[Story and Morgan photo by Mike Foley, originally published online in the BYU-Hawaii Newsroom, November 13, 2003]
The descendants of the first doctor to move to the Sandwich Islands still own the family ranch at Kualoa and have significantly diversified its resources over the past 15 years to preserve the unique heritage and scenic beauty of the property.
Millions of tourists are familiar with the breathtaking backdrop of the “long ridge” or kualoa of the Koolau Mountains on the property and the uniquely shaped offshore islet popularly called Chinaman’s Hat. Many more millions around the world have seen the far reaches and vistas of the ranch in movies such as Jurassic Park, Godzilla and more recently, Wind Talkers.
“Kaaawa Valley is one of the most filmed places in Hawaii,” admitted John Morgan, president of Kualoa Ranch, which he described as a “magical place. It has a great history and legacy to it.”