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Richard Sullivan,

Hawaii’s Most Knowledgeable

Location Scout:

The creator of Hawaii’s most beautiful and detailed photo guidebooks is best qualified to scout your ideal Hawaiian Island film or television locations.

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Hawaii resident and award-winning Hawaii guide book author Richard Sullivan has traipsed every corner of Maui, Oahu, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai, and The Big Island countless times over the past 25 years —and, as a long-time Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine photographer, most of California as well.


It’s a fact that other location scouts rely heavily on the Sullivan photo guide books for their own “expertise” and research. So, you can either hire someone who needs a guidebook to find your locations for you, or hire the person who actually created the guidebook.


Richard Sullivan has explored multifarious terrain ranging from the old growth koa forests on the flanks of Mauna Loa on the Big Island, to the miles of unpeopled sunny white sand beaches on sparsely-populated Molokai, to idyllic deserted island bays that most Hawaii residents don’t even know about. Richard Sullivan has walked, swum, paddled, climbed and helicoptered his way up, down and around every Hawaiian Island time and again since 1985 in his quest of getting the finest photographic images for his award-winning Driving & Discovering Hawaii guidebook series.


No one is better qualified, more knowledgeable, better connected or visually creative than photographer and videographer Richard Sullivan. The information, photography and videos on this site are merely the tip of the iceberg...so feel free to email with any questions or queries. With a photo library containing thousands of exquisite images, we can email photos of possible location sites within minutes to help get your project planning underway in a flash.




 

65 years ago, Waikiki erupted into spontaneous celebration along Kalakaua Avenue as the news was first announced that WWII was over:

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Fee Structure


Half Day: $600.00

Full 8 Hour Day: $1100.00

Overtime After 8 hours: $200 Per Hour


We do not believe in nickel-and-dime-ing the client.


Scouting the Big Island: A Big Island day rate discount of 20% applies. Big Island discounted day rate includes fuel, per diem, cell phone minutes, lodging, and standard vehicle. If a 4-wheel drive vehicle or truck rental is required it will be an additional billing.


Scouting Interisland  (Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui, Kauai) additionally requires airfare, accommodations and vehicle rental (billed only at our actual discounted rates), there will be no per diem billed to client and no mark-ups on these expenses.


Hawaii excise tax of 4.116% will be added to all invoices.


Full payment is expected within 7 days of submission of invoice.


A 25% deposit on our approved estimate is required.

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“...you can either hire someone who needs my guidebook to find your filming locations for you, or hire the person who actually created the guidebook.”