Aloha from Hawaii Via Satellite is a concert that
was headlined by Elvis Presley, and was broadcast live via satellite
on January 14, 1973.
The concert took place at the Honolulu International Center (HIC) in
Honolulu (now known as the Neal S. Blaisdell Center) and aired in
over 40 countries across Asia and Europe (who received the telecast
the next day, also in primetime). Despite the satellite innovation,
the United States did not air the concert until April 4, 1973 (because
the concert took place the same day as Super Bowl VII). Viewing
figures have been estimated to be between 1 and 1.5 billion viewers
worldwide. The show was the most expensive entertainment special at
the time, costing $2.5 million.
Audience tickets for the January 14 concert and
its January 12 pre-broadcast rehearsal show carried no charge. Each
audience member was asked to pay whatever he or she could afford.
The performance and concert merchandise sales raised $75,000 for the
Kui Lee Cancer Fund in Hawaii. (wikipedia