Movies and TV shows set in hawaii

The list contains the best, new and most relevant movies set in hawaii ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, humorous, entertaining, feel good, romantic and weird films and TV shows about / with mentor, culture clash, vengeance, beach, destiny, island, brutality, dialogue, catastrophe and chase plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres shot in USA, Japan, Germany and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as hawaii: Soul Surfer (2011), Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008), A Perfect Getaway (2009), Hawaii Five-0 (2010), Blue Crush (2002), The Big Bounce (2004), Hard Ticket to Hawaii (1987), Lilo & Stitch (2002), Six Days Seven Nights (1998), The Descendants (2011).

List of movies set in hawaii

 7.0
 50K
Soul Surfer (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Soul Surfer is the inspiring true story of teen surfer Bethany Hamilton. Bethany lost her left arm in a shark attack and courageously overcame all odds to become a champion again, through her sheer determination and unwavering faith.Bethany ...
Style: christian film, touching, feel good, uplifting, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, kids, family outing, chick flick ...
Plot: surfing, christian, human spirit, shark, disability, sport, against the odds, teenager, shark attack, handicapped, surfer, lifestyle ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, future
Place: hawaii, california, usa, thailand
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Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: When Sarah Marshall dumps aspiring musician Peter Bretter for rock star Aldous Snow, Peter's world comes crashing down. His best friend suggests that Peter should get away from everything and to fly off to Hawaii to escape all his problems. ...
Style: feel good, funny, sexy, humorous, romantic ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night, date night
Plot: romance, breakup, vacation, love and romance, resort, friendship, sex, nudity (full frontal - brief), sarcasm, betrayal, infidelity, surfing ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: hawaii, los angeles, usa
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A Perfect Getaway (2009)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: For their honeymoon, newlyweds Cliff and Cydney head to the tropical islands of Hawaii. While journeying through the paradisaical countryside the couple encounters Kale and Cleo, two disgruntled hitchhikers and Nick and Gina, two wild but ...
Style: surprise ending, suspenseful, tense, suspense, twist ending ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: serial killer, twists and turns, murderous pair, honeymoon, wilderness, psychopath, island, paranoia, deception, escapades, murder, couple relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: hawaii, usa
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 7.4
 74K
Hawaii Five-0 (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
TV show
Story: Steve McGarrett returns home to Oahu, in order to find his father's killer. The governor offers him the chance to run his own task force (Five-0). Steve's team is joined by Chin Ho Kelly, Danny "Danno" Williams, and Kono Kalakaua.
Style: exciting, realistic, stylized, serious, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: partners against crime, investigation, police protagonist, crime investigation, police, crimes, teamwork, fighting crime, policewoman, police detective, suspicion, leader ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: hawaii, usa
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 5.7
 32K
Blue Crush (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Nothing gets between Anne Marie and her board. Living in a beach shack with three roommates, she is up before dawn every morning to conquer the waves and count the days until the Pipe Masters competition. Having transplanted herself to Hawaii with ...
Style: feel good, intense, serious, sexy, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: surfing, romance, friendship, female athlete, sport, beach, teenager, coming of age, sea, women, cheerleading, ambition ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s
Place: hawaii, new jersey, california, usa
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 4.9
 18K
The Big Bounce (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A small-time con artist and a Hawaiian real estate developer's mischievous, enterprising mistress team up for a potential $200,000 score.
Style: humorous, intense, witty, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: robbery, skinny dipping, blackmail, mentor, adventure, judge, deception, unlikely criminals, crimes, betrayal, erotica, heist ...
Time: contemporary
Place: hawaii, new jersey, usa
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Hard Ticket to Hawaii (1987)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A man with a bazooka helps defend air-freighters Donna and Taryn against drug smugglers and a snake.
Style: semi serious, realistic, suspenseful, surprise ending, psychotronic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: rescue, erotica, drug dealing, crimes, heist, working undercover, snake, law enforcement, special agents, espionage, rivalry, woman in danger ...
