State Senate recognizes author of Oscar-winning ‘The Descendants’

HONOLULU — Just a few days after attending the Academy Awards in Los Angeles, Kaui Hart Hemmings, author of the novel “The Descendants,” was recognized by the Hawai‘i State Senate.  

Thursday, Hemmings accepted from the Senate a certificate of recognition for the success she received in having her novel made into a screenplay for the movie “The Descendants,” which won an Academy Award for the Best Adapted Screenplay.

“Scenery from Kaua‘i’s iconic properties and landscapes are beautifully photographed and highlighted in the film, thanks to Kaui and the producers of the movie,” said Sen. Ronald Kouchi, D-Kaua‘i, Ni‘ihau. “We are pleased with being able to share our island lifestyle with those who watch the movie.”

“The Descendants” garnered four other nominations.

Along with the Oscars, the movie was nominated and has won numerous other awards, including two Golden Globes.

The movie’s soundtrack uses Hawaiian music, featuring artists Gabby Pahinui, Ray Kane, Keola Beamer, Lena Machado, Sonny Chillingworth, Jeff Peterson and the Rev. Dennis Kamakahi.

“The Descendants” stars George Clooney, Amara Miller and Shailene Woodley. The film was shot in Honolulu and on Kaua‘i.


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