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East-side mega-mansion to host MTV reality show

Updated: 
November 22, 2017 - 12:05am

HILO — A Los Angeles production company is in East Hawaii shooting what’s described in permit applications as an “untitled dating show” for MTV.

Much of the shooting is taking place at Water Falling Estate in Ninole, north of Hilo on the Hamakua Coast. That’s the same cliffside concrete crib singer Justin Bieber rented in August 2016 for a two-week party with his peeps.

The production crew, which Big Island Film Commissioner Justin Finestone said is from Beach Party Productions, reportedly will be on the Big Island for two months.

“What they pulled from me is what is called an ‘open and accessible’ permit, which means they can go to almost any of the county beach parks and shoot with a small crew. They said they were shooting B-roll,” Finestone said.

B-roll is an industry term for supplemental stock footage to be edited into the program. In this case, that would likely be scenic shots of the island’s beautiful beaches, used to draw viewers to the show, and which also would be used for promos.

Permits aren’t needed to shoot on private property.

While on the show, contestants will be living in the lap of luxury. The 9.5-acre estate within Waikaumalo-Maulua Homesteads is bordered by two natural streams. It has a 450-seat tennis/basketball stadium, a 250 million-gallon Olympic infinity pool with a high dive and two-story water slide, and a nine-tee pitch-and-putt green with multiple holes that provide various par-3 and par-4 play combinations.

The tri-level mega-mansion itself has five bedrooms — including two identical master bedrooms on the top floor — 10 bathrooms, a four-car garage, game room, media area, wet bar, chef’s kitchen and helipad that can accommodate three choppers.

Elite Pacific Properties rents the property. According to its website, a minimum stay is seven nights and the weekly rental rate during the holiday season is $35,000.

The property sold in December 2015 for $6.8 million, which was described by the selling agent, Kelly Moran of Hilo Brokers, as a record-setting price for East Hawaii. County property tax records list the owner as Scott J. Ferrell of Tustin Ranch, Calif.

Finestone said Wednesday another dating show has just wrapped filming on the Big Island. He said Pilgrim Media Group, which produces fare such as “Wicked Tuna,” “The Ultimate Fighter” and “Street Outlaws,” shot a program called “Love at First Flight,” which airs on the FYI channel, part of the A&E cable group.

“They shot on private property, as well, but they were here for a week. They shot for a day at Punaluu,” Finestone said, referring to the county’s black sand beach in Ka‘u.

In addition, Finestone said, AMC’s “Ride With Norman Reedus,” which features the actor who plays Daryl Dixon on “The Walking Dead,” shot an episode here in February that will air at 7 p.m. Monday, Hawaii time.

“Norman and photographer Patrick Hoelck ride the Big Island of Hawaii, taking in local customs like fishing, ukuleles and exploring volcanoes,” is TV Guide’s description of the episode.

The feature-length film “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” with scenes shot in October 2016 at a waterfall in Papaikou, is set to open Dec. 20. The action-adventure-comedy stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Kevin Hart and Jack Black.

And “Jo, the Medicine Runner,” a drama starring Jim Caviezel, Matt Dillon and Ryan Potter, shot on the Big Island and set in 1920s plantation-era Hawaii, is in post-production according to the International Movie Database website. No release date was listed.

Email John Burnett at jburnett@hawaiitribune-herald.com.

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