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The prelude:

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Advertisment 3.11.57 - Honolulu Advertiser

The 17-year-old student Barbara Wong of the B. Castle High School was in the fall of 1957 not only the biggest Elvis fan of the Hawaiian Islands, but also the President of Kaneohe Elvis Presley fan clubs on Oahu. Although only one was answered, she wrote Elvis for 2 years every week a letter. On Monday, the 4th November 57 it became known that Elvis would occur on the following Sunday in Honolulu Stadium, and she had to plan a lot. Elvis would arrive in 5 days and stay for 4 days in Honolulu. She knew that she would see Elvis not just once, but that she would see him every day. And not just see -she would touch him,
give him gifts, talk to him, and yes - even kiss him.
Barbara had yet no details yet to be worked out and the only thing she knew for certain that Elvis now and throughout his stay in the city has the highest priority in her life.

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Star Bulletin Nov. 4, 1957 - cortesy of Hawaii State Library

Fortunately for his Hawaiian Elvis fans he had after finishing his tour in late October no plans and there were no other appearances were planned before January 59 4 the shooting of his 4. movie "King Creole" began. As a tour promoter Lee Gordon suggested to Col. Parker the idea to the Hawaii trip and so it was therefore possible to extend the just-completed tour yet. Col. Parker told the Honolulu Star Bulletin on Thursday, 31 October that the appearance in Hawaii was developed during a 30-minute lunch break, two days after Elvis' last appearance in the Pan Pacific Stadium in Los Angeles.
In the press conference on the ship Elvis told a week later, the sudden decision to travel like this:
"It was a real rush deal. We were in Hollywood to make a picture, but it was postponed until the first of the year. We weren't doing anything, so Mr. Parker asked if we'd like to go to Hawaii. I said "huh" and was packed right away."

Parker immediately flew to Honolulu to oversee the preparations. But Elvis held on to the promise he gave his mother (and because of his own fear of flying), and entered the journey by ship. Hawaii flights with commercial airlines were in 1957 still relatively new, so most people traveled to and from Hawaii with a small fleet of ships that sailed the Pacific route.
On 5 November Elvis went aboard the USS Matsonia and took the convenient, 4 1/2 days continuous and 2,500-mile drive to Honolulu.

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USS Matsonia

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Elvis boards the "Matsonia".

The next day, the 6.11. met Col. Parker and his assistant, Tom Diskin, for lunch with the Star Bulletin columnist Cobey Black. Parker told her that he had received more than 30 phone calls, mostly from "kids" who asked if Elvis would really come. “He really comes down and is with 10 friends and relatives on board the Matsonia” confirmed the Colonel. “Boy, will they all shook up when they land. He won’t fly, you know! Parker said, without been asked for it. Then he went on to tell the story of Elvis frightening flight from Amarillo to Nashville last year and embellish the story.” Once we chartered a plane in Texas and two engines failed. We made an emergency landing in a field. „ (The truth is that Parker was not on board of this aircraft, which landed safely on the runway at the Nashville airport.) “And that cured him of his fear of flying?” asked Black. Cured him, Honey?” said Parker. “He was frightened to death. The only thing that seemed sure for him was his seatbelt and the belt was so tight that he almost cut him in two parts” said Parker.

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Cobey Black, Star Bulletin Nov. 11 1957 - Cortesy of Hawaii State Library

Aboard the Matsonia Elvis mingled openly with his fellow travelers and in a way in which he would not have been able at land. The tour guides was mainly his friends from Memphis. The Jordanaires and the band had decided to arrive a few days later by plane. It was a pleasant crossing for Elvis. On the first day on board he and his comrades took part in the daily bingo game. "He was always very polite, a real gentleman," says the 43-year-old Velma Fisher, who was with her 4 kids a few doors quartered Elvis cabin. "Every day he played for cocktail hour in the lounge for each piano." Another passenger told the Honolulu Adviser, that Elvis was a very pleasant couple. "He spent a lot of time to pose for pictures with the staff, so that they in turn were able to show the pictures to their children."

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with Velma Fisher and their Kids on board

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Elvis visit the board kitchen

On Friday, they had one half of the journey behind them and Elvis sent a "ship-to-shore" telegram to the Star Bulletin, which printed it on the front page of its afternoon edition. He wrote:
“ALOHA. VERY ENJOYABLE TRIP, SUNBATHING, SWIMMING, TENNIS, READING. I KNOW I WILL ENJOY YOUR ISLANDS. LIKE TO SURF AND SWIM AND GETTING GOOD TAN ON BOARD. HAVE READ ABOUT HAWAIIAN HOSPITALITY AND AM EAGERLY LOOKING TO SAME. BEST OF LUCK – ELVIS PRESLEY.

