Elvis Statue

On Oahu, and choosing to honor a real person, Elvis Presley, an important TV milestone was used as an excuse for the “World’s First Satellite TV Concert” performed here in January 14, 1973. Aloha from Hawaii Via Satellite was headlined by Elvis Presley. The concert took place at the Honolulu International Center in Honolulu, now known as the Neal S. Blaisdell Center and aired in over 40 countries across Asia and Europe. Despite the satellite innovation, the United States did not air the concert until April 4, 1973 because the concert took place the same day as Super Bowl VII. Viewing figures have been claimed by the promoters at over 1 billion viewers worldwide. The show was the most expensive entertainment special at the time, costing $2.5 million dollars.

The life-sized statue was unveiled on July 26, 2007, which happened to coincide with the scheduling of Elvis Month. The statue stands near the parking lot of the Neal Blaisdell Center, along a walkway to the concert hall’s ticket windows. Elvis, acoustic guitar strapped on, is depicted in full sweaty croon atop a circular pedestal, a sprinkling of stars surrounding the title “Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii.” Like almost every other statue in Honolulu, Elvis wears a lei of fresh flowers. The bronze life-sized statue of Elvis Presley was looking much as he did years ago. His hair is slicked back, vest plastered on; microphone tilted toward his lips and flared pants draped to the floor. The sculpture shows Presley at his prime, slim and big-buckled with his collar turned up. As it was unveiled, See See Rider and American Trilogy played over the loudspeakers.

Elvis Presley filmed three movies in Hawaii, Blue Hawaii, Girls! Girls! Girls! And Paradise, Hawaiian Style. He also visited the islands three times for concerts. This statue was a gift from TV Land, a division of MTV Networks, as part of a tribute to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Presley's death at Graceland on Aug. 16, 1977.