‘Godzilla’ the movie takes over Waikiki

Godzilla set

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Visitors to Waikiki had more to marvel at than just sun and surf.

Scattered across the beach was what looked like a disaster.

There was crushed concrete, bent steel, and a helicopter tossed into the mix as men and women wandered bloodied, bandaged and dazed, but nothing really bad happened.

It was all part of Hollywood in action.

“The headline is going to be Godzilla invades Waikiki,” Godzilla publicity coordinator Ernie Malik said.

The major motion picture is filming in the islands.

The films shot in Hawaii takes place mid-way through the film.

“And without giving too much away we’ve set up a federal emergency management triage center because something the night before has destroyed part of Waikiki beach,” Malik said.

It took two days to build this set for what’s being called a huge film by Hollywood standards.

The set is a half-acre in size and if you’ve never seen a movie come to life before this is as big as it gets.

There are almost 500 people on set including 250 local extras including real Honolulu fire firefighters, paramedics, and Hawaii Army National Guard members.

But no sign of the film’s main attraction — Godzilla.

“Let’s put it this way it will not be a man in a suit like the original film,” Malik said.

All in all, it’s one of the biggest productions to hit the sands of Waikiki.

“And spending I hope tens of millions of dollars, but more importantly everyone who watches this movie is going to see Hawaii, its beautiful backdrops, and Diamond Head,” Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said.

“I wasn’t expecting that when we traveled up from Australia,” visitor from Australia Frank Brancatisano said.

“It’s great to see the background and how it all comes together, it’s great to be here at the moment it’s getting done, fantastic,”  visitor from Australia Josephine Brancatisano said.

The film’s release date is May 2014.

This was the productions eighth day of filming on Oahu. They will wrap up in Waikiki this Friday.

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