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When the Matsonia approached Honolulu, the shipping company and the local police went to set the safety plan, they had worked out in several days and created, to implement. Tom Diskin had met with representatives of the Matson Shipping Company for - as he described it - "the best safety plan" while ensuring Elvis' stay, "because we do not want anyone to be injured due to unnecessary confusion in any way."

Diskin also considered the possibility that Elvis should migrate to a small boat before the Matsonia docked. The deputy police chief Dewy O. Mookini estimated that thousands of teenagers would be at the dock to greet Presley. "To supplement the police contingent, which normally controls the traffic on the dock," said Mookini, “we have an additional contingent of bodyguards already to ask certain that these teens do not rip him. The goal is to secure the singer from the ship to bring to the car and into the hotel," he added.
When he was asked if Elvis is accompanied by a motorcycle escort of the police, he replied brusquely “he is no hero”.
(Headline from the Honolulu Star Bulletin on 6 November 1957: “Singer may switch to boat offshore”)

An hour before the Matsonia on Saturday at 09.00 AM on Pier 10 docked, Elvis gave a press conference on the ship for the reporter, who had seized the opportunity and had already went out in boats to the ship. Dressed in a white sweater, brown jacket, black trousers, well-polished black shoes with checkered socks, took Elvis - loud Orman Vertrees from Star Bulletin - very fast, the infamous scribblers into captivity. Asked about his clothes confessed Elvis:
“I’m pretty green when it comes to clothes. I don’t pay over 7$ for a shirt and 10$ for a pair of shoes. But I do plan to stock up on a Hawaiian outfit while I’m here”. A reporter asked, "How do you feel about the fact that people call you" Elvis the Pelvis ". “It is very immature and childish” said Elvis." As when a child is looking for something that rhymes with Elvis”.
His traveling companions were mostly friends from high school and around Memphis Elvis said.
“I like to have my friends along” he told the reporters. “It gives me a little touch of home. Anyway, it’s more fun to see things together. I have a long waiting list of friends who want to go with him on the road”, he said. “In fact I’ve heard from lots of so-called friends from years ago who always say “You remember me, don’t you?”
Elvis had only 3 pieces of luggage, but he estimated that the entire baggage of the whole group included 40 suitcases. When asked why he was getting there by boat, said Elvis “I don’t like airplanes. I’m scared stiff of them. In fact, we could’ve been on this one missing”. (He referred to the regular flight of the PAN AM with - including crew - 44 people on board, which crashed in the night over the Pacific and was missing.) When Elvis heard about the missing plane, he feared that the Jordanaires and the whole band have been on board of this machine, but they had taken a later flight and arrived safely in Honolulu.

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Shortly before the arrival

As the Matsonia entered the port, Elvis embraced a hula girl and posed for photos. "Let's just time," he told the reporters. "This is the best thing about this trip." A little later, the 15-year-old Snookie Skoglund from Minneapolis had pushed through the crowd to reassign him a wreath of flowers (Lei). After he gave her a kiss, warned Elvis her with the words "Honey, it’s been five days since I’ve seen a girl. You better watch out”.

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Elvis and Snookie Skoglund

The headline of the article from the Honolulu Star Bulletin Orman Vertrees was “Presley Descends to Comanche yells of 4000 Admirers as Matsonia Docks”. Meanwhile, a small boat with an outboard motor had reached the Matsonia. In it were 3 teenagers and held a banner up in the air, on which stood "Elvis go home".

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Arrival Nov. 9

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Early, already at 06.30 am, the teenager came to the pier to see Elvis arrival. Meanwhile the Matsonia approached the docks for their scheduled arrival at 09.00 am, where over 4000 screaming fans thronged to the shipyard. When the ship was insofar ready that the passengers could disembark, Elvis stopped short at the gangway, brushed the hair from his face and kissed more hula girls for the photographers.

Surrounded by his companions rushed Elvis down the gangway. Backed by a thirty-men strong squad formed the security forces a barrier and the whole gang rushed from the gangway to the waiting limousine, which departed shortly thereafter to the hotel. Not one of the assembled crowds on the pier came to get closer to Elvis feet than 12. According to police chief Mookini never before another person, who got there, were given so tight security measures. Not even former President Harry Truman.

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Pier 9 und 10 in Honolulu

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Pier 10

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Fans inside the dock waiting for Elvis

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Bob Kraus, Eddie Shermann and Elvis at Pier1o, after arrival

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Article from Eddie Shermann

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Elvis and his companions were driven to the Hawaiian Village Hotel and covered all the rooms on the top floor for the 4-day stay (per night per $ 82) Elvis had room number 14 a.
The descent in the hotel was relatively quiet as most fans remained back on the pier. Only a few teenage girls stood exactly where Elvis group arrived. One of them, Bobby Andre went to Elvis and put Lei around his neck and gave him the usual tender hello kiss. Elvis replied that kiss with a lot more passion and Bobby floated on air as she walked.

