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NPR Says "When Elvis Said 'Aloha' From Hawaii, The World Watched"

January 07, 2013

Elvis fans are making the journey from around the world to kick off the 40th Anniversary Celebration of "Aloha From Hawaii" and National Public Radio recently sat down with fans who actually attended the concert in 1973. Fans can listen to the entire piece by visiting

With interviews with Elvis fan and now Hawaiian governor Neil Abercrombie and Hawaiian native Dana Suzuki-Culbertson, fans reminisce about the experience of seeing Elvis make history. The article intertwines audio clips from Elvis' legendary performance with stories of Elvis' legacy on stage.

"The place was packed, about 6,000-plus people in our little arena here. And he was in his, you know, his white cape, and he had his semi-karate moves. He sang at least 20 - 25 songs in an hour," said Abercrombie.

On January 14, 1973, Elvis became the first solo entertainer to broadcast live via satellite with over 1 billion people watching worldwide. “Aloha from Hawaii” is regarded as the most watched broadcast by an individual entertainer in television history.

Forty years later, fans will return to the Neal Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, Hawaii, to witness history all over again. This experience will feature incredible re-mastered video projected on multiple screens with audio presented in Dolby 5.1 surround sound. The original performance has been edited to re-create the excitement of being there in-person 40 years ago and will include special footage filmed exclusively for this event.

Hear the complete interview about “Aloha from Hawaii” by visiting If you plan on attending the celebration or will be in Hawaii, don't miss the hottest ticket on the Islands! The enhanced screening will take place at the Neal Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Monday, January 14, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. All tickets are $35 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster and