Here is a teaser glimpse of the life-sized bronze statue of Elvis Presley, which will be unveiled at the Neal Blaisdell Center at 10 a.m. July 26, 2007. The statue is a tribute to Elvis' "Aloha From Hawaii" concert. Mayor Mufi Hannemann and entrepreneur Tom Moffatt are among Honolulu dignitaries who will participate in the statue unveiling. Larry W. Jones, TV Land president, also will be on hand.
The widely-viewed program, "Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii," was the first musical event beamed around the globe by satellite, reaching viewers in 40 countries, with an audience share of 51 in the U.S.
The soundtrack album rocketed to No. 1 on the Billboard charts and earned a five-time platinum award for sales of more than 5 million. Since then, a DVD version also has become a keepsake.
"The connection with Elvis always has been remarkable worldwide," Pellizzi said. "In the Philippines, 92 percent of viewers watched; 70 percent in Hong Kong."