Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Kauai Stars in "Descendants"


George Clooney? Hard to miss with this guy in your movie. But director Alexander Payne also showed smarts by picking a great novel in the Descendants and then adding the "co-stars" of glamour-puss Kauai and the slack key guitar music of Gabby Pahanui, and others. The result is a movie on the way to greatness. Hanalei Bay is a featured locale in the film, along with Princeville and the Kipu Ranch on the other side of the island. Scenes were also shot on Oahu.

Kauai has a resume that includes dozens of movies. "South Pacific," a 1950s award-winner, though not the first shot here, is credited with boosting tourism significantly. Other movies include Outbreak, King Kong, Jurassic Park, Six Days Seven Nights, Blue Hawaii (Elvis!), Tropic Thunder, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Body Heat, Dragonfly, Soul Surfer, and tv's Fantasy Island and Gilligan's Island. It's a long list. A tour company offers day trips. Or, take a look at page 222 of Kauai Trailblazer, which lists movie locales and the films that were shot there. Directions are included, so you can do your own tour. Also available on Amazon Kindle and Barnes and Noble Nook.