It’s well known that Elvis loved Hawaii. Not only did he perform in the islands in three decades - can any other mainland artist say the same? - appearing in concerts and films from the 1950s to the 1970s, this was his favorite vacation spot. Elvis was a welcome caller here, and a generous guest. By giving proceeds from two of his concerts to local charities, he won the hearts of Hawaii’s grown-ups. He already had their children firmly in his grasp. He also did much to boost island tourism. In typical island style, he went unbothered in public when he visited.”
The author and publisher of “Elvis in Hawaii,” scheduled for publication later this year, are now searching for photographs and other visual reminders of these numerous visits, and all who contribute will receive an autographed copy of the book.
The book’s author, former island resident Jerry Hopkins, is now looking for visual material to illustrate the book - anything, he says, “that links Elvis to Hawaii. It could be a concert ticket, or a snapshot taken by a fan or maybe an island resident who worked in one of the films as an extra. Hopkins wrote two previous books about Elvis, “Elvis: A Biography” and “Elvis: The Final Years,” and was also a correspondent and editor of Rolling Stone for many years. Anyone with photographs or wishing more information is asked to contact Julie Favey at Bess Press, or 3565 Harding Ave., Honolulu, HI 96816, phone (808) 734-7159, Ext. 11.