The Descendants – Kauai Movie Locations

The Descendants

Hanalei Bay as seen from Kauai Helicopter Tours
A few years ago I was an extra in the movie Leatherheads which was directed by and starred George Clooney.  He was extremely nice to the extras and just as charming on set as he is on the big screen. When I heard George Clooney was filming a movie in Hawaii, The Descendants, I couldn’t wait to see the film that included my favorite actor and my favorite state!  Many of the scenes in The Descendants were filmed in and around Hanalei Bay on Kauai’s North Shore.
Hanalei Bay is a stunning beach that has striking mountains as its backdrop. This beautiful Kauai beach was used for several scenes in the George Clooney film, The Descendants.

Two cottages on this beach were used in filming. They can be rented from Hanalei Land Company for about $5,000 a week.

The Kauikeolani Estate in Hanalei belongs to the family of Kaui Hart Hemming, the author of The Descendants. It served as base camp during filming and can be rented for $15,000 a week.

The cast and crew of the Descendants stayed at the St. Regis Princeville. Several scenes were filmed at this newly renovated, elegant hotel.

The Tahiti Nui played itself in the movie.  This restaurant and lounge is a great spot to stop to have a drink, food (the pizza is delicious) and relax as you enjoy the live music.

Kipu Ranch, a 3,000 acre private cattle ranch that extends from the Huleia River to the top of Mt. Haupu, was used for the memorable scene in The Descendants where the King family looks over their gorgeous land.  Hawaii Discount offers a variety of Kauai Activities on Kipu Ranch.  Check out Kauai ATV tours with Kipu Ranch Adventures.  Outfitters Kauai offers an exhilarating Kauai Zipline Safari Tour where you will kayak, zipline, swim, hike, hayride across Kipu Ranch and end the adventure with a unique motorized canoe ride back to the starting point.  If you just want to zipline check out the Nui Loa Outfitters Kauai Zipline Trek that will have you soaring over the beauty of Kipu Ranch.

Kipu Ranch as seen in The Descendants.  (Photo from Fodors)

If you want to experience the beauty of the blockbuster film The Descendants be sure to explore the North Shore of Kauai!

Have you seen The Descendants?  What did you think of the movie?

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12 Responses to The Descendants – Kauai Movie Locations

  1. mmoore says:

    We saw the movie and I felt like I was in Kauai……beautiful scenes!!

  2. mmoore says:

    We saw the movie…..made me feel like I was in Kauai when viewing the beautiful scenes!!

  3. Leanne says:

    Comes out in Australia on Thursday – can't wait to see the places that we visited last year, loved Kauai so much and are thinking we should do it again this year!

  4. Hawaii Discount says:

    mmoore – I agree! I felt like Kauai was its own character!

  5. Hawaii Discount says:

    Leanne – you will enjoy seeing the beauty of Hawaii on the big screen! I think that Kauai is a great place for an annual trip! One of the most beautiful places in the world!

  6. Anonymous says:

    This is a very carefully managed blog. It makes me want to sign up for the RSS feed 🙂

  7. Charmed says:

    I rented all three of those cottages last February for my wedding party! Beautiful!

  8. Hawaii Discount says:

    Charmed – that was a great idea for your wedding party! Perfect location!

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