My Quest to Find All of the LOST Filming Sites in Oahu


Burnt dharma van at the LOST others camp

I have an obsessive personality.

When I say obsessive, I MEAN obsessive. One of my biggest obsessions to date was that of the TV show LOST.

I spent hours everyday watching episodes, going on fansites, formulating theories, buying weird LOST related items on eBay – I was totally crazy for the show. And what better way to feed my obsession than by going to see the exact place where LOST is filmed. Fortunately, my boyfriend at the time was equally as infatuated with the show as I was, so we booked our tickets for Hawaii, and we were off!

Not wanting to spend our whole holiday running around squealing because we’d found a restaurant where a character once ate (trust me… I’d do that), we decided to limit our time to spend just 48 hours driving around searching for as many LOST filming sites as possible. There are hundreds of resources online giving maps and directions to near enough every filming spot, so it wasn’t too hard finding all of these places. What was hard was trying to narrow down which places to see as you could literally spend weeks trying to see everything.

The Oceanic Plane Fuselage

The burnt-out fuselage can be found on the North Shore of Oahu at Dillingham Airfield. It was an extremely bizarre experience, there were small planes taking off all over the place, so we had to wait for a space and then run across the runway over to this caged enclosure. The main body of the plane was hidden from view which was a shame, but it was still exciting to see Oceanic Airlines branded parts, as well as the plane seats, passengers’ luggage and even the drug dealers’ plane was in the enclosure.
There was a small gap under the fence, which I know I could have crawled under, and to this day I regret not diving under there to get me a souvenir!
Oceanic airlines wreckage
Parts of the plane
Plane seats
The Nigerian drug dealer’s plane

The Lost Beach from the first two seasons.

LOST was actually filmed on two different beaches throughout the show on opposite sides of the island. The first beach used for filming is Mokule’ia Beach, which was used for the plane crash in the pilot episode.

The LOST beach for the first few seasons

 

The tree where Christian would occasionally peek out from

The Others’ Camp

This was by far the most exciting part of the tour for me. The others’ camp in LOST is better known as the YMCA Camp Erdman, and it’s super-accessible and easy to find. We’d read online before that this was private property and you weren’t allowed to just wander around taking photos. Like that was going to stop us! 

We arrived and noted the security office overlooking the area. Nervously, we waited for the guard to get up from his desk before running as fast as we could into the camp and hiding breathlessly behind the buildings. We were in! It was really strange wandering around somewhere so familiar, and I kept half expecting Ben to come running out of his house.

Burnt out Dharma van crashed into one of the houses
The Others Village
Dharma gas tank

The LOST beach from Season 3 onwards.

We visited the main beach on Christmas Day, so no filming was taking place and most of the set had been packed away for the holidays which was a shame. There was a friendly security guard who pointed who lived in which tents, and showed us some filming spots such as Eko’s church and the graves of some of the characters.

The Losties’ kitchen
The campsite packed away for Christmas
Mr Eko’s church
The LOST beach
The LOST beach

Other filming sites.

Whilst driving around looking for the main sites, we spotted a few other minor filming locations around the island.

The funeral home which held John Locke’s coffin
Hurley’s chicken shack, known as Mr Clucks in the show
The place where Desmond bashed Kelvin’s head against a rock

 

 

After having so much fun spotting all the sites, we decide to break our rule of only spending 2 days looking at LOST related sites, and went ahead and booked a full day tour driving up through the mountains to see some of the private filming spots. More on that later…

41 Comments

  1. Kris
    June 22, 2011
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    This is really great! I have friends that live on Oahu and he was an extra on one episode. Loved the show, so I’ll have to look for these on our next visit.

    Great sleuthing!

    See my friend John in LOST: http://www.kriskoeller.com/blog/2010/04/06-update-my-friend-john-is-a-famous-actor—with-screenshots.htm

    • June 22, 2011
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      That’s so awesome – I’m jealous!!