With 14 floors, the hotel was at this time the tallest building on Waikiki Beach. For the security forces it was difficult to control the large grounds and those fans that were eager to get to their idol. Normally the 18 acre large hotel complex which was almost on all sides open to the public for pedestrian, were patrolled by a 5-men strong security team.

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Hawaiian Village Hotel

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View of the Tapa Tower of the Hotel

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Elvis in his room at Hawaain Village Hotel

The Security Chief of the hotel, Al Pinoli, raised the staff during Elvis 4-day stay at a dozen men, to guard the elevators and stairs 24 hours a day. The two side entrances were blocked and protected, so that everyone who wanted to enter or exit had to go through the main entrance.
Pinoli explained that only guests were allowed access to the hotel and that all teenagers without chaperonage would be confronted with the security. "When guests invite friends, they have to come to the lobby and then be escorted up to their rooms. Absolutely no one is allowed to go up to see Presley," said Pinoli. "The teens can forget that they see Elvis up close. They will have no chance. This place is teen-proofed".
The Honolulu Star Bulletin wrote on 8 November "Fans will see but not touch Elvis."

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To protect Elvis was - whatever - not the objective of the hotel staff, as one of the officials stated "Presley brings his own guards," he said, "and that's fine for him. What we` re concerned about is the other guests and the property".
The hotel security was reinforced by some policemen who patrolled through the area. Mookini said, "It’s their job that the teenager not ravages all. The police are not here to protect Presley, but for the protection of life and property. I hope that the teenagers behave, but I trust them" and after a few seconds “but it seems that this boy is a little different than the rest of them". Of course, many female teenagers came to the hotel to find Elvis by some way or another. The Star Bulletin unwittingly helped them in their efforts, as he printed a plan in which the barricades and the guards were shown around the hotel around.

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Security plan

The only fan who knew that first day, how she could get to Elvis, was Barbara Wong, who came into the hotel with a large - built by herself -"sixty-three-foot" flower wreath (Lei). When she noticed that her idol did not answer the phone, she asked the hotel manager in tears, if he couldn’t bring the Lei up to Elvis. “Sorry, there is nothing I can do” answered the manager. Col. Parker somehow heard of Barbara's request and sent someone down to the lobby to pick up the girl and to bring her up in Elvis' room. There, she met Elvis and she could hang their lei around his neck. Parker also gave Barbara a press credential, so the next day she was able to attend the scheduled press conference.

With all the excitement of Elvis' arrival in Honolulu, the ticket sale for his two concerts began on Sunday. The shows, one in the afternoon and another in the evening, were held at the Honolulu Stadium that. At the junction of the King-u Isenberg Street was.
The tickets cost $ 2.50 to $ 3, 50 for reserved seats and $ 1.50 general admission for standing. Ticket sales began on Monday, November 4, at 08.45 am and were at Honolulu Stadium and at the Thayer Piano Company.

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The 31-year-old stadium had 24,000 seats, most of which were on the 3 sides of the large square area. The stage was opposite the main stand and allowed the 14,963 spectators of the two concerts a good look at Elvis.
The total revenues were approximately about $ 32,000, but tour promoter Lee Gordon refused to make publicly Presley’ guaranteed salary. "I cannot tell you how much" he told the press, explaining that Elvis' contract with the local promoters was confidential.

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Honolulu Stadion - also called by nickname "Termite Palace"

The friendly people of Honolulu were up to their reputation, as they were called, when they welcomed Elvis. In the newspapers there were no negative items. One that a group of residents calling for a "boycott Elvis" - similar to those in other cities where he performed in 1957 - was not printed. Two days before Elvis' Arrival, the Star Bulletin printed a letter from Brenda Matsuda, in which she called on the inhabitants Honolulu’s to receive Elvis Presley with open arms.

"The controversial Elvis Presley is coming to our Honolulu. It is a great privilege for the people of Hawaii to welcome this rare talent combined with a personality that spells solid entertainment.
With the coming of Mr. Presley, some people will find it a chance to learn what makes him "tick".
Others will prepare themselves to ridicule him and spoil the show for many who sincerely appreciate the music that made him so famous and loved by his many fans. Anti-Presleyites find it impossible to understand the pro-Presleyites because the latter find it a blessing just to listen to the Presley sounds.
But toleration should be expressed instead of obstinacy. What impression will Mr. Presley have of the people of Hawaii if he is confronted with adversity? I hope that the people will give a warm aloha to Elvis Presley". (Honolulu Star Bulletin 7.November)

After Elvis' arrival, on the weekend, in the Star Bulletin was a full-page ad with the headline "Aloha Elvis - Hawaii welcome you" - along with a list of RCA Victor dealers in the area of Oahu, Hawaii, Kauai, Maui and Molokei (the Hawaiian Islands). The advertisement also included the announcement of Elvis' concert on Sunday and of his latest film "Jailhouse Rock", which should be seen shortly in the Waikiki movie theater. An "Elvis Special Souvenir Extra" edition of The Star Bulletin, whose cover was a frontal photo of Elvis, was sold at the stadium on Sunday and included a dozen articles about Elvis and completed so the coverage of its two Sunday concerts.

