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June 09, 2016  -Examinor  /  Elvis Express Radio
Many of the places where Elvis Presley filmed Blue Hawaii on the island of Oahu are still visible for Elvis fans. Elvis stayed at the Ocean Tower at the Hilton Hawaiian Village during
filming in Oahu from March to April 1961 and that same hotel was used to film many of the famous scenes in the movie.

For example, the cafe by the beach where Elvis was sitting with actresses Joan Blackman and Nancy Walters in one scene is still there. The location where they filmed the scene,
then called Makahiki Gardens, is now where The Hau Tree Bar is located. The venue is a casual laid-back bar and restaurant that sits right next to the beach with the picturesque
Diamond Head volcano in the background.

Fans can enjoy the "Blue Hawaii" drink while they take in the same gorgeous view that Elvis saw during that scene. Interestingly, the "Blue Hawaii" drink was not named after the
movie. In fact, this tasty blue drink filled with vodka, Sweet and Sour and blue curacao (for the blue color) was created in 1957, four years before the movie. The drink was invented
by the lead bartender at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Harry Yee.

However, the title of the movie, released in 1961, was not inspired by the drink. The movie got its name from the title song which was actually a remake of a Bing Crosby song from
his 1937 film Waikiki Wedding.

The open-air entrance to the hotel was also used in Presley's film. Elvis drives up in the Dodge Dart convertible to pick up his tour group at the hotel entrance which still looks the
same to this day. Also, Elvis talks on the phone at the hostess podium at the Garden Bar, which is now called The Tropics Bar located just on the other side of the resort's pool.

The resort, which has added many new towers over the years, pays tribute to The King with detailed information on Presley's link with Hilton Hawaiian Village. The hotel displays
large photo boards filled with pictures of Elvis and his many visits to the hotel. These display boards are located on the ground level at the Tapa Tower in Hilton Hawaiian Village.

Another memorable scene that fans can recreate is the picnic that Elvis had with Maile, played by Joan Blackman. They drove up to a romantic scenic lookout point in Honolulu,
which is now an official lookout point in Puu Ualakaa State Park. The park sits on Mount Tantalus in Honolulu and offers gorgeous views that stretch from Diamond Head to Pearl
Harbor. When Elvis and Joan Blackman filmed this scene there was no designated park there.