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40th anniversary of Elvis concert in Hawaii inspires vacation package

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    Ian Moule and his wife, Olga Moule look like they are bowing to Elvis during their visit to the Elvis statue at the Neil Blaisdell Center, but are actually taking photos of the Elvis Presley statue.
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. >> Elvis Presley Enterprises has announced a vacation package to Hawaii in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of his concert on Oahu in 1973.

The getaway Jan. 10-15 will feature concerts, panel discussions and tours of Elvis-related locations in Hawaii.

The concert, “Aloha From Hawaii,” was broadcast live via satellite from what is now the Neal Blaisdell Center. It was the first musical event to be broadcast worldwide by satellite.

The historic event inspired a statue of the "King" outside the Blaisdell. The statue was commissioned by TV Land and unveiled in July 2007.

During his movie career, scenes from “Blue Hawaii,” “Girls! Girls! Girls!” and “Paradise, Hawaiian Style” were filmed in Hawaii. Elvis also did several concerts and visited the island many times to relax.

According to Elvis Presley Enterprises, Jan Shepard, the singer’s co-star in “King Creole” and “Paradise, Hawaiian Style,” is to participate in a panel discussion during the event. There also will be an enhanced movie screening of the 1973 concert.

Details are at www.elvis.com/aloha.

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