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Fort Ruger

O'ahu's iconic Diamondhead Crater contains a series of former military bunkers dating back before the second world war. Although there is a popular and crowded tourist trail through one set of interior bunkers to a lookout, the actual bunkers filmed for Lost, the Battery Harlow Complex, are located along the exterior perimeter of the crater and are not accessible to the public, therefore we have chosen not to identify the exact location.

THE BATTERY HARLOW COMPLEX IS GOVERNMENT PROPERTY OPERATED BY THE DEP'T OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AND IS OFF-LIMITS TO THE PUBLIC. THERE IS SECURITY AND YOU MAY BE PROSECUTED FOR TRESPASSING. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO ENTER THIS SITE!

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THE EXTERIOR SIDE BATTERY HARLOW COMPLEX IS GOVERNMENT PROPERTY OPERATED BY THE DEP'T OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AND IS OFF-LIMITS TO THE PUBLIC. THERE IS SECURITY AND YOU MAY BE PROSECUTED FOR TRESPASSING. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO ENTER THIS SITE!


Directions to public interior trail:
These are instructions for entering the public Diamond Crater park and public trail. Exit Waikiki by travelling toward Diamondhead (east) on Kalakaua Ave. As you cross Kapahulu Ave., continue straight, then take the left fork, which is Monsarrat Ave. Continue straight as it turns into Diamond Head Road. The access road for Diamondhead will be on your right between Makapu'u Ave. and 18th Ave., just across from Kapiolani Community College. Also immediately on 18th Ave. is the Hawaii Film Studio, the home of the production offices and new soundstages for Lost.

Interesting Facts: Diamond Head, which was named such because English sailers in the 1800s mistook calcite crystals in the lava rock for diamonds, has four different names. Ancient Hawaiians called it Leahi which means "brow of the tuna" because the shape resembled that. Although many Hawaiians today refer to it as Kaimana Hila, which literally means Diamond Hill, both words are borrowed from English. Finally, Fort Ruger was established in 1909 in the crater and named for Civil War General Thomas H. Ruger. The fort was used in harbor defense, which was a priority after the US annexation of Hawai'i in 1898. Most of the bunkers that now lie in the crater were built between 1910 and 1916. Few are still used today as offices for Hawai'i Guardsmen and other government employees.

Links:
Hawaiiweb.com's Diamondhead page
American Forts (West)
Honolulu Advertiser 2002 article

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A view of Diamondhead Crater from Monsarrat Ave. travelling east on Paki Ave. (near
Hale Hana Apartments) just outside of Waikiki. Turn left (mountainside) on Monsarrat, and continue straight as it turns into Diamond Head Road. The access road for Diamondhead will be on your right between Makapu'u Ave. and 18th Ave., just across from Kapiolani Community College. Also immediately on 18th Ave. is the Hawaii Film Studio, the home of the production offices and new soundstages for Lost.

The access tunnel bored through the crater to the publicly-accessible area that leads to the visitor center and hike trailhead.

The filming locations for Lost are NOT found along this public hike.

A bunker stairway along the public bunker hike to the popular lookout at the top of the crater rim.

A view of another bunker along the crater's rim, as seen from the publicly-accessible bunker's lookout point.

The outside of the bunker above.

The Noela St. Residence, a Lost filming location, is partially visible when looking down from the Diamondhead Crater lookout. The property is totally obscured by the crater rim except at the far left (makai) end of the lookout platform.
 
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The same stairway was filmed in Solitary, above.

Digital compositing was used extensively in the backgrounds of some of these scenes.

Quicktime VR of the Diamondhead vantage point of the bunker area

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