Aloha from Hawaii" was beamed to 40 countries and more than a billion people (this figure has been challenged as much too high) across Asia and Europe. There was no charge to the audience, although a donation was suggested, and the Kui Lee Foundation got $75,000. He was a local composer who wrote I'll Remember You, one Elvis' hits. Actually, Europe got it in prime time the next day and the USA an augmented version nearly three months later.
The evening began at Le Guignol, across the street from Elvis' concert:
I splurged on a Stanford University Governor's Selection Highway 12 Sonoma Meritage (in a Riedel Somelliers Bordeaux Glass, the ultimate, which I brought, with the wine), and had a fine sunset view beyond the venue:
I started with a combination of mesclun (just means mixed) greens, vichyssoise, and escargots:
I like contrasting senses at each course. This twosome was cold/hot, sweet/salty...etc. The whole meal with tax and tip was $50.
Then on to Elvis' Aloha from Hawaii, the best $35 investment I ever made. Only in Hawaii, as we were greeted by hula dancers:
Tom Moffat introduced Governor Neil Abercrombie, who 40 years ago was in the nosebleed section:
He announced an Elvis proclamation, which was accepted by a representative from Graceland.
The program began with a personal note from Priscilla (wife):
She did not look 67-years of age, but this was real time. The arena was 3/4s full:
Elvis is a showman, and he passed out, oh, maybe double digit sweaty shawls, and seemed to enjoy the exhibition:
The audience--and I was about the median age--made the event worthwhile. Plus, there were enhancements, for the hour-long concert began at 7:30PM and ended at 9:30PM, with a special mini-appearance of Elvis' gospel singers (but not the Sweet Inspirations, one member who was the mother of Whitney Houston, and somehow Dionne Warwick is in this mix), clips from his three Hawaii films and assorted miscellaneous additions.
Tomorrow golf and karaoke. What a life!