  2. jill- Jack and JIll Travel
    June 22, 2011
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    This is awesome – I love the dedication. Not a big fan of LOST myself but I still can imagine what it must be like to see the locations where your favorite scenes are shot.

    • June 22, 2011
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      It was entirely bizarre and I kept expecting to see all of the characters wandering around! It’s a shame that we visited right over the Christmas period when they were having a break from filming or we would have been able to meet some of the cast :)

  3. Megan
    June 23, 2011
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    Wow – I had no idea you could go to see the fuselage! That’s really cool but would be kind of scary for visitors to the airport if they didn’t know what it was :D

    • June 23, 2011
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      Hahaha, I hadn’t thought of that, that’s brilliant!!

  4. Sherry
    June 23, 2011
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    I am impressed by your devotion to the show. I grew up on Oahu, so I recognize a lot of the places from the it. I can’t imagine the dedication and research it must have took you to find the non-marked sites. What a unique experience to have on the island! I haven’t gone to see what they left behind of the set, but maybe I should the next time I’m home.

    • June 23, 2011
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      I am so jealous you grew up there – it’s one of my favourite places in the world!

      That’s a good point, although it would be great if they left it all behind, I doubt there’s anything to see now.

  5. Patricia GW
    June 24, 2011
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    My hero!!! I SO want to do this myself, I too was obsessive about LOST. TV just hasn’t been worth watching since it ended. You saw so many different places that were filmed in the show, that’s so awesome! :) Looking forward to seeing your next post about the more private filming locations.

    • June 27, 2011
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      Hahaha! I’m always glad to meet another obsessive! There’ll never be another TV show like it, and I’m so sad it’s over!

  6. Toni
    June 26, 2011
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    *roling eyes* oh Lauren lol. I can only imagine seeing you this ‘sleuth like’. True dedication and total excitement at it haha. My friend was the same when we went to Paris – we just HAD to eat at Amelie’s restaurant haha. You should have seen her face when (without her knowing I was doing it) took her past the fruit and veg shop…she almost passed out – rather like how you sound =D x

    • June 27, 2011
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      Hahaha, I was TOO excited! That’s so cute about your friend :) I know how it is to be obsessed and overexcitable! :P

  7. Shey
    August 1, 2011
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    Must have been a wonderful feeling! I would love to go to the Harry Potter sets! I’m a huge fan! I like really huge. I read the fanfiction, surf the sites, go to the midnight showings, etc

  8. Ryan
    August 4, 2011
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    Thanks for the cool posts! How long ago did you go? Do you happen to know if Mr. Eko’s church is still there. My fiance and I are interested in getting married in it, if we can work out the logistics!

    • August 4, 2011
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      I went in 2008. I’m sure that it is still there, i’ve heard that most of the set stuff like that is still up.

      (And that sounds AMAZING!! I want to get married in it now!)

  9. Ryan
    August 4, 2011
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    Thanks for the info Lauren. Just found out from the Hummer company you used for your tour, that Mr. Eko’s church is no more. Bummer…where to get hitched now?! haha

    We’re definitely going there to take one of those LOST Hummer tours tho, after your post. Looks so awesome!

    • August 7, 2011
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      Damn, that sucks Ryan! Maybe on the LOST beach anyway? :)

      The Hummer tour was the highlight of my whole trip – you won’t regret it!

  10. Ellie
    January 22, 2012
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    I’m a huge fan of LOST and your pictures were an eerie trip back through time and place for me. (((Shiver)))

    Ellie

  11. February 17, 2012
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    I love this post! So awesome that you went and did it. I was also obsessed with Lost and got to re watch the entire series with my son last year! The others camp must have been amazing…too surreal!

  12. journeytom
    May 11, 2012
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    I LOVE this post. I was a massive fan of lost and really want to go to Hawaii and visit the sites. Once the show finished I sort of forgot but now I want to go back again so much more!

