Elvis – Aloha From Hawaii
Neal Blaisdell Center (formerly known as the Honolulu International Center), 777 Ward Ave., Honolulu, HI.
Built in 1964, the Honolulu International Center (later renamed after Honolulu Mayer, Neal Blaisdell) held the landmark “Aloha From Hawaii” concert by Elvis Presley. The concert was broadcast live via satellite on January 14, 1973 and aired in over 40 countries. Interestingly, the concert wasn’t aired in the United States until April 4, 1973. Reportedly, the concert was seen by over 1 billion viewers worldwide. The show was the most expensive TV special at the time, costing $2.5 million.
Presley lost 25 pounds for the show and gave one of his best performances ever. The album of the concert was originally released in quadrophonic sound and was the first quadraphonic album to top the Billboard album chart. It was Presley’s final number one album during his lifetime.
A bronze statue of Elvis was later erected in front of the arena.