No sighting of the T-Rex on Kualoa Ranch

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Sunday, January 7, 2007

I was flicking through the pages of a travel booklet in my hotel room in Honolulu, Oahu; 
to try to find out about more places to visit on the Hawaiian island that were less well known to me  and one image caught my eye. It was a photo of Kualoa Ranch - the name meant nothing to me but I recognised the image itself because it was very familiar.  As it turned out it had been the location for Hurley's golf course on cult TV series LOST(which I had been watching) and a scene in Jurassic Park - Sam Neil and the children watched as a herd of fast moving dinosaurs headed towards them before the T-Rex made an appearance (yes the scene was filmed at Kualoa Ranch).I just had to go. 

The ranch itself was (is) on private ground so the only way to access the film location is to take a guided tour.  
Just the image itself of Kualoa Ranch is inviting - a lush green and prehistoric landscape with mountains that appear to have been sliced - either created by volcanic activity or by being pushed up over millions of years.
 Arising early in the morning I boarded a bus in Honolulu which headed over to the East Coast.  As the bus entered the eastern side of the island via the highway, the tourist is treated to a view of the sliced mountains that run the length of the island. Although I had been along this route before I still found the view amazing.   
 Kualoa Ranch is opposite 'Chinaman's Hat' - an apt name given to a rock shaped just like a china-man's hat.
From the main gate it's a stroll up to the entrance and on that particular day it was a case of waiting in line for the next available bus to take me into the heart of ranch were Jurassic Park was filmed and I was very excited. Along the way there was ample opportunity to get out of the bus and take photos. The scenery was amazing (as you'll see in my photos).
I visualised the T-Rex appearing just like it did in Jurassic Park but it didn't make an appearance - maybe it decided to stay away he-he.  
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