Arts + Culture

Music's Greatest Hits

by Kara Zuaro

Honolulu, March 25, 1961

The Moment: More than 3,000 screaming and swooning fans greet Elvis Presley at Honolulu International Airport. He's on his way to play a fund-raiser at Pearl Harbor's Bloch Arena, then on to Kauai, where he'll break out his high-waisted, butt-hugging white swim trunks to shoot Blue Hawaii. The movie's sound track, dripping with such romantic ballads as "Can't Help Falling in Love," will hit the top of the Billboard chart, stay there for 20 consecutive weeks, and go triple platinum.

Where to go now: The Coco Palms Resort, the hotel Elvis called home in Kauai (and the backdrop for Blue Hawaii's closing scene), was destroyed by Hurricane Iniki in 1992, but will reopen in 2008. In the meantime, help yourself to some Elvisiana at the campy Blue Hawaii—The Show, at the Beachcomber Hotel. A ukulele-toting Elvis impersonator and a team of dancers do their darnedest to bring the hunka hunka burnin' love back to life.

Blue Hawaii—The Show at the Beachcomber Hotel
2300 Kalakaua Avenue
Waikiki, Oahu
Tel: 808 923 1245

Coco Palms Resort

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