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On Sunday, the 10th November dawned a cloudy day in Honolulu - with predicting of sporadic, light rain showers in the afternoon and evening. The wind at the stage makes the juggler number of Chicago's Comedian Howard Hardin, who was the opening number and the Conference program, a spanner in the works. Except Hardin and the Jordanaires, the other opening acts were all local artists. Ray Tanaka and his 11-men strong orchestra played the Opening Medley and supported Elvis after the break. Other performing artists were the "Hula Cop" Sterling Mossman, dancer/singer Kaui Barret and Phyllis Brooks, Eddie Spencer's "Queen's Men Surf floor show and the sword- and fire dancer Kui Lee.

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Variety magazine's preview of the event attributed it to the Jordanaires that they heaved the show on a level of rock 'n' roll, but criticized the quartet for his weak comedic attempts and the repetition of their own recordings. "They're good enough to get by on their own wares singing alone" Variety's critic concluded. Tom Moffat has been selected to present Elvis in the afternoon show and Ron Jacobs would do the same in the evening show. Moffat, wearing a white jacket, took the stage, where the cheering crowd already knew that Elvis' appearance would take place soon. Moffat recalls: "Where is he?" I said, whereupon the colonel replied, "Just announce him."

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Elvis and Tom Moffat

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Elvis and Ron Jacobs

As always, when Elvis appeared in an open-air stage, he rode in a limousine to the stage. Elvis, dressed in his golden jacket with a black shirt, pants and shoes, entered the stage and shook a little - just as he wanted to test the audience. The teenager exploded and broke into loud screams in response. "From then on, the show was similar to a kind of primitive religious ceremony, "said Bob Kraus, critic of The Adviser "and the audience raised himself into a growing ecstasy".

A girl behind Kraus screamed constantly," Oh Elvis, you're killing me. I cannot stand it, I cannot stand it.... "Elvis' final convinced Kraus that Elvis Presley was an expert in creating a mass hysteria. He wrote" Presley threw his hips around, wobbled his knees, flopped his shoulders and shook all over until girls in the state were hopping up and down with excitement. "The headline in the Honolulu Advertiser on 11 November was" Hipster Hexes Hysterical Hepster ".
When Elvis sat on the edge of the stage, the teenager pushed forward, and when he jumped down into the grass, they jumped on their chairs to get a better look at him. Elvis leaned over the barricade between him and his fans to kiss a girl. He sat on a hat from Coconut leaves that gave him another fan. When his song was over, he jumped into his waiting car and disappeared into the mist. Despite the chaos Kraus saw in Elvis' appearance nothing indecent. "He was relaxed but not lewd" closed Kraus.
Elvis' dynamic conclusion also impressed Tom Moffat. "He sang this slow, sexy version of Hound Dog," said the DJ. "He jumped off the stage and sang for the audience. Barriers were not like today, but only a piece of fence. You could see Elvis through the fence. He was on his knees and sang.... of all rock 'n' roll shows that I made ... it was that rock 'n' roll moment ".

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Excerpts of an eyewitness account of the Afternoon Show:
Elvis came on stage, wearing the gold lame jacket, with black pants and shoes and warmed one's Hawaiian fans right. Every movement, every shrug and every smile was supported by enthusiastic cries of his fans. Elvis was about 40 minutes on the stage and sang a number of his current hits. In his closing number "Hound Dog", he jumped off the stage on the lawn of the stadium and ended the show lying in the grass. Then he kissed briefly some girl and jumped into a waiting car, which drove him out of the Honolulu Stadium".

