THE DESCENDANTS THE DESCENDANTS , a 2011 fi lm starring GEORGE CLOONEY and SHAILENE WOODLEY , was fi lmed on-location in Hawai‘i (O‘ahu and Kaua‘i) and features many cherished sites. The movie is based on a novel of the same name written by Kaui Hart Hemmings, a Hawai‘i resident. While exploring Kaua‘i, you, too, can walk in the fi lm characters’ footsteps by visiting locations seen in the Oscar-nominated fl ick. 47 FO O D, F U N &
King family stands on a hilltop, admiring their family’s breathtaking inheritance below. This picturesque property is, in reality, KĪPŪ KAI RANCH : a 3,000-acre private cattle ranch on the South Shore owned by the Rice family (missionary descendants). Hollywood has used this property for many years—from RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK to THE LOST WORLD ( JURASSIC PARK sequel). You can take an ATV tour of the living movie set with KĪPŪ RANCH ADVENTURES . Visit kiputours.com. Featured on fi lm for a lunchtime scene, TAHITI NUI RESTAURANT & TIKI BAR is a good place to stop for a nightcap and nice meal. A charming local hangout, opened in 1963, here you’ll fi nd nightly music, good food and mai tais among other mixers. Visit thenui.com.
Make like Matt King (Clooney’s character) and jog on the beach in PRINCEVILLE. The cast and crew retreated to this luxurious, 9,000-acre oasis after long days on set. Find more at princevilleresorthawaii.com.
The open-air LĪHU‘E AIRPORT was also featured in the fi lm (when the Kings arrive on Kaua‘i and bump into one of their cousins). As Kaua‘i’s only major airport, it also appeared in HONEYMOON IN VEGAS and SIX DAYS, SEVEN NIGHTS . KI¯PU¯ RANCH 808-246-9288 TAHITI NUI 808-826-6277