7Avatar/Location: Keahua Arboretum, Hawaii
Not every frame of James Cameron’s 2009 sci-fi juggernaut, Avatar, was computer generated and enhanced with cutting-edge stereoscopic 3D technology. The giant, dreadlocked, blue-skinned Na’vi live on a serene rainforest world called Pandora, and in order to capture the planet’s lush natural beauty, Cameron
shot the live action sequences of Avatar in the Keahua Arboretum in Hawaii. The area is known for its unique and abundant flora and fauna, including monkeypod, mango and eucalyptus trees, as well as numerous streams and freshwater pools. The Kuilau Ridge Trail and Powerline Trail are peaceful hiking destinations, and the Arboretum has a breathtaking view of neighboring Mount Waialeale.