on Twitter and Facebook today. The next entry will include pictures of the beach camp, the fuselage and pieces from the wreckage, various props, etc.

So stay tuned for more details and very cool photos after I am home again...and after tomorrow night's new episode airs.

* One caveat: this is and always will be a spoiler-free blog. We did witness live filming today, but I feel that I owe it to my loyal spoiler-free readers to remain silent about what we saw. All I will say is that is was amazing and surreal to be so close to the live production and set, and that we were able to watch a few scenes being filmed with some familiar faces.

When I have more time, I will add the titles of each episode from the photos below.

Anthony Cooper's house, stalked by Locke

Bad daddy's real pad

Desmond flashes back to military training

Not filled with Scotsmen on a normal day

Eko's church

...remains unfinished

Hurley's 1st lottery house

Thankfully the real one isn't cursed & didn't burn to the ground

Jack meets Kate in the pilot episode

It was rocky from the start

Jack's Thailand vacation beach

No sign of Bai Ling (phew!)

Jack's Thailand vacation beach, take 2

The coast is clear...literally

Jin brings Sun to the temple

It is breathtaking in person

Jin proposes to Sun

Note the Dharma-ish bench

Jughead on the island...

...and Jughead hidden on a prop truck

Kate buried her ex's toy airplane time capsule beneath this tree


...and then, like most men in Kate's past/path, he died

Miles parachutes onto the island

In reality, the ash layered rock is much darker in color

Other Rock Point

...does not actually have that opening

Pala Ferry

no Hurley, Jack, Kate or Sawyer held captive today

Radio Tower

nowhere near where it was on the show

Sawyer's Sweet Shrimp Shack

different name, same location

The sub before Locke gets to it

...and the sub in storage

The waterfall

No one resembling these two were swimming underneath it

Yemi's plane

The actual tree they superimpose it upon

Various fuselage beach camp tents


We took several hundred photos and I can't wait to share the best of the rest with you very soon!

I will say that taking this tour is exhilarating and exhausting (I have even more respect for the actors now...walking along their beach was surprisingly challenging); an absolute treat for true Lost fans who have the opportunity to travel to Hawaii. Even after the series ends, Kos will be offering this journey and I highly recommend it to all of you (we chose the 8 hour tour, but they also offer 2 and 5 hour versions).

Have a great day, and thank you so much for taking the time to stop by!

- Jo

12 comments:

The ODI said...

Excellent!!

Great stuff and it has been a joy to see your Tweets as well! :)

memphish said...

Thanks for sharing Jo! It's fun to see your pictures.

Mike said...

Great post! I'm super jealous!

The only question that I have is about the antenna. I didn't think they used a real one. I thought they had built the bottom part of one and then digitally added in the rest. I remember seeing pictures of the filming and seeing that. If you look at the antenna in the show and the antenna you took a picture of, the red and white stripes are off. Just my 2 cents!

Anonymous said...

Cricket here: love,love,love seeing your tour. I really hope they'll someday have a vdeo tour for us to buy.

Hillary said...

Oh.My.God! I'm freaking out about the awesomeness of this. Like a little kid at Disneyland for the first time freaking out.

If we ever had incentive to set a date to get hitched, this is it. I want to see it with the props. I cannot wait to see your pics and hear all about it!

LoriS said...

Awesome, awesome, awesome! Thanks for posting, and I hope you have a safe trip home!

Trina said...

Awesome! Thank you so much for sharing and for not posting any spoilers!

Sheila said...

Great stuff!

I've kind of made up my own Lost tours when I've been on Oahu, which I really enjoyed. It's like treasure hunts, er should I say Easter egg hunt. It looks like the tour you took was probably a little time efficient compared to all the research and navigation time I've spent finding the sites.

I had a doh moment looking through you're photos. I never realized that the Byodo Temple was in Lost. You're right, it is breathtaking in person.

Do you recall what part of the island the radio tower is on?

So, do you think you may have become addicted to Hawaii after your visit? I'll admit I'm a Hawaiiohalic. ;-)

June Harper said...

i'm so thrilled that you had a great time on your Lost tour! you saw filming. that's so cool! can't wait to hear about it when you're ready to share...

Tigerlily said...

So awesome, Jo!! I'm going in Hawaii - I plan to do the 8-hour tour!! yayy!! Will you tell us which scene you saw in production after it airs? pretty please???

CheerS!! Have a great trip home!

1miletogo said...

Wow, thanks for sharing :) We can all live through your photos and adventuring on the island. The closest I've come to the island is http://lostvirtualtour.com/ and now your photos. I hope to make it to the island someday...

Anonymous said...

Cricket back again to say...The waterfall pic you posted--didn't they just use that same location AGAIN for the opening scenes of
'316'?
I'm so envious!