Where is Magnum PI filmed? The Robin's Nest House: Filming Locations Guide

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The reboot of the 1980s television show Magnum, P.I. comes packed with big action, a new awesome house, drama sprinkled with humor, and a badass detective trashing Ferraris when the occasion calls for it.

The Magnum series was filmed in Oahu, Hawaii. This is a great opportunity to check out some fabulous filming locations on this amazing island.

Jay Hernandez as Magnum PI in Hawaii

A mustacheless Jay Hernandez (El Diablo from Suicide Squad) portrays legendary Thomas Sullivan Magnum IV, who is on this occasion an Afghanistan veteran, turned private investigator.

Perdita Weeks plays Juliet Higgins, a former MI-6 agent bringing sexual tension into the household. Zachary Knighton (Rick), Stephen Hill (TC), Tim Kang (Katsumoto), and Amy Hill (Kumu) complete the core cast.

In addition to a possible Tom Selleck cameo, the series shares a fictional universe with Hawaii Five-O and MacGyver, so we can expect to see a few new crossovers between them.

The new location of Magnum's house: Robin's Nest

Magnum original house Tom Selleck and John Hillerman
So where is Magnum PI's house? The original iconic estate owned by millionaire novelist Robin Masters, known as Robin's Nest, was demolished in April 2018.

In real life, this beachfront estate of the '80s mustached hero was standing at 41-505 Kalanianaole Highway, Waimanalo.
(You can open all the locations on Google Maps by clicking on the links below in the captions ↴)
Image courtesy of CBS - Old Robin's Masters Estate Map


Magnum filming location
Let’s start with the exterior of the new property, managed by Juliet Higgins. It's partially inspired by an oceanfront estate at 49-3 Kamehameha Hwy in Kaneohe (pictured on the bottom).

This is where the Doberman yard chase from the pilot was filmed, featuring the lovely dogs Apollo and Zeus. Compare the mountain range in the background of the top house with the middle pic, taken on Kualoa Ranch: the hills were digitally photoshopped into the image.

There is no mansion like this on the grounds of Kualoa Ranch; as you can see, the house doesn't exist, it was completely generated by CGI.
Images courtesy of CBS and Anthony Goto - Map


Robin's Nest house
The aerial establishing shot of Robin's Estate, which appears in almost every episode, is situating the fictional house at Kualoa Regional Park.
Image courtesy of CBS - Map


Magnum PI House
The Magnum house is actually an amalgam of several locations. Most of the interior and the drive with the massive tree are from the luxurious Banyan House in Hawaii.

The living room and some waterfront interior shots are filmed in this seven-bedroom, 14,000 square feet property, situated just minutes from downtown Honolulu at 4369 Royal Pl. Others are sets built on a soundstage. The series is hosted at Kalaeloa Studio in Kapolei.
Image courtesy of CBS - Banyan House Map


Magnum drehorteThanks to Reel News Hawaii, we've discovered many more details about the Robin's Nest; in episode 4 season one, Magnum rolls up with a kayak at Lanikuhonua Cultural Institute.

The beautiful covered shed by the seaside is also found here. In the first season, the kayak beach, some interior shots, and the exterior gate entrance are from a house at 50 Kaikea Pl, Kailua.

Also, the same gate was built in a set at Ho’omaluhia Botanical Gardens in Kaneohe.

Season 1 Filming Locations

Mokolii islet and Kualoa Mountains
The producers did not miss the opportunity to show off the alluring landscapes of Hawaii. Every episode shows amazing aerial shots of the island.

In episode one, Magnum is kayaking in Kāneʻohe Bay, near Mokolii islet (Chinaman's Hat), with Kualoa Mountain Range in the background. The opening credits sequence also features this scenery.
Image courtesy of Anthony Quintano - Map

I Saw the Sun Rise parachute scene
Magnum P.I also shot several scenes in Kualoa Ranch, an unmissable location for any production filming in Oahu.

Series like Lost, the Jurassic Park movies, and the locations of the new Jumanji movie were all filmed here. You might notice that the very first scene from S01E01 in North Korea features a Hawaiian Longhorn Bull.


Aerial view of Honolulu
A lot of the action takes place in Honolulu and its surroundings.  In episode one, the house of Magnum's friend (where the Ferrari 488 Spider gets a good share of bullets) is located at Poipu Pl in Honolulu.

Magnum finds the ambulance under a bridge in Keeaumoku St with Lunalilo Fwy. The Korean food stall of the same episode was shot at Waikiki Beach.
Image courtesy of Edmund Garman - Maps: Poipu Pl - Keeaumoku St / Map 2


TC Helicopter Magnum series
TC's chopper takes off from the real Magnum Helicopters Helipad at 130 Iolana Place in Honolulu.

