Night of the Howling Dogs

On the Big Island of Hawaii, Dylan’s Boy Scout troop goes camping in a remote spot below the volcano. That night an earthquake rocks the camp, and then a wave rushes in, sweeping everyone and everything before it. The next hours are an amazing story of survival and the true meaning of leadership.


On the Big Island of Hawaii, Dylan’s Scout troop hikes down into the desolation of an ancient lava flow to camp on a small beach below the volcano. It’s beautiful. Peaceful. But there’s a problem: Louie Domingo. He and Dylan share a secret history, and it lies like a shark beneath the surface of everything they do. … until the world comes apart. Foreshadowed by two mysterious howling dogs, a disaster of unearthly proportions strikes. No one is spared its horror. But over the next hours Dylan learns the true meaning of leadership and the will to survive. Based on actual events.


  • Author: Graham Salisbury
  • Screenwriter: Cam Eason


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