Upcoming Events


Monday, October 6 – “The Hawaii Movie and Television Book”


Luis I. Reyes and Ed Rampell, co-authors of The Hawaii Movie and Television Book, (Mutual Pub., Honolulu 2014) will give a lively, informative and entertaining audio-visual lecture presentation on the exotic Hawaii Movie locations and how to access them while on vacation in Hawaii.


From Here to Eternity, South Pacific, Bird Of Paradise, Blue Hawaii, Jurassic Park, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Pearl Harbor, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Fifty First Dates and The Descendants are just a few of the films spotlighted. For the TV fans, such programs as Hawaii Five-0 and its current reboot, Magnum PI, Lost, and the Mini-Series The Thorn Birds are included.


Every major Hollywood star from Frank Sinatra and Elvis to George Clooney and Johnny Depp has worked in Hawaii. Some of the most beautiful women to have ever graced the screen have been photographed against the magnificent island scenery including Dolores Del Rio, Rita Hayworth, Jane Russell, Deborah Kerr, Drew Barrymore, Halle Berry and Jennifer Lawrence. Visiting famous movie location sites has become a new trend in destination travel.


Luis I. Reyes is a nationally recognized Film Historian and Ed Rampell is a noted journalist who has travelled extensively throughout the Pacific and South East Asia, and whose travel articles have appeared in many major publications.


Copies of The Hawaii Movie and Television Book will be available for purchase at Distant Lands and the authors will sign upon request.


Wednesday, October 15 — “Lost, Kidnapped, Eaten Alive”

Join us October 15th for a presentation by award-winning travel writer and photographer, Laurie McAndish King. She will be discussing her new collection of travel essays, “Lost, Kidnapped, Eaten Alive,” reading from select stories and showing companion slides of these far-flung destinations—from Bali to Paris and Puglia to Madagascar. Humorous, poignant and vivid, don’t miss this entertaining evening!


King’s essays have aired on public radio and been published in Lonely Planet, Travelers’ Tales, Bay Area Travel Writers, and Wanderland Writers literary anthologies. Her story “Silk from Ashes”—about one determined woman, her bra, and 11,640 insect eggs—won a Lowell Thomas gold award for cultural tourism.


Wednesday, October 22 – Northern Caucasus

Travel with Bill Altaffer, “The World’s Most Traveled Person,” for a look at the fascinating and little-known region of the North Caucasus. From the Black Sea to the Caspian Sea, traverse the rugged terrain and gain a glimpse of the variety of people and cultures that call this region home.

River Cruise

Monday, October 27 — River Cruising in Europe

River cruises are soaring in popularity, and no wonder — they boast the “unpack once” ease of traditional ocean cruising, but offer larger staterooms and a more thorough and intimate experience of the places they visit. Join Susan Hickman, of Distant Lands Travel, for a look at the most popular river cruise routes and the variety of  experiences available in 2015.