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The Descendants

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HIFF Premiere Highlights of 'The Descendants', Governor Abercrombie raves about Soundtrack
1 Ka Makani Ka'ili Aloha -- Gabby Pahinui  
2 Kalena Kai -- Keola Beamer and George Winston  
3 Hi'ilawe -- Gabby Pahinui  
4 'Ulili E -- Rev. Dennis Kamakahi  
5 Ka Loke -- Makaha Sons with Dennis Pavao  
6 Auwe -- Ray Kane  
7 Leahi -- Gabby Pahinui  
8 Hawaiian Skies -- Jeff Peterson  
9 He'eia -- Gabby Pahinui and Sons of Hawaii  
10 'Imi Au Ia 'Oe -- Keola Beamer  
11 Kaua'i Beauty -- Gabby Pahinui  
12 Hi'ilawe -- Sonny Chillingworth  
13 Wai O Ke Aniani -- Gabby Pahinui  
14 Paka Ua -- Ozzie Kotani and Daniel Ho  
15 Hapuna Sunset -- Charles Michael Brotman  
16 Deep in an Ancient Hawaiian Forest -- Makana  
17 Mom -- Lena Machado  
18 Ka Mele Oku'u Pu'Uwai -- Sol Hoopii's Novelty Trio  
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The Descendants, based on Kaui Hart Hemmings' highly acclaimed novel of the same name, is scored exclusively with Hawaiian music. Hemmings, who comes from Hawaii, weaves into her writing the island themes of family, soil and inheritance, and the movie too has a strong sense of place, not least thanks to its soundtrack. Given the intention of the filmmakers to lend the movie a distinct Hawaiian flavour, the natural direction to take was to use the sounds of the islands, and the music plays a crucial part in evoking an authentic mood. Most of the titles on the soundtrack feature established masters of Hawaiian music, whether modern and classical: names such as Gabby Pahinui, Ray Kane, Keola Beamer, Lena Machado, Sonny Chillingworth, Jeff Peterson, and Rev. Dennis Kamakahi.

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