Author of “The Descendants” Recognized by Hawaii State Senate

Hawaii state Senate recognizes Kaui Hart Hemmings in 2012
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Senators recognize Kaui Hart Hemmings for the success of her novel, “The Descendants,” which was turned into a screenplay for the movie with the same namesake. Photo Courtesy: Senate Communications

BY CAROLINE JULIAN —  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 Hawaii State Senate.

Today, Senators honored Hemmings with a certificate of recognition for the success she received in having her novel adapted into a screenplay for the movie, “The Descendants,” which won an Academy Award for the Best Adapted Screenplay Sunday night. The film also garnered four Oscar nominations.


“We are very proud of Kaui Hart Hemmings and the role she played in showcasing Hawaii in her novel.  She shares the story of life in our islands through the eyes of a Kamaaina, which everyone in the world would be able to appreciate,” said Senate Majority Leader Brickwood Galuteria, who presented the certificate.

Along with the Oscars, the movie was nominated and has won numerous other awards, including two Golden Globe Awards.   The Descendants stars George Clooney, Amara Miller and Shailene Woodley.  The film was shot in Honolulu and in Kauai’s Hanalei Bay.

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

The soundtrack uses Hawaiian music, featuring artists including Gabby Pahinui, Ray Kane, Keola Beamer, Lena Machado, Sonny Chillingworth, Jeff Peterson, and Reverend Dennis Kamakahi.