Honolulu Remembers Elvis

The memory of a man who loved Hawaii, as much as Hawaii loved him, was made tangible at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center in Honolulu last Thursday.

Close Up of Elvis in Bronze

Full picture of Elvis statue There are few places across the country, and maybe even across the world, that wouldn’t boast a fascination and admiration for this pop-music icon. But, I don’t know how many of these places could say that the feeling was, and still is, mutual.

There are many who have memories of his visits and many who tell stories about the concert that this statue commemorates. These 1,100 pounds of bronze immortalize the “Aloha from Hawaii” concert that took place in 1973.

According to some news reports, the concert was broadcast via satellite feed to 40 countries and had an estimated 1.5 billion viewers.

Elvis Statue

So who’s behind this? TVLand.com, with the permission and participation of Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc., enabled this life-sized look alike to make its home on the grounds of Blaisdell Center.

There are still women who remember getting close enough to touch him or people who still have an article from that concert. Even after more than thirty years, the parking lot at Blaisdell was full of several hundred fans, all waiting for the unveiling of our newest tourist attraction.

People still have his pictures and memorabilia decorating their homes. Even at my house there’s a picture on the wall, with a piece of paper with what portends to be an original Elvis Presley signature.

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10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Pua // Jul 30, 2007 at 6:15 am

    aloha evelyn,
    i enjoyed your elvis in hawaii post a lot. also photos! what is it with our fascination with Elvis, his music and his life?! the winner of the recent ‘next best thing greatest celebrity impersonator’ was the elvis impersonator! this says it all. i mentioned his love for hawaii in one of my blog posts (just click my name for link to post). looking forward to more good stuff from homespun honolulu. aloha, pua

  • 2 Sheila // Jul 30, 2007 at 7:47 am

    I’m so glad to see that this statue. I’m a bit too young to remember much about Elvis, but I really admire what an entertainer he was. And who can blame him for loving Hawaii?

  • 3 Evelyn // Jul 30, 2007 at 9:07 am

    Hi Sheila! I just remember watching all of the movies he was in. I still think of him as 30 years old or less. If he was around he would probably love to hear that! He certainly laid the ground work for many entertainers who followed. Thank you, Sheila, for visiting and for sharing your comment!

  • 4 Evelyn // Jul 30, 2007 at 9:39 am

    Hey Pua! Amazing isn’t it? What I found most interesting was the fact that, even after all this time, there were so many people there to see the unveiling of the statue! Well, his memory lives on! Thanks for the great comment!

  • 5 Ryan // Jul 30, 2007 at 10:30 am

    My wife thinks it’s a bit tacky and cheesy, but hey, wasn’t that always part of the Elvis charm? I like it. I took some photos and made a video as well!

  • 6 Debo Hobo // Jul 30, 2007 at 10:45 am

    Oh that is so cool! The first Elvis movie I remember watching was I think called “Blue Hawaii”.

  • 7 Becky Cook // Jul 30, 2007 at 10:50 am

    Hi Evelyn. There is a little bit of Elvis in all of us. He definitely was the “King”. I just love your articles. They always make me feel like I have never left Hawai’i. In my heart, I never have. It is still my favorite place on earth and with friends like you and Rod, how can I go wrong. Keep the blogs coming. Stay safe, Becky

  • 8 Evelyn // Jul 30, 2007 at 11:16 am

    Ryan, the video is awesome! Thank you for that! Now I know who to bug when I decide I’m going to figure out how to do this video stuff! The pics are great too. I’m amused a little by the arrangement of leis — either people keep bringing more or someone decided to rearrange them. The best part of the video is the breeze. I jumped ’cause I thought his arm moved. LOL!

  • 9 Evelyn // Jul 30, 2007 at 11:18 am

    Hey Debo! It probably was Blue Hawaii! He was just fun… even though your knew it was going to be boy meets girl, they have drama and then live happily ever after. Thanks for stopping by and joining in the chatter! 🙂

  • 10 Evelyn // Jul 30, 2007 at 11:21 am

    Hi Becky! How’s everything going? I don’t think you ever did leave. We’ll just say you’re taking a really long nap between visits! Miss you. Please come home soon!

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