On Location in Hawaii: The Descendants

November 15, 2011 12:00 am(7 comments) Post a comment

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The title of the film refers to the group of white missionaries who came to Hawaii and gained control of native lands in the 1800s. Matt King (George Clooney), the descendant of a wealthy white banker and a Hawaiian princess, inherited a large track of property on <a href="http://www.fodors.com/world/north-america/usa/hawaii/kauai/">Kauai</a>. "There are many descendant families—probably two or three on each island—that control huge amounts of land," Burke said. In the movie, King is forced to wrestle with his past and make difficult decisions for the future after his wife is badly injured in a boating accident.

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  • mickrussom on Apr 10, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    Added a few more locations. here they are.

    Take a tour of the houses and filming locations in the movie The Descendants adapted from the book by Kaui Hart Hemmings.

    5160 Old Pali Road, Honolulu, HI
    This is the address on the living will for Elizabeth King. This address doesn’t seem to actually exist.

    3849 Old Pali Road, Honolulu, HI 96817
    This is the address for the house Matt King is living in, where the pool is in the front, the cement/concrete pots in front, the flagstaff properties in the back (note the 2 extra mailboxes) and its on the corner of Old Pali Road and Gartley Place. http://g.co/maps/y5pw6

    155 Dowsett Ave, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817
    This is the address for the house Matt runs to, the place where Mark and Kai Mitchell are in the movie.

    4328 Papu Cir, Honolulu, HI 96816
    This doesnt have the turtle on it as it did in the movie. This is the address of Brian Speer where Elizabeth King was caught with Brian Speer by Alexandra King.

    55-202 Kamehameha Hwy Laie, HI 96762
    This the house across the street from Pounder Beach. Its where Mike King told the family he wasn’t signing documents to transfer the estate from the King Family to Don Holitzer. Its owned by a group - Kikila Partners.

    3745 Maunaloa Ave Honolulu, HI
    This is where Lani and Barb Higgins lives and Scottie and Matt go to apologize to Lani.

    4420 Aukai Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816
    This is the house Brian Speer has for sale.

    130 Wailupe Cir, Honolulu, HI 96821
    I strongly suspect based on the views that this is Scott Thorson’s house. The house in front says 130 Hale Aka’ula.

    Kipu Kai Beach
    The Descendants - Kauai Property - Kipu Kai Beach. This is the location of the bay view from the movie. This is the plot of land that the King family and cousins collectively own in trust and have the issue with trust in perpetuity.
    21.9117222222222, -159.389930555556
    21°54’42.20"N, 159°23’23.75"W

    Tahiti Nui
    5-5134 Kuhio Hwy Hanalei, HI 96714
    The bar in Hanalei.

  • mickrussom on Apr 07, 2012 at 01:26 PM

    Take a tour of the houses of The Descendants.

    5160 Old Pali Road, Honolulu, HI
    This is the address on the living will for Elizabeth King. This address doesn’t seem to actually exist.

    3849 Old Pali Road, Honolulu, HI
    This is the address for the house Matt King is living in, where the pool is in the front, the cement/concrete pots in front, the flagstaff properties in the back (note the 2 extra mailboxes) and its on the corner of Old Pali Road and Gartley Place. (96817). Owned by Craig and Joanne Chun.

    This was harder to find. http://g.co/maps/y5pw6

    155 Dowsett Ave, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817
    This is the address for the house Matt runs to, the place where Mark and Kai Mitchell are in the movie. Its owned by John and Tiare Finney.

    55-202 Kamehameha Hwy Laie, HI 96762
    This the house across the street from Pounder Beach. Its where Mike King told the family he wasn’t signing documents to transfer the estate from the King Family to Don Holitzer. Its owned by a group - Kikila Partners.

    Part of the reason for doing all this research is two fold, people are curious and probably want to see these houses for fun. The other side to finding these houses is this - the elites, the lucky, the upper echelons of society have money. And with this money comes power and with his power comes the ability to make more money. These people made handsome money for renting these places for this movie. Yet they are fastidious about trying to keep these locations private and anonymous. Yet they want to taunt the rest of the world with their houses of beauty, wealth and power while at the same time try an anonymously take the money for owning these special places.

    As was said in the movie:

    “Now, we’re haole. And we go to private schools and clubs… ...and we can barely speak pidgin, let alone Hawaiian.”

    What is very unfortunate is very little is being done in high cost of living areas to help with the housing shortages and crisis. They make us, the middle class barely squeak out a living renting from the land owners who take the fruits of our labor, earned income, and confiscate a large par of that as unearned rentier income. The landowners often protest any new development. What they are thinking is they are protecting the property values. That is all. They dont care about traffic, how bad the schools get, etc. They just want to keep things private and the way they are. However, all of us lower middle class people who need to provide the standard of living for these folks - we are the nurses, we are the para legals, we are the cooks, the chefs, the landscapers, the truckers. We have to live somewhere too, and we have to send our kids to school.

    We have gone from being the land of opportunity to the land where being middle class is a constant struggle.

    If the upper classes want to keep what they have, they must become involved in making middle class possible again. The trajectory we are on will lead to us all into hot bedding in overpriced rentals with multigenerational living a rule not an option while sending our kids to inferior schools.