It was announced that Elvis Presley would be making his first visit to the islands and he'd be performing at an outdoor theater in Honolulu. The excitement was everywhere and everyone wanted a ticket for the event. When my friend Mike-ee Wai-kee informed me he had two tickets and invited me to go, I was thrilled.
The afternoon of the concert arrived and Mike-ee Wai-kee arrived, chauffeured by his father. We were chauffeured to and from the concert and found our seats in the outdoor theater. We were seated about halfway from the front and before the concert began, Mike-ee Wai-kee saw some empty seats in the front row. He suggested we move up to those seats. I was reluctant, I never wanted to break rules. But at Mike-ee Wai-kee's insistence, we moved up to the front row. No one complained and no one ever claimed the seats so we were able to watch the show from the front row.
Elvis was the only act, and he was introduced by a local disc jockey. Elvis, still young and innocent, took the stage wearing his gold lame suit. Elvis sang and told jokes and the crowd went crazy. The screaming girls were so loud you could barely hear some of the songs. I stood watching quietly, but so excited I felt like I would swoon.
The show was a huge hit and it be a short time later that Elvis would be off to serve our country in the Army. It was this younger Elvis that I would always treasure.