November 13, 2011 |
Reporting from Hanalei, Hawaii — It was precisely the kind of day that drives Hawaii's $10-billion vacation business. The sun sliced through the clouds along the coast of Kauai, a windward breeze blowing across the bay as children played in the warm ocean waters. Alexander Payne couldn't help but notice the spectacular setting, but as he directed a key scene in "The Descendants" in spring 2010, his cameras were aimed on a far less idyllic sight: a man looking for redemption.
October 23, 2011 |
Kauai has been a favorite film location since it stood in for Bali Hai in the 1958 movie version of "South Pacific. " It has been Maui in the Adam Sandler-Jennifer Aniston romantic comedy "Just Go With It" (released this year), and it played the Caribbean in "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," the fourth of the Johnny Depp swashbucklers. Sometimes it even plays itself. In "The Descendants," which is to open next month, a father (George Clooney) takes his children to Kauai after his wife is incapacitated.
April 17, 2011 |
"Is this the trail? This can't be right," a couple asks as my wife, Terri, and I walk by, and though it's unclear whether we're nosing in on a dialogue a deux or responding to a legit request for assistance, we stop. The first part of the hike to Waipoo Falls, I explain, is along unimproved Halemanu Road, leading to several homesteads and, I assure them, silently praying, the trailhead. "And the waterfall is after that?" I nod assent. Not realizing that I'm also a newbie, off they stride, as confident as Columbus into the unknown.
November 3, 2010 |
Andy Irons, a renowned surfer and three-time world champion from Hawaii, died Tuesday from complications from an undisclosed illness, the Assn. of Surfing Professionals International said. He was 32. Irons had withdrawn from an ASP World Tour event in Puerto Rico, the Rip Curl Search, over the weekend due to the illness and died "during a layover en route to his home in Kauai, Hawaii," according to an Irons family statement released by the ASP. The statement did not list the exact location or cause of death, but the Associated Press reported that his father, Phil Irons, confirmed the surfer's death.
April 18, 2010 |
As with many adventure stories, this one started in a bar. Sipping a post-work CoCoNut Porter at the Yard House in Waikiki with Jim — a family friend who's well connected in the sailing world — I imposed the request that led to the story. "You've got to get me on a sail to Maui," I said to Jim. "You want to go to Kauai this weekend?" he replied. Lucky for me, Capt. Jon Jepson was sailing Makani, a 65-foot catamaran, to Port Allen, Kauai, for a private charter bound for the Na Pali Coast.
April 18, 2010 |
Visitors to Kauai who venture beyond the beach may be rewarded with a few hours in a town where time has slowed, at a Hindu monastery high in the hills, a small museum chronicling the history of Kauai and a garden of the gods. HANAPEPE On a typical day in Hanapepe, a sleepy town on Kauai's south shore, roosters strut across the wide main street, a parrot named Tabasco greets you at an art gallery, and a sign on the door of a boutique explains that the owner has gone to the bank but will return soon.
November 15, 2009 |
Here on the North Shore, a land so beautiful that any building seems an intrusion, a glitzy palace of a hotel that opened in 1985 as the Sheraton Princeville has shed its European pretensions and emerged haute Hawaiian. The St. Regis Princeville Resort reopened on Sept. 26 after more than a year and $100 million in much-needed renovations. Its old, Eurocentric decor was meant to recognize the Hawaiian monarchy's ties to Europe: Princeville is named for Prince Albert Edward, son of Hawaiian King Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma, who enjoyed visiting Kauai's North Shore.
August 13, 2009 |
The thriller "A Perfect Getaway" may have been set on the lush Hawaiian island of Kauai but most of it was shot in Puerto Rico. "Everything within the first 50 feet of the camera looked great," visual effects supervisor Tim Carras said. "But the difference was the terrain that exists in the background. Kauai has really tall, cathedral-like mountains with rain in the middle." Puerto Rico is much flatter. To fix this, Carras and Josh Comen of Comen FX added 200 visual effects to create mountains and backgrounds.