A Lost Fan’s Guide to Exploring Oahu

While ABC’s hit series Lost aired its final episode on May 23, 2010 — the love fans hold for this series remains the same.

Lost has been consistently called one of the “greatest television series of all time” with an average of 10.08 to 15.69 million viewers per episode. The series won several rewards, including:

  • An Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series (2005).
  • Best American Import at the British Academy Television Awards (2005).
  • A Golden Globe Award for Best Drama (2006).
  • Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series.

If you were a fan of Lost, there are probably a number of scenes and episodes that stood out amongst the series as a whole.

Now that filming has long since concluded, fans have the opportunity to take a once in a lifetime trip to the island of Oahu and explore some of the series’ most iconic film locations.

The Oceanic Flight 815 Crash Site

The Oceanic Flight 815 crash site is one of the first scenes that viewers became familiar with. This beach was the scene where fans first encountered the 48 survivors of the crash.

While the show depicted their crash site on an island somewhere between Los Angeles, California and Sydney, Australia, most of the season one beach scenes took place on Mokule’ia Beach. This infamous beach lays on Oahu’s North Shore and, like all beaches in Hawaii, is open to the general public.

Adventuring Into the Valley of Lost

The expansive valley within Lost is actually shot on Oahu’s Windward Coast in a valley known as Ka’a’awa Valley.

This valley is the film site for scenes within several major television and movie productions, including:

  • Jurassic Park
  • 50 First Dates.
  • Windtalkers.
  • Pearl Harbor.
  • Godzilla.
  • Mighty Joe Young.
  • Tears of the Sun.

For Lost, the Ka’a’awa Valley was used to film a few overhead shots as well as a notable scene in season one. In episode three, viewers got a more expansive look at the valley when Charlie, Kate, Shannon, Sayid, Sawyer, and Boone make camp for the evening. This scene occurs upon their return from listening to the taped broadcast of a French woman.

Escaping the Monster and the Banyan Tree

The area near the Turtle Bay Resort is one of the most notable filming locations for Lost. This heavily wooded area was home to several iconic scenes within the hit TV series.

After watching the pilot get sucked out of the plane that Jack, Kate and Charlie had found, the trio find themselves fleeing from an invisible “monster”. The “jungle” that they flee into in an attempt to make it back to the beach is actually a wooded area near the Turtle Bay Resort.

The same wooded area was seen again in season one, episode 11. In this scene, Charlie is found strung up within the tree. Charlie is saved by Kate and Jack, who are able to cut him down and resuscitate him.

This tree is shown again in episode 14 of the same season when Walt is trapped inside of the banyan tree from a giant polar bear. The character is saved with the help of Michael, his father and Locke. The group manages to chase the bear off by plunging a knife into its neck.

While these areas are open to the public, you will need to pay for parking at the Turtle Bay Resort unless you are a guest there. While there is a security gate at the resort’s entrance, they must allow you to pass since Hawaii laws require beaches to be open to the public.

Backstories Galore: The Engagement Site for Jin and Sun

Another popular scene of lost is a backstory that illustrates Jin and Sun’s engagement. In this scene, Jin proposes to Sun after obtaining permission from her father to marry. The proposal takes place on a bridge just outside of Sun’s father’s home.

This iconic scene was filmed at the Byodo-In-Temple on the Eastern side of Oahu.

Hurley Buys a House for His Mother

Towards the end of the first season of Lost, Hurley wins the lottery. After deciding what to do with his earnings, he takes his blindfolded mother to her new home, a house that Hurley bought for her. Things don’t quite go as expected when the pair arrive, and Hurley is forced to watch the house burst into flames before his eyes.

The home used for this scene is located within Oahu in the Kahala neighborhood. Just east of Diamond Head, the Kahala neighborhood boasts some of the most luxurious homes on the island of Oahu.

Mr. Eko and the Nigerian Village

Mr. Eko was not on the show as much as some fans may have hoped, but his backstory about the Nigerian village that he grew up in quickly boasted some of the most iconic scenes of Lost. Mr. Eko’s story was somewhat heartbreaking, including his decision to spare his younger brother from the task of having to shoot an old, unarmed man.

Mr. Eko’s Nigerian village is actually the town of Waialua, the former site of the Waialua Sugar Mill. The town can be found on Oahu’s North Shore and is open to the public.

The Village of the Others

One of the most popular filming locations from Lost is the Barracks. This location, also known as the Village of the Others, is where the Dharma Initiative called home on the island.

While this village is seen in several notable scenes, it is primarily used in season five of the hit series. The “Dharma Processing Center” where new recruits receive their uniforms and assignments is actually the Assembly Hall for the YMCA Camp Erdman. This camp is located near the Mokule’ia Beach on the North Shore of Oahu.

Exploring Lost Sites Through a Once in a Lifetime Tour

If you’re a Lost super-fan and you’re interested in seeing many of these iconic film locations, it is worth taking the time to review and consider a tour group.

There are several tour groups on Oahu that visit these iconic filming locations and more. Tour groups commonly provide half- or full-day visits, with full days often including extra benefits, such as souvenirs, additional locations or lunch.