On July 26, 10am local Honolulu time, the Elvis Aloha statue was revealed. With this ceremony, the city kicks off his 30-day celebration to remember Elvis. The statue is placed on the site where the legendary satellite concert broad casted all around the world in 1973.
The statue does not have a lei. That may sound strange, because the lei is the symbol of the local citizens to welcome their guests. It’s only for technical reasons that they did not ad a lei. Because of the used material and the process of making, it’s not possible to recreate the flowers in a natural looking way. Without a doubt, visitors are willing to put their own lei around the statue, but that’s going to be hard to do: the pedestal will be 36” and the statue will have a height of 9 feet.
Elvis Statue ReveiledJuly 27, 2007 | Other Source:ElvisMatters
ta2k wrote on July 27, 2007
I'm not keen on the likeness but i like the thought behind it. TCB
Brian Quinn wrote on July 27, 2007
A fantastic tribute to THE KING. The likeness is amazing. I have seen many other 'close-up' photographs of the unveiling and believe me this is THE BEST.
bray1977 wrote on July 27, 2007
It looks fantastic. Well done Honolulu. I hope to go and see it someday.
Jerome wrote on July 27, 2007
first I had comments about his hair (it's still not like Elvis) but in it's total the statue is fantastic!
2kisses&3scarfs wrote on July 27, 2007
What a wonderful tribute to Elvis! Thank you, Honolulu.
Tony C wrote on July 27, 2007
This is a great honour and something that would have made Elvis very proud. He loved the Hawaiian Islands, and their people have always shown love and respect to his memory.
see see rider wrote on July 27, 2007
What a great honor it is to Elvis to have this happen. As someone has already said, Elvis would have been proud and the fact that he did love Hawaii and the islands. Besides the television special, Elvis also made 2 movies there and was the choosen place for his last vacation..well done.
Mofoca22 wrote on July 27, 2007
see see rider you also forgot he had his last concerts till 1969 there too in 1961. if elvis faked his death i bet thats where he is in hawaii he always loved hawaii. i hope to see that statue there someday. heck i hop ei live in hawaii period someday lol
stanton wrote on July 27, 2007
Since he didn`t "fake his death" he will see the statue from elsewhere in this atmosphere. Or outer space....but I bet he is proud of it from anywhere he looks at it. Hawaii owed him that gesture - he did love Hawaii and they now show him that they did and do love him. Thanks to Honolulu....TCE
Martin DJ wrote on July 28, 2007
Since we're on the topic of Aloha, I've always wondered how where the figure of more than a billion people watching the show live came from. It was broadcast live in Hawaii (of course) and the Far East. In Europe, however, it was shown live but the next day (in the United Kingdom it wasn't shown at all - a shame because the original idea came from Tod Slaughter). In the United States an extended version was broadcast in April 1973.
John4126 wrote on July 28, 2007
The aloha audience figure is pure hype! The claim more people watched this than man walking on the moon is unfortunately fabrication. No reputable medium outside of EPE verifies billion or so viewers. That aside it was by any standard an incredible achievement, sadly not on the scale we are led to believe. Only a handful of countries in Europe bought the broadcast due to the view it was over-priced.
Sean Ryan wrote on July 29, 2007
see see rider, Elvis made 3 films in Hawaii, you left out Girls!Girls!Girls!.
Devon wrote on August 03, 2007
Very well done, i was there in 73 and saw the show live.