Raiders of the Lost Ark Opening
Huleia National Wildlife Refuge, Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii

Instead of traveling to the Peruvian Rainforest where the scene was supposedly set, Spielberg chose Kauai to shoot the unforgettable opening sequence of his classic adventure Raiders of the Lost Ark. You’ll recall that Indy was chased by blowgun-wielding Amazonians through the dense jungle, jumping in the river to reach his plane just in the nick of time. The Huleia River stood in for the mighty Amazon, and the jungle you see in the movie is actually Kauai’s beautiful 241-acre Hule’ia National Wildlife Refuge. This wasn’t the last time that the famed director would take advantage of the area’s tropical grandeur, as he later returned to film yet another adventure classic—Jurassic Park.

Kauai, Hawaii Tourist Attractions
Anini Beach County Park
Captain Cook's Monument
Fern Grotto
Grove Farm Homestead Museum
Hanalei Beach
Hanalei Pier
Hanalei Valley Lookout
Hanapepe Valley Lookout
Kalalau Lookout
Kalapaki Beach
Kauai Aadheenam Hindu Monastery
Kauai Coffee Co
Kauai Museum
Kauai Plantation Railway
Kauai Soto Zen Temple Zenshuji
Kauai Tubing Adventure
Ke'e Beach
Kilauea Lighthouse
Kilohana Plantation
Kokee Natural History Museum
Limahuli Garden
Mahaulepu Beach
Maniniholo Dry Cave
Menehune Ditch
Menehune Fishpond Overlook
Moir Gardens
Na Aina Kai Gardens
Na'Pali Coast
National Tropical Botanical Garden
Opaeka'a Falls
Poipu Beach Park
Polihale State Park
Princeville Botanical Gardens
Raiders of the Lost Ark Opening Scene
Red Dirt Waterfall
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Russian Fort Elizabeth
Salt Pond
Secret Beach
Secret Falls
Spouting Horn
St. Raphael's Church
Swinging Bridge
The Green Room
The Hanalei Bridge
The Queen's Bath
Tunnels Beach
Wai'oli Mission House
Waikanaloa Wet Cave
Wailua Falls
Wailua River Overlook
Waimea Canyon
Waioli Huiia Church
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