As you may have heard, the is park open! Jurassic World, the long-awaited fourth movie in the groundbreaking Jurassic Park film series, roared its way into U.S. theaters June 12. Did you see it?
The movie stars Chris Pratt, Steven Spielberg returns as executive producer, and Colin Trevorrow is the director of this action-adventure film, based on characters created by the brilliant mind of Michael Crichton.
If you have not seen the movie, and are craving a sneak-peek about it, the bite-sized bit is that Jurassic World is set twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, which is now a fully-functioning dinosaur theme park, but after 10 years of operation, a new attraction is created to peak visitor’s interest, and of course, it backfires horribly.
The epic series started with the 1993 Steven Spielberg classic, Jurassic Park, and the franchise has become one of the biggest in Hollywood. The film has spawned merchandising, video games and, ironically, theme park rides. But at least you don’t have to worry about live dinosaurs at theme parks… or do you?
Well, at least not right now you don’t. Genetically engineering a dinosaur might seem like a crazy, and perhaps fun, or dangerous idea. You might remember that in the original film Jurassic Park, they cloned dinosaurs using DNA they found in a chunk of amber. But did you know that there might be a possibility – in real life – to clone a dinosaur? Scientists have discovered red blood, and skin cells from dinosaurs more than 75 million years old. Some excited people happily say, “Clone it!”, others fear what this could inspire. We don’t know about you, but we feel a little of both.
Nonetheless, we could not wait to see the movie. Yet to stomp out that uneasiness, we suggest getting out and having your own adventures. Here is a trivia nugget, Jurassic World was filmed primarily on Kaua‘i and O‘ahu. But we would like to share some spectacular, Jurassic World-style sights right here on the Big Island that will certainly feed your wild imagination.
Waipi‘o and Waimanu Valleys
With most of the Big Island’s valleys completely inaccessible, the lush, emerald valleys of Waipi‘o and Waimanu, curve along the Hamakua coast. For the adventurous folk, there is a breathtaking trail that zig-zags along the valleys and cliffs, and takes you through Waipi‘o Valley and into Waimanu Valley, and it is considered a difficult hike. For the more casual experience, you can also view the foamy, bucking surf; patchwork fields of taro plants, and lace-like waterfalls dropping off the sides of cliffs from the Waipi‘o Valley Lookout.
In the shadow of the rugged, older Kohala Mountains lies Pololū Valley, and is the Northernmost of the majestic valleys. This amphitheatre-shaped valley is pristine and calm. You can get spectacular views from the lookout above the valley. But don’t settle for the view from the lookout, take the time to explore! The dirt and root trail can be steep in places, but it offers awe-inspiring vistas of Pololū’s green, steep and sloping cliffs dropping into the ocean below.
If wandering in the woods is not your calling, then we have the perfect source for water world-type people. Check out our June newsletter where it’s “Back to the Beach on the Big Island!”
Here at MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty, we are excited to crush the weekend with some adventure in and out of the theater!