The company owns the Hughes 500 model from the original TV series, which is the same used for the new show and also for taking tourists on a tour of the island.
Image courtesy of CBS - Map


Ferrari 488 Spider The Woman Who Never Died
In the second episode, Magnum and Rick visit Steve and Danno's restaurant from Hawaii 5-0 in Manoa Valley. Also in the same episode, Magnum and Higgins have a romantic evening at the Nobu restaurant in Ward Village.

In episode 3, the elementary school and the library featuring an apparently life-size model of a sperm whale are the Bishop Museum of Honolulu (pictured).
Image courtesy of CBS - Maps: Bishop Museum / Nobu Restaurant


Six Paintings One Frame buildings
In episode 4, the skyscraper with external elevators is the First Hawaiian Bank main branch in downtown Honolulu.

There is also a short scene filmed at Ko Olina Lagoon 4 (lower pic).
Images courtesy of CBS - Maps: Bank - Beach


Kakaako Honolulu and Old Police Station
The graffiti street art was filmed on Cooke St, in the heart of Kakaako, one of the coolest neighborhoods of Honolulu. Google Maps is not up-to-date, so you can't see it on Street View, but more pics and a map of the murals put together by the POW! WOW! collective can be found here.

Episode 4 was also filmed in the Old Police Station Building at 842 Bethel St.
Images courtesy of CBS - Map 1 - Map 2


Death is Only Temporary chapter beach
In episode 6, Magnum's friends go surfing at the beach in Maili Point, with the hill of Puʻu O Hulu in the background.

The boar hunter's house was filmed at Heeia Kea Jungle, one of the most frequently used locations to film generic jungle stuff in the island, after Kualoa (the Jurassic movies, Jumanji, Lost, or The Hunger Games filmed scenes here).
Image courtesy of CBS - Maili Map - Heeia Map


Minimart and Oahu airport
Episode 8: The hospital was filmed at Kahuku Medical Center (at the north end of the island). The battlefield and the shootout at the end of the episode were shot at Marconi Wireless Telegraphy Station, also in Kahuku.

The Moku Market where the bad guys are beating up Bobby is the check-in office and store at Malaekahana Beach Campground, Kahuku (top picture).

Some driving scenes were filmed in a small portion of Kaukonahua Road in Central Oahu. Finally, an easy spot to find: Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (lower image).
Images courtesy of CBS - Malaekahana Camping Map - Airport


Bad Day to Be a Hero hotel
In episode 10, Maika Hotel is actually the Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko'Olina. This is the same The Wrong Missy hotel resort featured in the Netflix movie.

The lower scene from the same episode was filmed on Fort Street Mall, between Pioneer Plaza and the American Savings Bank.
Images courtesy of CBS - Four Seasons Map - Fort St Mall Map


Villa La Pietra and Harbor
The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office from episode 13 was filmed in the Italian villa La Pietra in Honolulu. Built in 1922, this magnificent estate hosts a school for girls.

The last action scene of episode 14 was shot in the old Hawaiian Flour Mills off Nimitz Highway, in the heart of Honolulu Harbor.
Images courtesy of CBS - La Pietra Map / Silos Map


 
Oahu Viaducts road
In almost every episode Robin's Ferrari is running up and down the spectacular Interstate H-3 Viaducts.

In episode 15 there is also a key scene that takes place at the entrance of the Imperial Star Destroyer-esque Tetsuo Harano Tunnels.
Image courtesy of CBS and Casey Loagan Bassett / Map


New estate Murder is Never Quiet
The courtroom from episode 16 was filmed in the beautiful downtown United States Postal Service building at Merchant and Richards street.

The gas station where Magnum refills the Ferrari with ten pitiful dollars is Saiki Motors in Waipahu. The fight scene was shot in the Ritz-Carlton Residences in Waikiki.


 
Bridge The Day It All Came Together
The exterior of the police station is at the Oahu Veterans Center at 1298 Kukila St. Katsumoto's house from S01E18 is situated at 2872 Manoa Rd, also in Honolulu.

The bridge in Mong Ton (Myanmar) from episode 20 was shot in Kaiaka Bay on the north of the island, the same location where Netflix' movie Triple Frontier was filmed.
Image courtesy of CBS - Police Station Map / Bridge Map

Season 2 Filming Locations

Season 2 Waikiki Beach and Honolulu
Obviously, the Great Wall of China from episode one was not filmed on location. The whimsical intro was all done using CGI.

Magnum, Higgins, and Rick watch a video on the iconic Waikiki Beach. The tattoo shop is open at 1001 Waimanu St in Kaka'ako, and the bank scene was shot in the junction of King St and Smith St in Honolulu Downtown.
Images courtesy of CBS - Shop Bank


 
La Mariana Sailing Club
La Mariana Restaurant from S02E2 is a real classic tiki bar in Honolulu. This relic of old Hawaii, adorned with traditional decorations, also served as a set for the Hawaii Five-O TV show.
Images courtesy of CBS - Map


Season two Stadium and Turtle Bay hotel
The series is filmed in many iconic Hawaiian locations. Episode S02E04 shows some views of the colorful Aloha Stadium Hawaii in Aiea.

