Elvis Presley's "Aloha Cape" cape from his "Aloha from Hawaii" concert. Graceland's "Aloha from Hawaii " exhibit which features never-before-seen footage of Elvis, several of his jumpsuits worn during his concerts in Hawaii, and color footage of Elvis' first Hawaiian concert. | Jessica Koscielniak ~ Sun-Times ORG XMIT: 0024404
IF YOU GO
Graceland — Elvis Presley’s landmark Memphis home is open year-round; various tour options include the “Elvis Entourage VIP Tour,” “The Graceland PlatinumTour” and “The Graceland Mansion Tour.” Visit www.elvis.com/graceland or call (800) 238-2000. Hotel packages (tour tickets, hotel-stay combos) also are available at the nearby Heartbreak Hotel. Visit wwwelvis.com/save.
Planning to visit Elvis Presley’s Graceland mansion home this year? There are two new exhibits to entice newcomers and veteran visitors alike.
The newest exhibit, “Elvis’ Hawaii: Concerts, Movies and More!” celebrates the 40th anniversary of Presley’s iconic “Aloha from Hawaii” 1973 concert and his lifelong affection for the islands. The exhibit features never-before-seen footage of his 1957 trip and two-week concert series there, plus memorabilia from his films “Blue Hawaii” and “Paradise, Hawaiian-Style,” and from the “Aloha” concert, including the famous red, white and blue eagle-emblazoned cape that wound up in an audience member’s hands (it has since found its way back to the Presley estate).
An 18-karat gold and onyx pendant from the Kui Lee Cancer Fund (the beneficiary of the 1973 concert) presented to Presley in appreciation for his charitable efforts, also is featured in the exhibit.
The second exhibit, “Elvis: Live From Las Vegas,” features memorabilia, costumes and footage from Presley’s long and storied career in the desert playground. The exhibit boasts part of the 30-foot marquee that once stood outside the New Frontier Hotel in 1957 heralding Presley’s concert appearance; his jumpsuit worn on stage in 1970 at the International Hotel; his “Leather and Chains” suit from an August 1970 concert there; his three-piece Spanish Flower suit worn in 1972; the “Country Gentleman” Gretsch guitar used for his return to Las Vegas in 1969; and rare memorabilia including hotel receipts, show programs and tickets. Also on display is a sterling silver/gold overlay belt with diamonds and sapphires presented to Presley by the International Hotel in honor of the singer breaking all attendance records in Las Vegas during his sold-out shows there.