Casting Call In Kihei, Maui - Jenifer Aniston & Adam Sandler & Nichole Kidman Filming At The Grand Wailea

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Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler will be filming a portion of their upcoming movie, "Just Go With It"  in Maui at the exquisit Grand Wailea Resort.  Hundreds of extras are needed for the Columbia Pictures production.  A casting call is set for Saturday, March 27, 2010, in Kihei. 

Grand Wialea Resort

I don't know about you, but I could handle getting paid to lounge around the pool side, eating and drinking for free while being a part of such an exciting event.  Filming is projected to last 4 to 6 weeks.  The photo below is the pool side mentioned above.  It is a gorgeous posh resort where one can soak in the beauty of the island.  I had the pleasure of revisiting the resort this week. 

Grand Wialea Resort

The pool area splits off into several narrow areas that pass under bridges and by the waterfalls.  It is a lot of fun to swim through all of the different areas and admire all of the beauty around.

grand Wialea

The Chapel shown below is decorated with hand crafted glass stained windows and surrounded by a mote full of Koi.  It is a good thing that they are filming soon, as the chapel is scheduled for demolition.   

The grand Wialea

The grounds where the chapel is will be turned into a floral garden with a wedding gazebo, while the pool and public areas will be expanded.  Additionally, the resort will add on 300+ renovated rooms for guests.

Grand Wialea Resort

Grand Wialea Resort

As you walk through the Wialea grounds, you are surrounded by beautiful waterfalls and amazing statues that pay tribute to the Hawaiian culture.

Grand Wialea Resort

grand wialea

For those of you who like to stroll along the beach, there is an amazing pathway which stretches from the McKenna Resort, (formerly the Maui Prince Hotel), to the gated McKenna community.  Along the way, you will encounter a plethora of amazing flowers and stunning view of the ocean.

The Grand Wialea

There are several ways to keep busy when visiting the Grand Wailea Resort.  If you like to surf like I do, there are instructors available close by and some great waves to catch. 

Grand Wialea

When you see this flag... the surf is up!!!

Wialea resort

There is something to do for every individual, big or small.  From shopping to scuba diving lessons, kayaking, or simply soaking in the sun... I am sure you will all have fun! 



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Comments (20)

Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

Awesome shots....would love to be there! Have a great day!

Mar 26, 2010 10:52 PM
Peter and Dawn Smith
Circle Shot Media - Vancouver, WA

Hi Rob,

Thanks!  I am loving it here.  Maybe someday you will make it over and if you do, look us up!  Have a great weekend!


Mar 26, 2010 11:18 PM
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team

Dawn, very nice photos.  Kihei is a very beautiful area!  We loved it there, we would love to go back and spend 4 weeks there movie or not!

Mar 27, 2010 03:26 AM
Debi Boucher
Real Estate Showcase Photography - Woodland Park, CO
"Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours

Gorgeous! So, you didn't say what time the casting call starts. I don't want to be late! LOL


Mar 27, 2010 03:29 AM
Sharon Paxson
Sharon Paxson, Realtor® EQTY Forbes Global Properties - Newport Beach, CA
Newport Beach Real Estate

Dawn - I love the grand Wailea, and they have the most amazing spa I have ever been too. You could spend a day there.

Mar 27, 2010 03:35 AM
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA

Hi Dawn,

A wonderful collection of photos and the Grand Wialea Resort  certainly looks like a grand place to film a movie. I could handle the action as well. A casting couch at the pool sounds like an awesome idea. It will fun to watch them paint swim suits on the bronze figures around the pool gardens.

Mar 27, 2010 04:17 PM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

 Hello Dawn and what a great post with some very interesting photos and will I be to late for the casting? Your post has been featured at one of my favorite groups at Activerain ........


Vegas Bob

                    Robert Swetz (Vegas Bob)

Mar 27, 2010 04:27 PM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

I heard something about this - I wonder if they got enough people yet, or if nobody showed up.

Mar 27, 2010 09:14 PM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

When are they suppose to start shooting? I will be in South East Asia in April and will be flying back from Myanmar (Burma) a few days before May, does that give Vegas Bob enough time. I really Like Jennifer!

VB ;)

Mar 28, 2010 07:27 AM
Tracy Lee Parker
RE/MAX DFW Associates - Royse City, TX

Wow, I am looking forward to this movie. Love all the stars too! Nice pictures.

