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Major Events Planned for Elvis Presley's "Aloha From Hawaii" 40th Anniversary Celebration

January 10, 2013

Elvis fans are kicking off the celebration with the best Elvis-themed entertainment in the world. Following is a list of key events presented by Elvis Presley Enterprises. Tickets are available at the door for all events in Hawaii.

Saturday and Sunday, January 12 and 13  

Conversations on Elvis - Hawaiian Style
9:00 AM (Saturday, January 12) Legends Royal Hawaiian Theater

Hosted by Elvis fan favorite Joey Sulipeck, special guests currently scheduled include: celebrated Hawaiian DJ who brought Elvis to Hawaii, Tom Moffatt; Jerry Hopkins, author of “Elvis in Hawaii” and John Hart, Hawaii historian and professor at Hawaii Pacific University who will discuss the significance of Elvis in Hawaii;  former members of the group J. D. Sumner and The Stamps who sang back up for Elvis concert “Aloha from Hawaii” Bill Baise, Ed Hill and Larry Strickland along with orchestra conductor Joe Guercio; Larry Gellar, Elvis’ hairstylist, close friend and confidant who often vacationed with Elvis in Hawaii, and the Tiu Sisters, Ginny Tiu, internationally known pianist and Elvis’ co-star in “GIRLS” GIRLS! GIRLS!” and Vicky Tiu, former First Lady of Hawaii and Elvis’ co-star in “It Happened at the World’s Fair. Tickets available at door, $59.

Gospel Performance
10:00 AM, (Sunday, January 13) Legends Royal Hawaiian Theater

The “gospel singings” that Elvis loved so much with a tropical spin. Live on stage will be former members of the group J.D. Sumner and The Stamps Quartet. The group was featured prominently in the concert and album “Aloha from Hawaii.” Joining them will be Terry Mike Jeffrey, Andy Childs, Jamie Aaron Kelley and more. Tickets available at door, $59.

USS Arizona Tour
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (Saturday and Sunday, January 12 and 13) Pacific Historic Parks

Elvis Presley Enterprises and Pacific Historic Parks are hosting a two day Elvis Exhibit at in the Education Building at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. Admission is free and visitors are invited to this exciting and unique Elvis exhibit. This unique photo exhibit is direct from Graceland in Memphis, this weekend only, at the new Pearl Harbor Visitor Center.  

Monday, January 14
"Aloha From Hawaii" 40th Anniversary Enhanced Screening
7:30 PM, Neal Blaisdell Arena

“Aloha from Hawaii” was broadcast live via satellite 40 years ago, on January 14, 1973. It is regarded as the most watched broadcast by an individual entertainer in television history. The concert took place in this area, and aired in over 40 countries. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of this remarkable show, fans will be seated for an enhanced screening of “Aloha from Hawaii” in incredible high-definition re-mastered video created to project on multiple screens with audio presented in Dolby 5.1 surround sound. The original show has been edited to create a new experience that will replicate being there 40 years ago. Included will be rarely-seen footage and audio that are combined with footage of Elvis on stage. Tickets to screening are $35 and available through Ticketmaster retailers and on line at, in addition to the Blaisdell box office.

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