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La'ie Point

This spot on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawai'i appeared in the movie Forgetting Sarah Marshall and has a Hawaiian Legend.

Photo by neanderthalis

Hawai’i has been the setting for many movies and television shows and even more so in the last decade. I am sure many of you can think of at least a few TV programs or movies you may have seen. We who live in the islands often like seeing our state on the big screen too. Sometimes I am even surprised by the locations used as sets, because I may not have had the time or notion that these places exist. The hustle of daily life keeps us from knowing everything about our own states or neighborhoods.

One such place for me is in La’ie (pronounced La-ee-A). Living in Hawai’i for over two decades, I never knew about La’ie Point ’til I watched the movie Forgetting Sarah Marshall. The actors Jason Segel and Mila Kunis took a leap off of this peninsula into the ocean below with some jokes and romance added.

While in La’ie last weekend, I decided it was time to see it for myself.

This is more how it was portrayed in the movie.

Photo by neanderthalis

Here is some of the rest of the area you may not see in that film.

There is a Hawai’ian legend about this point told on the plaque here.

Photo by neanderthalis

Laniloa, The Mo’o
This point of land that extends out into the ocean is called Laniloa. According to legend, this peninsula was originally a “Mo’o” or giant lizard. Standing upright ready to kill any intruder.

After Kana (a legendary warrior) and his brother rescued their mother from Moloka’i and took her back to Hawaii, Kana set out on a journey to kill all the Mo’o in the islands. In time, he arrived in La’ie where the Mo’o had been killing many people. Kana easily defeated the Mo’o taking its head. He chopped it into five pieces and flung them into the ocean. The pieces of the lizard’s head can still be seen today as five small islands lying off-shore their original names were Kihewamoku, Moluaaniwa, Pulemoku, Malualai and Keauakaluapa’a’a.

Source: “Hawaiian Legends” by William Rice, Bishop Museum Bulletin, Honolulu, HI 1923.

This series was taken with my LC-A+ with Fujicolor 100 film.

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