Thursday, January 10 – Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Experience five days and six nights at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach and enjoy the perfect mix of exceptional resort accommodations, classic Hawaiian hospitality and the best Elvis-themed entertainment in the world. And best of all, the package is all-inclusive unless otherwise stated. Need to arrive early or stay later? We’ve arranged a special rate just for our guests.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Arrive at Hotel
Arrive in Hawai‘i like a VIP as you are greeted by a member of the Elvis in Hawai‘i Team and presented with a beautiful fresh flower lei. You'll be escorted in baggage claim to an air-conditioned luxury motor coach waiting to transport you directly to the Hilton Hawaiian Village Resort. As you settle in for the short drive, Elvis music becomes the background for the sights and sounds of your first day in paradise.
Our expert staff, which includes associates from EPE, will be available to assist you during the duration of our stay to make certain Hawai‘i never turns blue for you. The Elvis in Hawai‘i Service Center will be conveniently located in the lobby of the Hilton Tapa Tower where your room will be located. Hours of operation will be from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily and we’ll provide information, restaurant reservations, rental car assistance and schedule private excursions. We’ll be turning the Hilton Tapa Tower into an Elvis paradise so, as you arrive and begin to unwind, Andy Childs will be live on the Tapa Stage. This will be the perfect spot for your first tropical cocktail. By the way, The Blue Hawai‘i drink was invented in 1957 by Harry Yee, the legendary head bartender of the Hilton Hawaiian Village!
*Alcohol is not included in the vacation package
Aloha Concert and Dance
The first night, kick-off your once-in-a-lifetime trip with live Elvis music! You will hear the sound of the pu or conch shell to commence the Aloha Concert and Dance which will feature Terry Mike Jeffrey and band, Andy Childs,Jamie Aaron Kelley, and lots of surprises. The evening also includes heavy Hawaiian pupu or hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. You’ll dance the night away with all your favorite Elvis fans, movie co-stars and friends of Elvis. This will be a great place to make a lot of new friends who enjoy your same passion - Elvis Presley!
Friday, January 11, 2013
Breakfast at the Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon
You won’t want to sleep in on your first full day on the island so we’ll have a tropical breakfast on the Great Lawn of the Hilton Hawaiian Village featuring breath-taking views of the recently rejuvenated Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon, Elvis music and special guests.
We want to provide plenty of opportunity for you to relax and enjoy the Hilton resort so after breakfast you can shop, take a morning walk along the beach, or go for a swim at the pool next to the outdoor Tapa Stage where Jamie Aaron Kelley will fill the air with the sounds of Elvis music.
Elvis' Favorite Tourist Spots
How about a Hawaiian road trip? You’ll board a luxurious motor coach and visit the sights and sounds of Elvis’ Hawai‘i! And to make it even more unique, the team from the Graceland archives have created a special video and audio presentation that features rarely-seen home movie footage of Elvis himself touring the island! Your tour guide will also be on hand to point out the sites and share information.
Your first stop is world-renowned Waikiki Beach next to Le‘ahi or Diamond Head, the mountain featured prominently as the backdrop of “Blue Hawaii.”
Your next stop will be a visit to Hanauma Bay, where a good portion of the beach scenes were filmed for “Blue Hawaii.” Get your camera ready because although the shack where Chad and Maile changed into their swimsuits is long gone, the beach at Hanauma Bay remains just as breathtaking with its white sand and turquoise waters. Elvis also returned there in August of 1965 to film the helicopter rescue scene with Donna Butterworth for the movie “Paradise Hawaiian Style.” Also included will be locations from “Girls, Girls!, Girls!”
We’ll continue along the eastern coastline with a stop by the “Blow Hole” to view a spectacular seawater eruption from a natural saltwater geyser and then on to the famous Sandy and Makapuu Beaches that are known for their excellent body surfing.
You’ll then proceed through the historic Waimanalo community and continue a little further up the east coast to Lanikai beach where Elvis rented a private home during his last Hawaiian vacation in March of 1977.
As we wind our way to Central Oahu, you’ll visit Punchbowl Crater and the National Memorial of the Pacific. You’ll discover a world of contrast as you tour Honolulu’s bustling Downtown area and historic Chinatown right next door.
Enjoy Hawaiian Attractions
Our final stop before returning to the hotel is at Hilo Hattie where you will be able to view the “exclusive” Elvis section and enjoy an Elvis-themed shopping excursion like nothing you have ever experienced before. We have some very special surprises in store for you there.
After you return to the Hilton there is plenty to do Friday night. You can enjoy a free Elvis Hawaii movie screening, an evening walk along the beach or visit Kalakaua Avenue and check out the local attractions likeTeddy Bear World or Hard Rock Cafe. The Royal Hawaiian Center is conveniently located in the heart of Waikiki. Everything mentioned plus lots more is located within walking distance of the Hilton or cabs are available at the hotel.
Legends in Concert Waikiki is also presenting a spectacular tribute to the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll featuring some of the best tribute artists in the world at the Royal Hawaiian Theater on Friday, January 11 and Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 8:15 p.m. at the Royal Hawaiian Theater. Tickets and special packages will be available soon.
*Tickets to Legends in Concert Elvis show must be purchased separately.
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Saturday is going to be a day full of unique and interesting people and places connected to Elvis and his love of Hawai‘i.
Conversations on Elvis - Hawaiian Style
First, you’ll take a quick drive to the Royal Hawaiian Center where you’ll take your seat at the newly renovated Royal Hawaiian Theater for a very special“Conversations on Elvis – Hawaiian Style.” Hosted by Elvis fan favorite Joey Sulipeck, special guests currently scheduled include: celebrated Hawaiian DJ who brought Elvis to Hawai‘i, Tom Moffatt; Jerry Hopkins, author of “Elvis in Hawai‘i”; Jan Shepard, Elvis’ co-star in “King Creole” and “Paradise, Hawaiian Style”; former members of the group J. D. Sumner and The Stamps Quartetwho sang back up for Elvis in the 1970s and were part of Elvis’ “Aloha from Hawai‘i” concert; and more will be added to the list soon.
