By David Koeppel
Updated December 13, 2002 at 05:00 AM EST

Hawaii The Aloha State, once known for cop shows like Magnum, P.I., is riding a wave of feature-film fever. Oahu was the backdrop for the summer surf drama Blue Crush; Adam Sandler finds romance there in Punch-Drunk Love; and the just-released Bond thriller Die Another Day includes Maui among its exotic locales. ALSO PACKING A HAWAIIAN PUNCH Bruce Willis’ upcoming Tears of the Sun (March 2003) and Peter Berg’s latest project, starring the Rock. PARADISE FOUND The Hawaii Film Office says that 2002 could approach the record-setting $136 million in film production reaped in 2000. WHY GO TROPICAL? ”Once you shoot there, you don’t want to shoot anywhere else,” says Blue Crush director John Stockwell, who will return to the islands early next year to direct the TV pilot for the police drama The Break. ”I loved the majesty of the locations and the color of the sky.”