Time: 80s
Place: hawaii, usa, honolulu hawaii
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 7.3
 192K
Lilo & Stitch (2002)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A lonely Hawaiian girl named Lilo is being raised by her older sister, Nani, after their parents die -- under the watch of social worker Cobra Bubbles. When Lilo adopts a funny-looking dog and names him "Stitch," she doesn't realize ...
Style: humorous, feel good, sentimental, witty, entertaining ...
Audience: kids, family outing, date night, pre-teens, preschoolers
Plot: disney, alien, experiment, friendship, friends, adoption, adventure, benign alien, space and aliens, orphan, family, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 2000s, contemporary, 21st century
Place: hawaii, san francisco, usa
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Six Days Seven Nights (1998)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: When Quinn, a grouchy pilot living the good life in the South Pacific, agrees to transfer a savvy fashion editor, Robin, to Tahiti, he ends up stranded on a deserted island with her after their plane crashes. The pair avoid each other at first, ...
Style: feel good, romantic, humorous, sexy, funny ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: survival, island, adventure, love and romance, stranded, jungle, initially antagonists, battle of the sexes, opposites attract, desert island, fall in love, disaster ...
Time: 90s
Place: hawaii, usa, tahiti, new york
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 7.3
 243K
The Descendants (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: With his wife Elizabeth on life support after a boating accident, Hawaiian land baron, Matt King takes his daughters on a trip from Oahu to Kauai to confront the young real estate broker, who was having an affair with Elizabeth before her misfortune.
Style: touching, thought provoking, depressing, emotional, sad ...
Plot: infidelity, father daughter relationship, dysfunctional family, teenage daughter, dying mother, marriage, family, family relations, cheating wife, bittersweet, greed, parenthood ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: hawaii, usa, california
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 6.4
 246K
Just Go with It (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A plastic surgeon, romancing a much younger schoolteacher, enlists his loyal assistant to pretend to be his soon to be ex-wife, in order to cover up a careless lie. When more lies backfire, the assistant's kids become involved, and everyone ...
Style: feel good, humorous, romantic, ridiculous, funny ...
Audience: chick flick, teens, date night, girls' night, family outing ...
Plot: romance, pretense, fall in love, couple relations, love and romance, love, couples, marriage, pretend relationship, single mother, teenager, dating ...
Time: year 2011, year 1992, year 1988, 2010s, 80s ...
Place: hawaii, usa, los angeles
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 6.8
 357K
50 First Dates (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Henry is a player skilled at seducing women. But when this veterinarian meets Lucy, a girl with a quirky problem when it comes to total recall, he realizes it's possible to fall in love all over again…and again, and again. That's because ...
Style: romantic, touching, feel good, sentimental, funny ...
Audience: chick flick, date night, teens, girls' night
Plot: memory loss, romance, amnesia, love story, love and romance, wooing, dating, beautiful scenery, teenager, memory, destiny, family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: hawaii, usa, alaska
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 6.5
 3K
North Shore (1987)
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: On a small stretch of coastline as powerful as a man's will, Rick Kane came to surf the big waves. He found a woman who would show him how to survive, and a challenge unlike any other.
Style: humorous, feel good, romantic, talky, inspirational ...
Audience: teens
Plot: surfing, teenager, beach, sport, coming of age, mentor, school, happy ending, shopping, weapons, lifeguard, sea ...
Time: 80s
Place: hawaii, california, australia, arizona, usa
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 6.5
 3K
Hawaii (1966)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 189 min.
Story: Abner Hale, a rigid and humorless New England missionary, marries the beautiful Jerusha Bromley and takes her to the exotic island kingdom of Hawaii, intent on converting the natives. But the clash between the two cultures is too great and instead ...
Style: sincere, captivating, serious, realistic, epic ...
Plot: missionary, infidelity, adventure, state affairs, culture clash, fish out of water, religion, romance, family relations, religions or cults, interracial relations, redemption ...
Time: 19th century, 1830s, 1810s, 1820s
Place: hawaii, usa, connecticut, new hampshire, yale university ...
