Thursday, January 8, 2009

Elvis Birthday

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“It is strange to be known so universally and yet to be so lonely."
- Albert Einstein

Today we celebrate the birthday of cultural icon Elvis. He loved Hawaii, made movies here, and he raised much of the funding for the moving Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor.

Some claim that the king never died; they say he is living here in the Isles unnoticed. Perhaps he has lunch with Ann Margaret who is known to visit regularly. Time has changed her to the point where she can stand outside her hotel in Waikiki and not be recognized. Local guy Barack Obama, on the other side of the curve, can no longer stroll Waikiki anonymously as he did growing up. Alive or immortal, Elvis is seen every night from Waikiki when the lights of Saint Louis Heights come on. There, many of us see the likeness of the king in the lights on the side of the dark mountain. One particular row of street lights makes for a dandy guitar strap. The film Blue Hawaii appeared in 1962. Watching it this morning on TCM I was struck by all the changes in Waikiki and our island in the past 47 years. . .
Aloha, Cloudia