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Blue Hawaii

Blue Hawaii

Elvis Presley’s eighth film was ”Blue Hawaii”, filmed in the tropical paradise of the Hawaiian islands of Oahu and Kauai. ”Blue Hawaii” was Elvis’ biggest commercial success. With fourteen songs, more than any other Elvis film, the soundtrack album spent a total of 79 weeks on Billboard’s pop album chart, with 20 of those weeks at #1.
Filming for ”Blue Hawaii” began on March 27, 1961 in the lush islands of Hawaii. Location shooting took place on the islands of Oahu and Kauai and was finished by April 17th. The cast and crew then returned to Hollywood where filming continued until May 23rd. The original working title of the film was ”Hawaiian Beach Boy”.
After two years in the army Chad Gates (Elvis), heir of an pineapple-plantation, returns to Honolulu. According his family he has to take over the plantation and marry a girl of his own standing. But he wants to achieve something by his own and starts a job as a travelagent, on the same agency where is friend Maile (Joan Blackman) works. He goes his own way and finally he starts his own business together with Maile.
The famous wedding scene was shot on Kauai at the Coco Palms Resort Hotel which had been in operation since 1953. Unfortunately, the resort closed after Kauai was hit with devastating Hurricane Iniki in September 1992. In the 1800s, the land where the Coco Palms is located was the ancestral home of Kauai’s last reigning queen, Queen Deborah Kapule. The ”Call to Feast” featured in the film with its ceremonial torch lighting had taken place there every night at 7:30 PM for 40 years until Iniki hit.
Elvis loved Hawaii. It was one of his favourite places to vacation and this movie provides us with a glimpse into the beauty of these islands. That combined with the romantic tropical music Elvis sings creates within us all the desire to visit ”Blue Hawaii”.
Elvis’ leading lady in ”Blue Hawaii” was Joan Blackman, who played Maile Duval.

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