In the 1800s the Judd family purchased the roughly 4000 acres that make up today’s Kualoa Ranch from Kamehameha III and Queen Kalama. It’s still O’ahu’s largest cattle ranch (with 1500 head), but the family’s descendants expanded the business into a slick tourist sight to help support the land.
If you want to see where Hurley built his Lost golf course, Godzilla left his footprints and the Jurassic Park kids hid from dinosaurs, take the movie tour that covers the many films and TV shows shot in the Kaʻaʻawa Valley. Annoying ATV and pleasant horseback rides also mosey along in this busy area. Go a bit more off the beaten trail with the recommended 6WD jungle tour into Hakipuʻu Valley’s steep slopes, which are covered with tropical vegetation. Hakipuʻu is also where most of the ranch’s ancient sites are located; you may have a bit more luck seeing some if you book a private Aliʻi tour ($130, four hours). Other options include hula lessons, a guided Hakipuʻu hike and a fishpond boat and garden tour. Book all tours at least a couple days in advance; they fill up. There’s a cafe on-site.