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Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Mike and Dave are young, adventurous, fun-loving brothers who tend to get out of control at family gatherings. When their sister Jeanie reveals her Hawaiian wedding plans, the rest of the Stangles insist that the brothers bring respectable dates. ...
Style: funny, sex comedy, humorous, absurd, clever ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: wedding, pretending to be someone else, brother brother relationship, sex scene, foul language, topless woman, erotic massage, party, stupidity, farce, family, friendship ...
Place: hawaii
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 5.4
 67K
Aloha (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A celebrated military contractor returns to the site of his greatest career triumphs and re-connects with a long-ago love while unexpectedly falling for the hard-charging Air Force watchdog assigned to him.
Style: feel good, clever, realistic, semi serious, romantic ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, date night
Plot: life philosophy, family, destiny, love, satellite, communication, love affair, happy ending, love interest, love triangle, soldier, girl ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: hawaii, usa
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 6.2
 334K
Pearl Harbor (2001)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 183 min.
Story: The lifelong friendship between Rafe McCawley and Danny Walker is put to the ultimate test when the two ace fighter pilots become entangled in a love triangle with beautiful Naval nurse Evelyn Johnson. But the rivalry between the friends-turned-foes ...
Style: romantic, sentimental, epic, emotional, factual ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, date night
Plot: world war two, war, love, love triangle, love and romance, airplane, military, fighter pilot, aviation, navy, aerial combats, u.s. air force ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, 20th century, year 1942, year 1941 ...
Place: hawaii, pearl harbor, japan, asia, tokyo ...
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Princess Ka'iulani (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Lush scenery and gorgeous photography highlight this bio of Princess Ka'iulani (Q'Orianka Kilcher), a 19th-century Hawaiian princess raised in England but determined to maintain her people's independence from aggressive American ...
Style: emotional, sincere, captivating, serious, realistic ...
Plot: royal family, historical figure, save the kingdom, downfall, youth, life is a bitch, politics, destiny, political unrest, fall in love, leadership, state affairs ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 9th century, 1890s
Place: hawaii, usa, honolulu hawaii, england
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Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: In the summer of 1941, the United States and Japan seem on the brink of war after constant embargos and failed diplomacy come to no end. "Tora! Tora! Tora!", named after the code words use by the lead Japanese pilot to indicate they had ...
Style: epic, factual, talky, intense, serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: world war two, war, u.s. navy, aviation, navy, military life, air raid, u.s. military, state affairs, political unrest, warship, u.s. army ...
Time: 70s, 1940s, year 1941, 20th century
Place: hawaii, japan, pearl harbor, washington d.c., asia ...
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 6.1
 7K
Blue Hawaii (1961)
Genre: Comedy, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Chad Gates has just gotten out of the Army, and is happy to be back in Hawaii with his surf-board, his beach buddies, and his girlfriend.
Style: humorous, feel good, stylized, light, melancholic ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, teens, kids
Plot: surfing, dancing, happy ending, tour guide, family business, love and romance, fall in love, parents and children, starting over, partners, love, beach ...
Time: 60s, future, 80s, 20th century
Place: hawaii, las vegas, usa, honolulu hawaii, polynesia
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Same Time, Next Christmas (2019)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Olivia Anderson is a successful young woman who met her childhood sweetheart during her family’s annual Christmas visit to Hawaii. After being separated by distance and years, the two reunite at the same Hawaiian resort years later, and the old ...
Style: emotional, sentimental, sweet, realistic, touching
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: christmas, love, power of love, romance, couples, young lovers, destiny, stereotypes, beach resort
Place: hawaii
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Picture Bride (1994)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Riyo, an orphaned 17-year old, sails from Yokohama to Hawaii in 1918 to marry Matsuji, a man she has never met. Hoping to escape a troubled past and start anew, Riyo is bitterly disappointed upon her arrival: her husband is twice her age. The ...
Style: touching, emotional, melancholic, serious, clever ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: self discovery, immigrants, orphan, existentialism, loveless marriage, older man younger woman relationship, social differences, fish out of water, love and romance, culture clash, friendship, death ...