The hotel from S02E07 is the Turtle Bay Resort in Kahuku, in the north of Oahu island.
Images courtesy of CBS - Aloha Stadium Map / Turtle Bay


Eternity beach and Waimea Falls
Episode 16 Farewell to Love features some cool locations. Magnum and Higgins pretend to be a romantic couple making an excursion to Mt Tantalus Lookout at Puu Ualakaa State Park.

The beach where two tourists parody the From Here to Eternity 1953 classic movie kiss with Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr is the Hālona Blowhole. The trip continues to Waimea Valley, the north shore of Oahu (Puu Hele Crest according to the tour guide), and Waimea Falls. Then on to Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach.

The stained glass temple from episode 17 is St. Augustine Church By The Sea in Ohua Ave.
Images courtesy of CBS - Maps: Mt Tantalus viewpoint / Waterfall / Church


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12 comments
  1. As a fan of the current Magnum P.I. tv show, it's refreshing to get the low-down as to where Robin's Nest actually is and the other equally impressive filming locals. Thanks!!

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  2. great shame this wasn't done for original series, and especially since we never got an official walk thru of the original Robin Masters estate before tearing it down or when it was actually used for the show. Damn shame. shoulda been a special feature in the dvd set.

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  3. Thank you for this, great to know where the new Magnum is being filmed as it's a great show. Love watching Higgings as she's gorgeous.

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  4. I visited the original Magnum house and was very sad to see how run down and falling apart it was. Then my next trip back to Hawaii I saw nothing but an empty field. After seeing the first few episodes of the new show, I could not figure out where the new Robin's Nest was. I could not match the background to the island. I have been to Oahu many times and now I understand why I could not find it. Thanks to editing magic. I did see that a lot of the shoots were filmed at the Kualoa Ranch where films have been made for years, as well as the old and new Hawaii 50 and Magnum, P.Is. If anyone makes the trip to Oahu, go take the film location tour offered out at the Kualoa Ranch, I am not trying to bring them business, but they do show a lot of the different movies and TV Shows and locations they filmed there. At least now, on my next trip, I won't have to drive around again looking for the new Robin's Nest. Oh, BTW, my last trip I did see them setting up for a shoot with 2 different ferraris'

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  5. do you know where I get the tank top from season espiode 1

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    1. Nick, not sure if it's commercially available, it could've been brought in by Jay Hernandez or made specially for the Magnum, P.I. production itself. I know this because I wanted an NCIS ball / uniform cap that had the Carhartt label/emblem on them, like the actors wore a few years ago. I contacted Carhartt directly with a photo of the character's wearing the cap, & was told "these are specially made for the production & not available for sale at this time." The CBS store as of April 2020, doesn't have a page for Magnum P.I. merchandise yet either see, https://www.cbsstore.com/pages/shop-by-show

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  6. I don’t where this house is (but maybe some will recognize it), but CBS posted some Magnum PI zoom backgrounds to their twitter page and the first one appears to be where they got the lawn elements to combine with the Kualoa Regional Park mountains to create the GCI of Robin’s Nest. Still no idea where the actual exterior of the house came from, possibly an artist GCI rendering?

    https://twitter.com/MagnumPICBS/status/1244629548399882241?s=20

    Also, I believe they have shot several interior Robin Nest Scenes including ones of Magnum’s bedroom at Banyan House (https://www.banyanhousehawaii.com/honolulu-hawaii-luxury-rental-homes/banyan-house-hawaii/photos/)

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    1. Thanks, definitely the Banyan House is a key location in the series!

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  7. Hmmm, without Tom Selleck this just doesn't feel like Magnum to me.

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  8. I know the difference with the old series, anyway all my thanks and compliments for all these infos!
    (Mauro Martini Raccasi)

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  9. I seriously think this is the best show on TV hands-down!!!! If it’s ever removed I will cry my eyes out!!!! It has wet charm humour excitement all wrapped up into one!! And magnum and Higgins are dynamite together !!! I really hope they become a couple soon!!! And the rest of the cast is also dynamite!!!! I love it better than Hawaii Five-0 and that’s saying something!!! Please please don’t ever cancel the show!!!! I love you all 😘😘😘😘😘😘❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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  10. Sad they tore it down and sadder yet CBS tries to make $ while spitting on the original show with the garbage "Reboot." Saddest of all, a friend of "NObama" owns the property now. Oh well, at least I have the Original (And ONLY) series that matters. Tom Selleck will ALWAYS be "Magnum."

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