Elvis Loved Hawaii, See the Sites the King Made Famous

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Statue of Elvis outside the Neal Blaisdell Center in downtown Honolulu. Photos by Connie Maria Westergaard.
Statue of Elvis outside the Neal Blaisdell Center in downtown Honolulu. Photos by Connie Maria Westergaard.

The next time you’re planning a trip to Hawaii, let the King be your guide!  Connie Westergaard wrote about the love Elvis Presley had for our 50th state in a GoNOMAD article.

“In Honolulu there are two sights you want to see if you are an Elvis fan. The first one is the Punchbowl Crater, which is a so-called tuff cone of another extinct volcano. The crater is now the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

Around the crater are the nine-mile scenic Round Top Drive and Tantalus Drive. More scenes from Blue Hawaii were shot here, and the view of Honolulu from the top is fantastic. Try to be up here at sunset. The view of the city lights coming on is amazing.

The second sight is located just outside the Neal Blaisdell Center -– the former Honolulu International Convention Center — where Elvis’ famous Aloha from Hawaii concert took place on January 14, 1973. It is a life-size bronze statue of Elvis erected in 2007 on the 30th anniversary of his death. It’s not far from most Honolulu hotels,  and if you’re a fan, you gotta check it out!  In fact if you’re looking for a great hotel nearby check out The Modern Honolulu, a classy place the King would approve of!

You will find the statue near the box office facing Ward Avenue. Aloha from Hawaii was the world’s first concert telecast worldwide. Millions of people in 40 countries watched as Elvis wrote history. The day before the concert the mayor of Honolulu declared 13 January 1973 to be Elvis Presley Day.