By Marty Wentzel
Ever since the television hit series “Lost” took to the airwaves, captivated fans have been flocking to the Oahu location where scenes from the show were filmed. Now that the program has entered its final season, more people than ever are booking tours to see the sites firsthand.
Hummer Lost Adventure Tours
About 1½ years before “Lost” debuted in 2004, Kos Tours launched off-road Hummer tours on Oahu’s scenic North Shore.
“Then, ‘Lost’ started filming along the same roads and trails that we were driving,” said owner Ed Kos. “So, when people started watching the show, we added ‘Lost’ locations.”
Today, people are obsessed with “Lost,” Kos said.
“Going to where it was filmed gives them a connection,” he said. “We talk about the scenes, and they feel like they’re part of it. To sit on the same logs that Jack and Ben sat on is huge for some of our guests.”
Much of the spectacular scenery seen in “Lost” is located at Kualoa Ranch, a 4,000-acre working cattle ranch that offers its own tours to the show’s filming locations. Actually, the ranch’s one-hour narrated Movie Sites and Ranch tour debuted back in 1992, following the blockbuster film “Jurassic Park” and since then, hundreds of thousands of people have experienced it.
Among other movies filmed at the ranch are “Wind Talkers,” “You, Me and Dupree,” “Pearl Harbor” and “Mighty Joe Young.” But it seems that clients get most excited when they stop at places where “Lost” has been filmed, said Kualoa Ranch president John Morgan.