  13. May 24, 2013
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    Hi Lauren, I am on Oahu now and want to go check out these places. Which beach was the second one? Do you remember the name of it?? I’l be curious to see if any of the things are still around, I bet the fuselage isnt. Going to research now.

    • May 24, 2013
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      Hi Mary,

      Sorry, I don’t remember the name. I visited 7 years ago now! Good luck in your hunt though, there should be quite a bit of information online naming the beach :-)

  14. Cindy
    December 23, 2013
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    This is so cool! Do you think that any of these cites would still be available to visit? Obviously, the beaches would, but what about the buildings and things like that? Again. this is so cool!
    Thanks:)

    • December 29, 2013
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      I’m pretty certain the buildings would all still be there. I think there’s still LOST tours running in Hawaii so I’d imagine there’s still a lot of props hanging around :-)

  15. Simon
    March 28, 2017
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    I am going there in 2 weeks, but there will probably not be anything left to see of the set. But being on the locations are great stuff for me. Wonder if Flight 815 wreckage is still in the airport, do you know that?

    • March 30, 2017
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      Ah, sorry, I’m really not sure. I visited back in 2008 and haven’t been back since, so I really don’t know. Best of luck in your search!

  16. Robb Welch
    August 11, 2017
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    Simon, what was left?
    Lauren, hello! My daughter announced she is getting hitched on Oahu and she told me that LOST was filmed there and I could see the sights.

    Tonight my wife and I are Starting to watch Lost, from season 1 episode 1 so before I start, I wanted to Google Lost and Oahu.

    I did and Your Blog is the first I’m reading! It’s from 2008 lol!

    Anyways we plan on going to Oahu December 2018

    Thank you for writing this and for me to find it!

    Ps it was cool to read about the guy who became an extra too..

    Cheers!

    Robb and Tammy

    • August 12, 2017
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      Hope there’s still some stuff lying around for you to check out when you get there!

  17. October 7, 2018
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    “more on that later” …

    did you ever blog about the guided tour you took? I’d loveeee to hear about your experience & which company you toured with etc. <3 <3

  18. November 22, 2018
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    Hey Lauren,

    Only discovered your page today but now I’m obsessed. Your travels and adventures must be the centrepiece of every conversation!

    I’m an Australian who’s heading over to Hawaii (O’ahu) for the first time in January, 2019, and after reading this thread on the LOST locations am inspired to also visit most, if not all.

    I have a question though…when exactly did you visit and would you know if the plane wreckage is still viewable at Dillingham Airfield? If so, what’s the exact location to make it easier to find?

    Fingers crossed and I hope to hear back from you soon!

    Rhys

    • November 23, 2018
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      Ah, I visited way back in 2008, so I really don’t know how much is going to still be around on the island. A quick google told me that unfortunately the plane wreckage was removed from Dillingham Airfield in 2010.

  19. March 16, 2019
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    The very last photo, where Desmond killed the guy on the rocks – Where was that? I will be on Oahu in a couple months and want to see that especially.

    • March 17, 2019
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      Oh man, sorry, I can’t remember. I did this trip in 2008, so it’s all a little blurry now. I did some googling and it looks like it could be the Lanai Lookout?

    • Jayne
      December 13, 2020
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      That place is called The Spitting Cave in Portlock. A short walk from the street. My favorite spot on Oahu. I lived there for several years and was an extra on LOST season 6.

      • January 14, 2021
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        Ha! That’s amazing :-)

  20. November 2, 2019
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    I’m trying to decide if a tour is worth it. I only have 3 days in oahu. Should I rent a car and try locate them all on my own or is it better to just do a tour and see it all in one day?
    X

    • November 6, 2019
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      I’d probably just do a tour to save on time.

  21. Jennifer Kanefsky
    March 19, 2021
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    Really enjoy reading all the posts. My husband and I are total LOST fans. After the show there was an online auction from CA where they sold hundreds of items from the actual show and I was the successful bidder on Rousseau’s music box (not the smashed version). I love it!!! We are going to Hawaii next year will follow your advice. Thanks!

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