Catching Fire in Hawaii
Panem’s district 12 was well represented by Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss and Josh Hutcherson as Peeta as filming for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire began shooting last fall at various locations on the island of Oahu. The secret locations for the much-anticipated sequel in the Hunger Games trilogy were quickly revealed as word spread on the island and fan photos began appearing on the Internet for Catching Fire in Hawaii.
The cast and crew were reported to be quite happy to wrap principal filming in Atlanta and head to the tropical locale of Hawaii. “Woah! I don’t know where I am… I’ve just woken up to the sound of waves crashing on rocks, in a room I’m not familiar with. Welcome Hawaii,” tweeted Sam Claflin, who plays Finnick Odair in Catching Fire.
One of the shooting locations was a secluded cove just in front of the Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu’s North Shore. This is where the enthralling Quarter Quell scene was filmed. Later scenes would be shot in the lush Manoa Valley. This verdant valley was used frequently by the TV show Lost and is a popular hiking location. Actually about half of the film was shot in Hawaii. You can see many Hollywood film locations on our popular movie site tour.
Donne Dawson, State Film Commissioner, told Hawaii News Now, “They looked all over the state and other jurisdictions and settled on several spots here on Oahu. . . . It’s a testament to the fact that Hawaii was able to provide the location that they needed.” About half of Hunger Games: Catching Fire was shot in Hawaii.
The film is already being called a surefire blockbuster and is being heralded by critics worldwide. Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun Times said “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is a worthy sequel to the original and a fitting setup to the finale of the series, which will be divided into two movies.”
Other critics are using words like mesmerizing, monumental-achievement, and inspiring. Cath Clarke of Time Out London called it “Hands down one of the most entertaining films of the year.”