Assignable songs of the afternoon show on November 10:

Heartbreak Hotel
I Was The One
I Got A Woman
Blue Suede Shoes
That's When Your Heartaches Begin
Don't Be Cruel
Jailhouse Rock
Hound Dog

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After the matinee Elvis gave in the Carousel Room of the Hawaiian Village hotels another press conference. Cobey Black was there to get a story for her "Who'new" column in The Star-Bulletin. Elvis came 15 minutes late and what gave Cobey time to talk with Barbara Wong, who arrived an hour early to get a seat in the front row. Again with a sixty-three-foot great Lei and a pair of binoculars, she told Cobey. that she has not slept in four days. "Ohhhh", sighed Barbara, as Cobey asked her what she sees in Elvis."His dreamy look, his voice, his Southern accent, just all. He is a very lively MAN! “

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Elvis with Barbara Wong and another fan

Cobey Black: "
Elvis was 15 minutes late for his press conference at the Hawaiian Village,
which gave me time to chat with a young lady who had arrived an hour early
to assure herself of a front row seat.
"I'm Barbara Wong, President of the Kaneohe Elvis Presley Fan Club,"
said the pony-tailed teenager, adjusting a 63-foot lei and a pair of binoculars
She was wearing a pink dress appliqued with profiles of Elvis in black.
"Pink and black, his favorite colors", she sighed. "I made it myself when Love Me Tender came out.
I've written him a letter every week for two years. He answered one. I haven't had a wink of sleep for four days." She turned a pair of glazed eyes on me in proof of her sleepless devotion.
"Just what do you see in Elvis?", I asked.
"Ohhhh," she moaned. "His dreamy looks. His voice. His southern accent. He's just a livin' man!"

At this time, Elvis - conservatively dressed in a gray jacket over a black shirt that was open at the neck, light beige trousers and black shoes - entered the room.

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RCA Representant Arte Kaye at the press conference , Nov. 10

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Elvis' face covered by lipstick from kisses of his fans

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"When Elvis walked into the room, Barbara threw herself" -according to Cobey Black - "at the neck like a cream cake". The journalists felt uncomfortable just like Elvis, who was like a Laocoon in the wrap of Miss Wong and her huge line and tried to free himself.

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Finally, he broke up with gentle force and carried her to her seat in the front row. He took a few steps back to the table, sat down at the table and swinging his legs as he turned to his audience and said, "Any question" and Barbara replied quickly, "Yes Elvis. Did you get my letters and teddy bear? “. He replied softly, "I got the teddy bear" and quickly changed the subject.

Q: Do you like Hawaii?
E: I love it. If I can move, I'll move here... if they'll ever deport me. I never realized that I'd be in Hawaii. I heard of the place...
Q: What do you think of the local fans ?
E: Teriffic! I want to say my reception in Hawaii was one of the most well-behaved of my career. I've been on stage long enough to tell if an audience has manners, and today I could have safely leapt off the stage into the midst of them.
Q: What are your vital statistics?
E: Six feet tall, I reckon, and 180 pounds.
Q: Do you exercise when you're not singing?
E: No. That's enough.
Q: What are your favorite colors?
E: Depends on what it is. Cars I like in loud colors, clothes in dark colors.
Q: How often do you have a haircut?
E: Not very often. And when I do, it doesn't look like a haircut.
Q: What is your ambition?
E: My ambition is to be a good actor. But I'll never put my singing second 'caus that's what gave me the opportunity to become an actor.. .I sing a lot at home... I think that I'm learning more. . . I enjoy making movies.
Q: What do you think of your film, "Love Me Tender?
E: I was miscast. I shouldn't have been in it. It was rushed...
Q: What's your favorite song?
E: My favorite recorded tune is "Don't Be Cruel. I also like "You'll Never Walk Alone" and " Til " .
Q: Do you think of your fans when you are at a recording session or performing,on stage?
E: You have to think of them to try to get songs that people will like.
Q: Did you invent Rock In' Roll?
E: I explored it. It existed long before I did. It was called Rhythm and Blues. I just tried a new interpretation.
Q: What's your ancestry?
E: Irish, I reckons and some Italian. Never gave it a thought.
Q: What's the first thing you'll look for in your wife?
E: Female.
Q:How about her Southern cooking?
E: I don't like fried chicken. I like pineapples and Coconuts.
Q: Has Success affected your life?
E: Of course. I never realized anything like this was possible... that I'd ever be in Hawaii or Las Vegas or Hollywood. It's quite a change to jump into this stuff. If you're not careful., you'll crack up.
Q: Is it true you're asking $100,000 for a TV appearance ?
E: I'll have to ask my manager. Colonel Parker brought out the fact that why be on TV and let 60 million people see me free when we charge the movie makers so they can charge the audience to see me. Understand? I don't.
Q: Do you feel an obligation to your public?
E: I do feel an obligation. I'm very careful not to do anything that would disappoint my fans.I behave myself all the time. People have preconceived ideas about me... it's natural. I've often said I won't like that person, and then found out he's a nice guy.
Q: What's your -reaction to those older people who don't like you?
E: I can't please everybody. Maybe they're Pat Boone fans.

The article/ headline from Cobey Black in Honolulu Star Bulletin appeared on 11 November and was: "Tender Love Him Like A Tiger".