Mar 28, 2010 08:36 AM
Michael J. O'Connor
Diamond Ridge Realty - Corona, CA
Eastvale - 951-847-4883

The Grand Wailea is one of my favorite places!  I had the good fortunes to stay there for a week in the early 1990s.  A perfectly wonderful vacation - and the spa treatments are fantastic!  I wish I could come for the casting call but not this time.  Rats.

Mar 29, 2010 04:03 AM
Peter and Dawn Smith
Circle Shot Media - Vancouver, WA

Aloha Tony and Darcy,

Thanks!  I love it here too.  If I would have planed my trip a month later... I could have been a movie star!!!  It is a beautiful place to be!  Hope you both have a great week:)


Mar 29, 2010 09:10 PM
Peter and Dawn Smith
Circle Shot Media - Vancouver, WA

Aloha Debi,

People stayed overnight to be first in line!!  It was held at the Lipoa Center on Lipoa street which is right up the road from my Mother's house.  It was a huge turn out.  I am putting a blog together with the photos I shot of the event and the thousands of movie star hopefuls.  Darn, I should have planned my trip for April... I would have been in line!!  LOL!!  Hope you have a great Tuesday.  I am heading out in the am to go boogie boarding and then off to whale watch later in the afternoon.



Mar 29, 2010 09:24 PM
Peter and Dawn Smith
Circle Shot Media - Vancouver, WA

Aloha Sharon!

I haven't been to the spa's, but it does sound great!  I spent the day there again today and it was about 83 degrees and very hot.  The pool was magnificent.  You are very luck to have enjoyed a spa day.  Maybe some day I will fit one in too!  Have a great week. 


Mar 29, 2010 09:26 PM
Peter and Dawn Smith
Circle Shot Media - Vancouver, WA

Aloha William,

I went back to the resort today and took a lot more photos.  There is so much to see and do there.  If I would have known about the casting call, I would have come here next month instead!!  They had better get started on that painting... there are quite a few of them!! LOL.  Have a great Tuesday and a wonderful week!


Mar 29, 2010 09:32 PM
Peter and Dawn Smith
Circle Shot Media - Vancouver, WA

Aloha Robert,

Thanks so much!! The casting call was at the Lipoa Center at 10:00am.  There were people that camped out overnight to ensure their spot in line.  There was a huge turnout.  I am putting together a blog about it.  I went down and took some pictures and spoke with some of the folks waiting in line.  It was so funny to see people standing under rain umbrellas to stay out of the hot sun.  There will be another casting call for the movie early in April, but the date has not been released as of yet.  Maybe you can make that one.  I hear Jennifer gets here next week... LOL!!  Shooting begins in early April and will last 4-6 weeks.   Thanks again for the feature!  Have a great week and a safe trip.  That sounds exciting. 



Mar 29, 2010 09:53 PM
Peter and Dawn Smith
Circle Shot Media - Vancouver, WA

Hi Georgie,

It was so nice to meet you!  Thanks for suggesting the Whole Foods store for lunch.  What a treat!  That was some good food!!!  I ate my left overs for dinner and it was just as good then.  There was a huge turn out for the casting call.  It was on the front page of the Sunday Maui News.  I went down and spoke with some of the people that had turned out for it and shot some photos of the lines.  It was a zoo here in Kihei all day.  The roads were packed with people and the traffic was a nightmare!  What an experience that must have been for those involved.  I spent my day in Wialea again today swimming, walking, sight seeing and taking pictures.  I am going boogie boarding in the morning and then running out to the harbor to catch a Boss Frog boat out for another whale watching adventure in hopes of a few more photo ops!  Have a great Tuesday!



Mar 29, 2010 10:03 PM
Peter and Dawn Smith
Circle Shot Media - Vancouver, WA

Aloha Tracy,

Me too!!  I am sure it will be a good one with a cast like that!  Thank you.  I took a bunch more today.  Have a wonderful week.



Mar 29, 2010 10:05 PM
Peter and Dawn Smith
Circle Shot Media - Vancouver, WA

Aloha Michael,

It is a beautiful place.  I really enjoy it there.  They have so many incredible things to do and see.  I haven't experienced the spa... maybe someday.  I live in the rain so I have been keeping quite busy in the sunshine.  I know...  I missed out to.  Bummer, maybe next time!  Have a great week.




Mar 29, 2010 10:12 PM
Debbie Walsh
SHAHAR Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

So how long are you there for??  Beautiful pictures!

Apr 22, 2010 12:55 AM