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At 4,028 square miles, Hawaiʻi Island is rightfully nicknamed the Big Island. From the 13,796-foot summit of Mauna Kea, to desolate lava fields, active Kīlauea volcano, the rolling pastures of Waimea, lush jungles, valleys and waterfalls, and pristine beaches of all colors and kinds lining our shores, you’re sure to find a place perfect to bring your vision to life. We invite you to enjoy, explore, and be inspired by Hawaiʻi Island.


The Big Island Film Office was established in 1995 to market and promote island as a location destination for film production, to build local film infrastructure and capacity, and to nurture a film friendly supporting environment involving business, government, and local communities. Depending on the specific needs of the production, the Film Office can provide these services to assist in a smooth running show:

  • General information about “getting around” on The Big Island
  • Who to call to get things done
  • Where things are located
  • Guidance on sensitive cultural, environmental. and historical issues and protocols
  • Big Island events, activities, and cultural treasures
  • Locations jurisdictions, access, and contacts
  • Location photography and videos from the Film Office web site, Picasa, and social media
  • Scouting arrangements and facilitation
  • Referrals to professional and experienced location scouts and managers
  • Referrals to other local crew and technical personnel
  • Recommendations to “film friendly” accommodations and other support service providers
  • Liaison between other film offices, government agencies, and community organizations
  • All aspects of permitting and production liability insurance requirements
  • Assistance with the 25% refundable state tax credit