Time: year 1918, 1920s, 19th century
Place: hawaii, japan, tokyo, usa, asia
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 6.0
 14K
Magnum P.I. (2018)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: Thomas Magnum, a decorated former Navy SEAL who, upon returning home from Afghanistan, repurposes his military skills to become a private investigator in Hawaii taking jobs no one else will with the help of fellow vets T.C. Calvin and Rick Wright, ...
Style: captivating, exciting, tense, suspense, intense ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick
Plot: private investigator, sleuth, partners against crime, war veteran, crime investigation, investigation, teamwork, best friends, vengeance, fighting crime, partners, confronting the past ...
Time: 21st century
Place: hawaii
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 5.4
 3K
Race the Sun (1996)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A bunch of high school misfits in Hawaii, introduced by their new teacher, attend a science fair in which they draw up inspiration to build their own solar car and win a trip to compete in the 1990 World Solar Challenge in Australia.
Style: feel good, entertaining, light, exciting, unusual plot structure ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: chase, youth, ambition, dedicated educator, rivalry, against the odds, human spirit, self discovery, teenage life, teacher, underdog, teachers and students ...
Time: 90s, year 1990
Place: hawaii, israel, usa, australia
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Final Examination (2003)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A burned out L.A. detective moves to Hawaii, where he stumbles upon a murder at a college sorority reunion.
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, slasher, touching ...
Plot: serial killer, revenge, murder, suicide, sex scene, who done it, law enforcement, siblings relations, haunted by the past, resort, crimes, erotica ...
Time: contemporary
Place: hawaii, usa
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Paradise, Hawaiian Style (1966)
Genre: Comedy, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Blacklisted by the major airlines for endlessly chasing female staff, pilot Rick Richards returns to Hawaii to set up a helicopter charter company with his friend Danny. Having a girl on every island is a good way to get business but it becomes ...
Style: psychotronic, semi serious, realistic, stylized, humorous
Audience: date night
Plot: elvis presley, island, helicopter, interracial romance, beach, love and romance, heroes, fugitives, romance, rescue, partners, odd couple ...
Time: 60s
Place: hawaii, usa, honolulu hawaii
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Running for Grace (2018)
Genre: Family, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: An orphan boy of mixed race finds family with the newly arrived white village doctor in Hawaii. The boy can run like the wind, and begins bringing Doc's medicine to coffee pickers throughout the mountainous region. On an errand, the medicine ...
Style: sincere, captivating, touching, sentimental, romantic ...
Plot: forbidden love, love, racism, medicine, jungle, prejudice, race against time, coming of age, forest, love and romance, family relations, friendship ...
Time: 1920s
Place: hawaii
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Hawaii Five-O (1968)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Hawaii Five-O is an American police procedural drama series produced by CBS Productions and Leonard Freeman. Set in Hawaii, the show originally aired for 12 seasons from 1968 to 1980, and continues in reruns. Jack Lord portrayed Detective Lieutenant ...
Style: captivating, tense, stylized, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crimes, police, police detective, law enforcement, multiple suspects, partners against crime, fighting crime, irish, workplace, investigation, police officer, police protagonist ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: hawaii, usa
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Johnny Kapahala: Back on Board (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Johnny Kapahala, a teen snowboarding champion from Vermont, returns to Oahu, Hawaii, for the wedding of his hero -- his grandfather, local surf legend Johnny Tsunami -- and to catch a few famous Kauai waves. When Johnny arrives, he meets his new ...
Style: humorous, captivating, inspirational, entertaining, feel good ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night
Plot: surfing, youth, contests and competitions, disney, rivalry, family business, family relations, friends, store, ambition, teenager, sport ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: hawaii, usa
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Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding (2003)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Mitch Buchannon (David Hasselhoff) was believed to have died in a boating accident at the end of the 10th season of Baywatch. However, it turns out he only had amnesia and has been recovering in a Los Angeles hospital. His new fiancée, Allison Ford ...
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, exciting
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: wedding, beach, couples, rescue, couple relations, vengeance, woman, love, adventure, rivalry, revenge plot, disney ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: hawaii, usa
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