Stunning Hawaiian Beach used in the 1976 King Kong Film

Honopū Valley is a landmark valley within Nā Pali Coast State Park along the northwest shore of Kauai, Hawaii. It is known for its distinctive natural arch, which at approximately 90 feet (27 m) tall is the tallest in Hawaii. At the lower end of the valley is Honopū’s secluded, 0.25-mile (0.40 km) beach, also known as Cathedral Beach.

Honopū means “conch shell”, and the valley’s name is derived from the conch shell-like sound its arch makes when hit by winds from the north.

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In the 1976 remake of King Kong the beaches and jungles of Kauai, Hawaii were made to stand in for the South Pacific. Originally only the jungle scenes were to be shot in Hawaii and the rest on Zuma Beach, California. Producer Dino De Laurentiis, however, was so pleased with Hawaii that he decided to film all the beach scenes at Honopū and Kalalau Valley.

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This really does look like an island that would be King Kong territory.

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