Ever wander around campus, take a wrong turn and suddenly find yourself in…Iraq? Or at a mental hospital?
Thanks to the keen-eyed location scouts of ABC’s hit television series Lost, several University of Hawaiʻi campuses have been transformed into just such foreign places.
For local Lost fans, recognizing Oʻahu locations is part of thrill of watching the show. The slide show above clarifies which locations were part of which facilities, based on the clues below.
Having Windward Community College play the Santa Rosa Mental Institute was not so much of a stretch. The buildings actually were the state hospital before becoming part of the campus, which is known for its beautiful location at the base of the Koʻolau Mountains.
The John A. Burns School of Medicine is the most culturally and ethnically diverse medical school in the world. Built in 2005 in waterfront Kakaʻako, the Mānoa school’s new facilities house cutting-edge laboratories—one of which was used in Lost—in an energy efficient and environmentally friendly building; the building’s exterior is featured in the same episode.
Coconut Island is an offshore facility with a passing resemblance to the island on Lost: there is lots of (non-creepy) scientific work going on there, and in this picture—captured during a lull in filming, as is the case often on Lost—we’re not exactly sure what is going on…yet.
UPDATE: In an episode that aired April 20, 2010, we find out that the boat belongs to the sinister millionaire Charles Widmore.
Celebrating its 90th anniversary, the Honolulu Community College campus offers courses from aeronautics maintenance to welding. The Pacific Aerospace Training Center run out of Hanger 111 at Kalaeloa Airport was the site of a pivotal scene in the series. A now-demolished apartment building on the periphery of Honolulu CC’s Dillingham campus was transformed to resemble war-torn Iraq.
Photographs provided by ABC/Mario Perez, LorMona L. Meredith, Kathy Nishimura, Dien Truong and Ryan Ozawa (The Transmission podcast).