Hollywood productions return to Hawaii, provide boost to local economy


HONOLULU (KHON2) — The entertainment industry is back and with its return and a new demand for streaming services, there is a big boom.

Hawaii is seeing the benefits first hand.

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“It’s safe to say, there’s an unprecedented level of production at various stages of production happening statewide,” said Donne Dawson, the Hawaii State Film Commissioner.

Huge Hollywood projects are returning by using paradise as their backdrop.

“So Doogie Kamealoha MD, which is Disney plus and there’s a Sony Television production ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ and Maui has two productions going on right now,” Dawson said.

Film sets are bringing in revenue to vacant venues. Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi recently toured the Sony Studios set at the Blaisdell…

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