Concerts & Clubs / Hawaii loves Elvis, whether cool these days or not. This year, we celebrate the 40th anniversary of his unsurpassed Aloha from Hawaii concert in style, with a reprise via huge screens and upgraded sound and picture.
The King first took the Hawaii stage in 1957, but 1961’s Blue Hawaii permanently connected him to the Islands in the global mind. He made two more movies here and performed frequently, often at the Honolulu International Center, now known as the Blaisdell Arena, and site of both shows.
By 1973, Elvis had begun his decline, and his manager, Colonel Parker, was looking for something big to rekindle the hunk of burning love. While satellite broadcasts were not new, the medium had yet to blossom. Parker got the idea that a global broadcast from the Islands was the ticket for a Kingly comeback. He was right: Aloha from Hawaii was watched by a billion people when the world only had 4 billion, an unbroken record for a solo artist.