Tour the USS Arizona Memorial
After you return to the Hilton for a short break, you’ll board one of the luxury motor coaches for a journey to the USS Arizona Memorial located at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu. As a special treat, your ride will include a unique video presentation about Elvis and the USS Arizona created just for you by the archivists at Graceland.
The visit to the USS Arizona Memorial will be a moving experience. The USS Arizona Memorial marks the resting place of 1,102 of the 1,177 sailors killed on the USS Arizona during the attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and commemorates the events of that day.
In 1949, one of the goals of the Pacific War Memorial Commission was the building a memorial in the waters above the wreckage of the USS Arizona. Years later, Colonel Tom Parker, working with Tom Moffat, coordinated an Elvis concert as a benefit for the project. Elvis' benefit would raise nearly $65,000 for the memorial building fund. All proceeds went directly to the project, without anything held for expenses. Even Elvis and Colonel Parker purchased a ticket for the concert!
To Elvis it was always a source of quiet satisfaction and pride to know that he had a significant role in making the memorial possible.
In addition to touring the memorial, you’ll find the two new state-of-the-art exhibit galleries "Road to War" and "Attack" something you won’t want to miss. These galleries display personal memorabilia, dramatic photographs, artifacts of the battle and other exhibits.
There will be lots of surprises and other parts of this visit that will be announced soon.
Additionally, the first-ever Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest preliminary held in Hawaii will take place on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 8 p.m. This event will be hosted by Legends in Concert Waikiki and will take place at the recently-renovated Royal Hawaiian Theater located at The Royal Hawaiian Center just a few blocks from the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Information on how to enter and ticket packages and prices will be available soon.
Sunday, January 13, 2013
We’re taking the “gospel singings” that Elvis loved so much and adding a tropical spin. You’ll board the luxury bus and head to church - Elvis style! We’ll celebrate one of Elvis’ favorite styles of music with one of his favorite gospel groups. Live on stage will be former members of the group J.D. Sumner and The Stamps Quartet: Bill Baize, Ed Hill, Larry Strickland and Donnie Sumner. The group was featured prominently in the concert and album “Aloha from Hawai‘i.” Joining them that morning will be Terry Mike Jeffrey, Andy Childs,Jamie Aaron Kelley and lots of surprises. It will be a magical morning Elvis fans will be talking about for years to come.
Take an Excursion
We’ve saved Sunday afternoon and evening for you to head out on your own or with friends to explore the island by choosing one of the many excursions available* or hanging out at the Tapa pool where you can hear Terry Mike Jeffrey live on the Tapa Stage.
From the Star of Honolulu Dinner Cruise* to a lu‘au at the Hilton, there are many options of fun things to do in Honolulu. To make it easy, the Elvis Hawai‘i Team will be at the service desk to assist you with reservations and planning and we’ve made special arrangements so your excursions will be both fun and economical.
*Additional excursions are not included in the price of the package.
And don’t forget Legends in Concert Waikiki is also presenting a spectacular tribute to the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll featuring the winner of the first-ever Hawaiian preliminary of The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist along with some of the best tribute artists in the world on Sunday at 8:15 p.m. at the Royal Hawaiian Theater. Tickets and special packages will be available soon.
Monday, January 14, 2013
Autograph Session and Elvis Pool Party
Now that you’ve spent a few days with Elvis’ co-stars, personal friends and musicians on the island he loved, did you miss your chance to get an autograph? Never fear! Monday morning we’ll have an autograph session so you can get favorite island memento signed by each and every one of our special guests!
Tonight is the big night and one of the main reasons we are Hawai‘i so you don’t want to overdo it. It’s time for an Elvis pool party! A DJ will be poolside spinning Elvis tunes and leading you in games of BINGO, trivia and lots of other fun activities.
Aloha From Hawaii 40th Anniversary Concert
Monday evening you’ll board the luxury motor coach and head to the Neil Blaisdell Arena, formerly the Honolulu International Center, for an amazing once-in-a-lifetime experience.
“Aloha from Hawaii” was broadcast live via satellite exactly 40 years ago this night, on January 14, 1973. It is regarded as the most watched broadcast by an individual entertainer in television history. The concert took place right there where you’ll be, the Neal S. Blaisdell Arena, and aired in over 40 countries across Asia and Europe.
There is nothing like the experience of gathering with Elvis Presley fans from around the world and watching the magic of his performance as a group. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of this remarkable show, you’ll experience the screening of “Aloha from Hawai‘i” in incredible high-definition re-mastered video created to project on multiple screens with audio presented in Dolby 5.1 surround sound. The original show has been edited to create a new experience that will be just like being there 40 years ago. Included will be rarely-seen footage and audio that, when combined with footage of Elvis on stage, will remind even the biggest fans why they call him the king!
You’ll be saying “Mahalo” as you board the luxury shuttle that evening and head back to The Hilton Hawaiian Village - exactly like Elvis did in 1973.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
You’ve celebrated Elvis in Hawai‘i, made friends from around the world, discovered lots of new things about Elvis and had pretty much the best vacation you have ever experienced.
It’s never fun to leave, but we’re making it as simple and easy as possible. The Elvis in Hawai‘i team will make certain our shuttles get you to the airport with VIP service including bag handling.
We’ll be at the Elvis in Hawai‘i Service desk all day to make sure everyone has a simple and easy experience leaving the Hilton and getting to the airport and headed home - until the next Elvis experience.
*All events are subject to change.