Friday, December 18, 2015

Growing Pains (1985-1992)

Another family sitcom of the 80's that wasn't exactly Emmy-worthy, but still highly entertaining.  Switching gears with the man of the house now working within the house, Growing Pains was an updated Father Knows Best, dealing with heavier issues than the Andersens could've ever imagined.  As with several family comedies, things got stale midway through its run, a new baby came long and not long after, a future movie megastar.  I still can't believe they got away with naming a character Boner.

Location: The Seaver House
Address: Warner Brothers Studios Backlot, Burbank, CA



This was also Mrs. Deagle's House from Gremlins (1984)

Season 3, Episode 1 "Aloha, Part 1" &
Season 3, Episode 2 "Aloha, Part 2"

Location: The Maui Airport
Address: 4050 Honoapiilani Highway, Lahaina, HI  Kapalua Airport

Location: The Maui Hotel
Address: 5400 Makena Alanui, Wailea-Makena, HI

Originally known as the Maui Prince Hotel and up until July 1, 2016 the Makena Beach & Golf Resort.  The resort closed after 30 years in operation a mere two weeks before I arrived on Maui.  Luckily most of the shots were exteriors so I was still able to see where The Seavers Hawaiian escapades took place.

It was kinda creepy to see it so deserted...

Bobby pushes Hadley into the pool...

I couldn't tell if it was The Seavers or not...

The luau appears to have taken place at the outskirts of the property just before the beach...

Mike and Melia take a stroll...

Location: Mike & Melia Sightsee
Address: near 835 Front Street, Lahaina, HI

Season 3, Episode 24 "How The West Was Won" Part 1

Location: Coach Lubbock's Apartment Building
Address: Warner Ranch, Burbank, CA

I recognized the building next to Coach Lubbock's Apartment Building that he parks in front of as Jane's Building from The Naked Gun 2 1/2 (1991).  You catch a glimpse of the circular balcony in the upper right hand corder and the two windows.  It looks like they added a section to the building since then.   The Warner Ranch is not open to the public unfortunately but you can see it from the entrance on Hollywood Way...

Locations Visited: August 2003, July 2016, October 2016, July 2018


  1. Aloha, Really nice work. But the boat scene is incorrect, the land in the background on Growing Pains is actually the southern tip of the island of Lana'i, as seen from Lahaina:

    The scene was filmed off the Lahaina Coast. The comparison picture you have is not the right locale, the landmass is quite jagged.

    1. Thanks. Yeah, that shot wasn't really meant to be a comparison one. I really took it cause the boat was out there. I didn't notice til later that there was land in the shot, though it did look different. But thanks for the info. I actually stayed at the Marriott while I was there and went snorkeling off Lana'i. I may have taken a shot from the boat. I'll have to check.

  2. I live on Maui and I went down to Maluaka Beach today and the old Maui Prince Hotel is currently being demolished. The whole side of the southern wing which was used in "Growing Pains Aloha," is being destroyed by the long arm of a huge bulldozer. They have a huge jet of water squirting the side of the building to minimize dust as the arm of the bulldozer reaches up and slowly tears away at the building. It's really sad as a Growing Pains fan as I love that episode so much, and I know a lot of people are really upset about it: longtime Maui residents as well as people who vacationed at the hotel over the years. They are tearing the whole thing down to put expensive condos. Oh well, at least Maluaka Beach is still the same.

    And the estate of Pahonu, where Magnum PI was filmed was also recently demolished. Great losses in 80s primetime TV history...

    1. Aloha! Yeah, it is really sad to see another location lost. I was bummed I got there just two weeks too late back in '16, but am fortunate to still see the hotel before it was torn down. I read it was happening some time this year so I didn't bother going back down to see it again this year.