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The King’s legacy

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    Elvis Presley enjoyed the beach and even surfed the waves off the Hilton Hawaiian Village Hotel, where he often stayed during visits here.
  • ILLUSTRATION BY MARTHA HERNANDEZ / MHERNANDEZ@STARADVERTISER.COM
  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
    FROZEN IN TIME: A 1,200-pound bronze statue of Elvis Presley sits outside the Neal Blaisdell Arena, where he held his "Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii" concert in 1973. Back then the arena was called the Honolulu International Center. The statue was placed there in 2007 by the cable channel TV Land.
  • GEORGE F. LEE / GLEE@STARADVERTISER.COM
    'BLUE HAWAII' BACKDROP: Scenes depicting his character's beach boy days in his 1961 film "Blue Hawaii" were shot at Hanauma Bay.
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    FIT FOR THE KING: Presley watches fans from the balcony of the presidential suite of the Hilton Hawaiian Village Hotel's Ocean Tower (now called Alii Tower) where he often stayed when in Hawaii.
  • JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
    YOU CAN BANK ON IT: Hawaii artist Carol Bennett included Presley in a large collage that hangs above customers at the University Branch of First Hawaiian Bank, which was built near the site of the old Honolulu Stadium, where the singer gave his first Hawaii concert.
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    FUNDRAISER: Elvis performed at Bloch Arena at Pearl Harbor on March 25, 1961, raising $62,000 to help build the USS Arizona Memorial.

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