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Further back in the crowd sat Lynn Clausen, a reporter who was responsible for the women's side of the Star Bulletin. Although she was not a real Elvis fan, she came to see if Elvis could "appeal" a girl in his own age. "I came, I saw - and I was really impressed," she said. First of all, he is handsome, better than in his pictures - tall, broad-shouldered and narrow-hipped, with deep-set blue eyes, framed by long lashes and praised his good manners .Elvis is really charming, he has a slow, almost hesitant smile that will fit to speak to its kind. And he has a way of throwing you a long look from the side before he answers. He is always tactful, never enters someone's toes and also does not hurt anyone. "
Lynn Clausen`article in Honolulu Star Bulletin, 12 November was: Elvis is "The Most" Says New Presley Fan.

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Unlike Lynn Clausen, who judged Elvis from the perspective of a young woman, Barbara Wong saw him only through the veil of boundless reverence. After they had given him a 6-feet-long banner of his fans from the neighboring islands, Barbara begged to be allowed to even ask another question before the press conference was over.
“What is your reaction to this article in a fan magazine," she asked Elvis. Cobey Black thought that she perceived a tremor in Barbara's voice when she began to read:
“Elvis takes his dates with home and travels with them to a secluded place where he give them the kind of" love-me-tender "- kiss, a girl would not fight against...." Col. Parker stood up, broke in and said "That's enough! Would the radio people come forward and ask their questions." Undeterred Barbara took a chain from her neck, pushed her way through the DJ's over to Elvis, put a chain around his neck and said, "I wear this necklace constantly" while she made fast the shutter. "I want you to wear them, Elvis. It's my lucky charm made of ivory."

Lynn Clausen positive impression of Elvis was reinforced when she asked for an autograph. "Amiable and he came quickly after the request," she reported, "and even wrote my name on it and before I could thank him, he thanked me for it because I" asked for it "and finally concluded that he was really a young woman as they "turn on" could.
"He's really just a very nice boy, this soft-spoken, good-looking idol of the younger set. In fact, minus pompadour and sideburns, he's something even a young lady his own age would not mind taking home to mother. "

About the evening show reported Variety: "From the moment where he jumped onto the stage, they devour him from the hand of. His casual style contradicted all rules of showbiz, but his supporters squealed with delight over every gesture and every movement, even if he turned his back to the audience.”
Walt Christie reported for the Star Bulletin on the evening show. He judged Elvis as a "pre-sale attraction" and predicted that once his fanatical fan base would reduce, Presley could emerge as an extremely competent singer.
Those who were sitting close to the stage had to shield their eyes from the headlights that were installed in the field, as these were addressed directly to this audience and dazzled them.
Despite the lights, the poor stage lighting, the weak speaker system, two showers and swirling dust, it seems as if the enthusiasm of the audience is undiminished. Christie described Elvis' stage antics as follows: "He scratched his ear - and the unbridled screams of the audience echoed through the packed full Honolulu Stadium He shrugged a shoulder in his shimmering jacket - and the girls jumped almost into their seats and down. ., it seems as if Elvis would enjoy all this hero worship. At times, one wonders how he manages to keep a straight face while watching the audience. He brought them with his well-known songs to "rocking 'n' rolling. Surprisingly, he spent more time at the piano than with his guitar. It was not just the teenagers who made "uuh" and "aah" and shouted to the rhythm of his songs and the loose movement of his legs. Many mothers of teenagers were doing exactly the same". A seven or 8-year-old girl, who sat next to the reporter also made exactly the same as all others. Christie’s article in the Honolulu Star Bulletin was:
"Presley Proves He's" King "To Squealing Teen-Agers".

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The evening performance was an even bigger success than the afternoon show was already. 15,000 fans attended the evening show at Honolulu Stadium, and the 22-year-old Elvis Presley pulled them with all his songs and movements in the spell.

Assignable songs of the evening show:

I Got A Woman
Love Me
I Was The One
Love Me Tender
Jailhouse Rock
Blue Suede Shoes
Hound Dog
Teddy Bear
Don’t Be Cruel.

After his Sunday night appearance, Elvis went back to his suite at the Hawaiian Village Hotel. For the next evening was planned another show which was meant for the soldiers and their families. While he was in the 14th Stock relaxing, was the hotel security with the never-ending attempts of his fans to contact him, confronted. The security forces intercept about 300 teenagers who tried to reach his, like a fortress guarded, penthouse. By using the service lift, some of them managed to enter into the forbidden floor value, but where they were caught by the hotel security.
The hotel switchboard received hundreds of calls for Elvis, some of which came from the neighboring Hawaiian Islands. When Elvis arrived at the hotel, waiting for him thousands of letters that arrived before his arrival there and still hundreds more met in the next few days for him.


