I heard that the Jurassic Park helipad was destroyed by a hurricane. Is this true?

  • Well, presuming you're talking about the first film, they take off from the helipad at the end of the movie, so no it wasn't. – Radhil Mar 29 '18 at 12:13
  • I’m just curious about the background to this question. “The helipad was destroyed!” “Nuh uh!” I mean, how did that even come up? – Broklynite Mar 29 '18 at 13:24
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    @Radhil - He means out-of-universe. It was indeed destroyed by a hurricane. – Valorum Mar 29 '18 at 14:46
  • Related: According to Samuel L. Jackson, the same hurricane prevented him from filming his death scene, per this A.V. Club Interview. – raisinghellyer Mar 29 '18 at 15:28
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    If you are referring to Manawaiopuna Falls in Hawaii, then you need to clarify the timeframe of your question. The helipad was constructed just for the movie and was removed soon after. There was a hurricane during filming, but no mention of damage to that set. Currently the land is privately owned and there are helicopter tours of the falls. Even a tour that lands at the foot, like in the movie: islandhelicopters.com/falls.html . The production company restored the falls back to their original condition, so tours land on compacted land, not a concrete helipad. – GeorgeN Mar 30 '18 at 12:32

Yes, there are confirmations from various local guides that the helipad was damaged by Hurricane Iniki shortly after filming completed.

Some of the stone supports can still be seen on the wall that abuts the path and waterfall mouth and some of the (painted) pieces of the pad can found in and near the waterfall plunge pool.

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    Nice pictures, but that is almost definitely a composite shot of the waterfall pool and the helipad. It's highly unlikely that a pool that big would only have that little canal on the left as an outlet. – Quasi_Stomach Mar 29 '18 at 15:52
  • @Quasi_Stomach - It's not a composite; youtu.be/ghKy8FRhs28?t=1m23s. The water outflows to the left of the image through quite a decent size channel – Valorum Mar 29 '18 at 15:54
  • if you look at your two pictures above, you can see in the top picture that there is an immediate drop off (where there should have been a waterfall, but the irrigation intake, the channel to the left in the lower picture, removes all the water). Where's that dropoff in the helipad picture? – Quasi_Stomach Mar 29 '18 at 16:33
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    I'm not saying that the production crew altered the pool or outflow, that was done over a hundred years ago by sugar plantations, I'm saying that at the original outflow of the pool is a wall with a drop off. That drop off is nowhere to be seen in the photo with the helipad. Thus, the helipad either had to have been built on a platform with all those rock added for effect, or the land below the wall had to be filled in temporarily. Neither is really a viable solution, certainly not filling in the land...maybe a very well constructed platform, but I'm pretty sure it was a composite. – Quasi_Stomach Mar 29 '18 at 17:41
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    All right, I'll stop arguing. Just keep in mind that "local guides" are unreliable at best. – Quasi_Stomach Mar 29 '18 at 17:48

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