George Clooney Visits Kauai and Films “The Descendants” Movie on North Shore

The Descendants, the new film from director Alexander Payne, received glowing reviews by critics after its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last month, and Kauai locals are thrilled that one of the most charming people to ever visit Kauai, George Clooney, is seriously being considered for best actor come this award season at the beginning of next year. A lot of the filming was done on the north shore of Kauai and according to co-producer, George Parra, “every location is the real place.”

In the movie, George Clooney plays Matt King, a wealthy land baron living on Oahu, who is forced to reconnect with his family when his wife is involved in a terrible boating accident. 

The Kauai filming of Descendants was done on the magical north shore using Hanalei Bay as a backdrop, where George Clooney’s character spends time at a family home set right upon the mystical Hanalei Bay.

One of the scenes in the movie takes place at the Tahiti Nui, an iconic hotspot here on the north shore. The restaurant patrons in the scenes filmed at the local eatery were local residents of Kauai. Clooney himself was very approachable and often posed for photos. Here is what some local residents had to say:

  • “He really made an effort to notice people and actually went out of his way to be friendly”
  • “George Clooney is just as charming off-screen as he is onscreen”

The move will be released in wide distribution on November 16, 2011.

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