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Monday the 11th November was the "Veterans Day", the memorial to the end of the 2nd World War, and Elvis. which also had to begin his military service shortly, was fittingly his last stage show of the 50's this evening in Schofield Barracks, a 17725 acre Army Areal, which was in the mountains north of Pearl Harbor, in the northern part of Oahu.

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Macomb Gate. Main Entrance at the Schofields Barracks

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Schofields Barracks

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The Boxing Bowl

Some of the Schofield artists helped with the process of opening the show. The Lightningaires Band supported the background music and a five-member vocal group, "The Lucky Charm", sang some songs. When Elvis took the stage for his last show of the 50’s, he was dressed in a pearl gray suit with black shirt, striped socks and dark shoes. None of Honolulu's newspapers reported on this Monday night concert and the only review of the show appeared in the paper Schofield's post "The Hawaiian Lightning News" 3 days later.

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Elvis at the Boxing Bowl, November 11, 1957

A review of Elvis' final show, written by an unknown reporter, was very positive:

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Article of November 14, 1957 in Hawaiian Lightening News

“Elvis Rocks The Bowl – You gotta give it to him. He’s a great showman”

Elvis Presley, the one man hurricane who took the rhythm and blues and turned it into a multi-million rock ‘n’ roll rampage, literally wiggled his way into the Post Bowl Monday night and shook up the some 10.000 squealing, screaming fans. The hottest thing to hit this post since Honest John, Elvis led his audience, majority teen-girls, into a state of mass hysteria. The loose-jointed idol, dressed in a pearl gray suit and black shirt with his guitar in hand shimmied and clowned his way through histop hit tunes. His rendition of “Jailhouse Rock” brought the house down, he thres his hips, wobbled his knees, flopped his shoulders then shook and rolled. The more he rolled – the more the audience screamed. Elvis sang were “Hound Dog”, “Don’t Be Cruel”, “Teddy Bear”, Heartbreak Hotel” and “Love Me”.

Because Elvis sailed not back to the mainland until Wednesday, he had a free day on Tuesday. Meanwhile it was obvious, that for him - as always - it was not possible to go for surfing or swimming at the beach. a wish that he mentioned in his telegram of the Matsonia.
Because groups of teenagers buzz around day and night everywhere in the hotel grounds, Elvis took his meals in his hotel room. Of course, Elvis couldn't expect that they let him in peace, so that it would be possible for him to spend some time alone on the beach - like all the other tourists. One afternoon, replied Elvis the familiar cries "we want Elvis", came from a group of teenagers at the beach - which was below his hotel room - in his own way (logic, that Barbara Wong also belonged to this group too). He went out on his balcony and started throwing down to the girls souvenirs. Among the things he threw down were records, album covers, two ties. a beach towel and a handkerchief. Since there was not enough items for all the girls, they broke the records into pieces, ripped the album covers, cut the ties to pieces and the tissue into small pieces so that they all had a souvenir of Elvis.

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Fans with Souvenirs.

Later in the day, which was his last in Hawaii, Elvis appeared on the beach. Gordon Stoker of the Jordanaires remembers what happened next:
"He wanted to go to the beach and we encouraged him to come with us. And so he came, well coiffed as always, with us down. When we got to the beach, not many people were at that time on the beach. First, no one came to him, but soon the older women came to him and asked for an autograph, "Sign this for my kids, not for me, but for my kids“. You know how it begins, and so he left the beach.

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Elvis with Velma Fisher at Wakkiki Beach, both traveled with the Matsonia

Stoker said that - if Elvis had came down into a panel like an old hat and dark glasses - maybe no one would have recognized him. Although Stoker later thought that Elvis would have been disappointed, if no one would have approached him. This incident is just one example of how paradoxical Elvis' life was and how he became a prisoner of his growing fame, the fame he had wanted so much.

The next day at 4 pm Elvis left Hawaii aboard the USS Lurline. The security was minimal, only the normal number of police patrol profiled at Pier 10. "We had no request for more security forces," said Police Chief Mookini. Col Parker explained the reduced security forces with his confidence in the Hawaiian hospitality and the fact that on Wednesday the school continued until about 3 pm in the afternoon. Anyway, one student made no attempt to attend school that day. She had already made six 3-foot-wide Leis for Elvis and also gave them to him. But she had already planned to skip school to have more time for the production of another Lei that she wanted to hand over Elvis at his departure.


