Laie Point
After movies like 'The 40-Year-Old Virgin,' 'Knocked Up' and 'Superbad' catapulted Judd Apatow's stable of actors -- highlighted by Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill and Paul Rudd -- into stardom, Apatow's least known talent, Jason Segel (who at the time was best known as one of Seth Rogen's raunchy friends in 'Knocked Up' and as Marshall on the TV show 'How I Met Your Mother'), had his chance when he took the lead role in the romantic comedy 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall.' Set in the breathtaking island of Oahu in Hawaii, the movie raised Segel's notoriety, introduced the States to Brit comic Russell Brand and highlighted some of the gorgeous landmarks on the island's Windward Coast. Laie Point
After movies like 'The 40-Year-Old Virgin,' 'Knocked Up' and 'Superbad' catapulted Judd Apatow's stable of actors -- highlighted by Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill and Paul Rudd -- into stardom, Apatow's least known talent, Jason Segel (who at the time was best known as one of Seth Rogen's raunchy friends in 'Knocked Up' and as Marshall on the TV show 'How I Met Your Mother'), had his chance when he took the lead role in the romantic comedy 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall.' Set in the breathtaking island of Oahu in Hawaii, the movie raised Segel's notoriety, introduced the States to Brit comic Russell Brand and highlighted some of the gorgeous landmarks on the island's Windward Coast.

Forgetting Sarah MarshallSegel, who also penned the script, stars as musician Peter Bretter who, after being dumped by his TV star girlfriend Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell), decides to clear his head by heading off to a resort in Hawaii. Though it was probably unwise to vacation at one of the most romantic places in the world, things get worse when Pete realizes when he gets to the resort that Sarah is also staying there ... with her new boyfriend (Brand). Pete drowns his sorrows in booze, takes surfing lessons with a wacky instructor (Rudd), befriends the help (Hill plays a waiter) and falls for Rachel (Mila Kunis), a clerk at the hotel.

Location as Character: Pete realizes Rachel also likes him when the two take a walk to Laie Point State Wayside Park at the halfway point of the movie. While enjoying the view, the two get into the pain their exes have caused them, leading Pete to say that leaping off the cliff they're standing on would be less painful than their breakups were. Without notice, Rachel leaps into the Pacific. Pete follows, but not before clinging for dear life on the vines hanging off the cliff. When he finally dives into the water unscathed, he's rewarded with a kiss from Rachel.



Historical Significance: Located in the town of Laie, Laie Point is a rocky peninsula that shoots out into the Pacific and showcases sweeping views of the Windward Coast and the North Shore, as well as five small rock islands surrounding it. The point is also known as a popular spot for fishermen and cliff divers.

According to an ancient Hawaiian legend, Laie Point was originally a Mo'o (giant lizard) that terrorized the locals. After killing many people, warrior Kana defeated the Mo'o by chopping its head off. He then cut the head into five pieces and threw them into the ocean. The pieces of the lizard's head are the rock islands seen offshore.

Fun Fact: At Laie Point you can also see what the locals call "the hole in the rock." Located in the rock island to the far left of the point, a hole can be seen in the middle of the island, which was created after a tsunami hit it in 1946.

For The Thrill Seeker in You:
Laie Point is one of the many cliffs in Hawaii that locals dive off of. When in Hawaii recently, I couldn't pass up the chance to dive off it myself, as you can see here. If you muster up the courage to take the plunge but don't see anyone else doing it, use the movie as a guide, since the landscape hasn't changed much since the movie was shot there. It's on the right side of the point where all of the vines are. If you want a more exact location, look at the multiple Laie Point cliff diving videos posted on YouTube. It's quite a rush.

Directions:
Laie Point is located 33 miles from Honolulu -- take Kamehameha Highway (Hwy 83) into Laie, turn right at Anemoku St. and take another right at Naupaka St. You may recall in the movie Rachel telling Peter that it's a pain in the ass to get to the point. Pete is even seen sweating profusely when they arrive there. Well, that's movie magic. You can drive right up to the point.

Visitor Info: The only pain is that there are no signs directing you to get there, probably to keep out the casual observer because the point is at the end of a residential street. The park is open daily during daylight hours. Oh, and cliff dive at your own risk.

And if you want to see another location from 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall,' drive seven miles further west on Kamehameha Hwy and you'll find the hotel from the film, Turtle Bay Resort, at Kuilima Dr. on your right.

Aloha.
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