As it turned out, there were an estimated 5,000 fans of Elvis' departure. That was 1000 more than when he arrived four days earlier. The entire pier was filled from top to bottom, and the whole crowd sang "We want Elvis" and "Elvis, Elvis, Elvis yeah".
The Star Bulletin reported that the singer signed autographs, kissed trembling lips, as a steady stream of fans showered him with Leis. Many of the fans were allowed - as far as space was available - to go on board until about 30 minutes before departure. Flanked by two of his bodyguards, Elvis greeted the fans in the cabin corridor outside his cabin. After f visitors went off board, loyal fans were still standing on the pier to catch a last glimpse of their idol. As the ship took off at the pier, the band played "To Your Sweetheart Aloha". and Elvis appeared near the captain's bridge on the railing.
Dressed in a colorful Hawaiian shirt, he threw kisses and flowers to the slowly receding crowd of people on the pier. Barbara Wong was also among the fans that Elvis, who was leaning against the railing, said good-bye. For the 17-year-old fan club president, it was the culmination of four magical days. She had seen her idol every day - in his hotel room, on the stage, on the press conference, at the beach and on board of the ship. Her collection of souvenirs included a pink beach towel, pieces of his tie and records, which he had, threw down from his balcony to the fans, and a blue and white shirt that Elvis had handed herself.

The headline in the Honolulu Star Bulletin, 14 November "Pony-Tail Sets Rocks Pier 10 As Idol Elvis Presley Sails Away". The article by Shirley Hutton in the Honolulu Star Bulletin on 15 November was: "Elvis Is Gone, But The Memory - And Troubles -. Linger For No. 1 fan."
In the article she was referring on Barbara Wong, whose hooky took disciplinary action by the Director of the Castle High School, Clarence Watson. The punishment by her parents was that she was not allowed to participate in the Castle Kailua High School football game, a very important social event for the students of both schools.
"I cannot help me, "said Barbara," but it was almost as if I was not who did these things. But I did it for Elvis and I would do it again. "It seemed as could her parents understand her." It was not right that our girl has skipped school, "said her stepfather, James McGinley," but her mother and I are actually pretty proud that our small, quiet Barbara did all the things she planned to do".

After a short break in Las Vegas, Elvis traveled back to Memphis, where on 20th December, a month after his departure from Hawaii, he received his draft notice.

Tour promoter Lee Gordon, who remained a few days after Elvis 'departure in Honolulu, told the press that Elvis “really liked it here" and that in his heart he always has a soft spot for Hawaii.

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Al Dvorin, Col. Parker, Lee Gordon and Tom Diskin

In the coming years, Elvis came more often to Hawaii. Shortly after his release from military service, he came for a charity concert in aid of the USS Arizona Memorial Found 1961 back to Hawaii. Three of his films in the 60s were shot at different locations in Hawaii, just like his broadcasted worldwide by satellite TV concert special “Aloha From Hawaii” in 1973. Hawaii was his favorite holiday destination during his whole lifetime.

When, on the morning of 13 November 1957 stood at the rail and watched how the island of Oahu slowly disappeared on the western horizon, he saw an uncertain future.
He would continue to take it from one to the other day - just as he did in this year of incredible success. That he was aware of the importance of his live shows, their effect and its influence on all those people who saw his shows, was aware of, I do not think so.

During his career, Elvis toured to an extent that was not only very tiring, but also exhausted him totally. His tours in the spring of 1957 through the Midwest and Canada is a good example. At night, travel to and occur almost every day. He made 10 days in 14 cities in 8 shows.
In contrast, the non-planned trip to Hawaii was downright cozy: 3 shows in 2 weeks.

Source: Scotty Moore, Alan Hanson, Visit Hawaii Com., Rex Martin

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The next time when Elvis performed and rocked Hawaii were in 1961.

I have added the report again with more facts and pictures. So read and enjoy. :hello:



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GREAT POSTING!!! THIS IS VERY INTERESTING, REVEALING OF THE YOUNG ELVIS WHO WAS THE SAME THEN AS LATER IN LIFE. I APPRECIATE SO MUCH ANGEL EYES THE WORK AND TIME YOU HAVE SPENT IN PUTTING THESE FANTASTIC STORIES AND INTERVIEWS RELATING TO ELIVS' EARLY HISTORY AND THROUGHOUT HIS LIFE.

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Your welcome Wanda. It's my pleasure to show not only Elvis the artist but also Elvis the person. Too much lies are told of him and he deserves it that the truth comes on light.
And if I can bring some light into all the myth, lies and half-truth that surround him and giving some my unknown fact then I have achieved my goal.

Thanks for your comment and kind words. :love:

I will continue with his performance in 1961 in Hawaii - just need a little more time... :hello:



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:hello: :shock: All I can Say is WOW and Thank You So Much For this Fantastic Piece, it sure does Show So Much What Elvis was Really Like and I so Hope this Gives Elvis The Respect He Has Been With Out! I can't Wait to read what else you Post, and That God Blesses You Angel Eyes for Doing this For Elvis. :love:



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Thank you AngelEyes for another great post. I'm sure all your hard work for us is a labor our love but, just want you to know it is greatly appreciated.
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