Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii

The best Elvis documentary is “Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii” (I should know — I ranked 17 of the “The Best Elvis Documentaries”).

It’s the January 14, 1973 Elvis show at the Honolulu International Center (broadcast live to audiences in Asia and Oceania).

1.5 billion peopled tuned in!

Rotten Tomatoes users agree with me (giving it a 94/100). IMDB, however, gives the edge to “Elvis: The Comeback Special” (rating it 8.9 versus 8.5 for Elvis from Aloha). IMDB is wrong.

Aloha from Hawaii is the best Elvis doc because it puts you right in the room with him. It’s the full concert (“The Comeback” is multiple shows), well filmed with no special effects. Most importantly, Elvis crushes the show.

He’s “on”.

Trailer for Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii

I couldn’t find a trailer for the doc but here’s a nice taste. It’s a cover of the Beatles’ “Something”:

Watch Elvis Presley: Aloha from Hawaii

There a few different ways to stream Elvis’s Aloha from Hawaii.

Aloha from Hawaii on YouTube

You can watch it for free on YouTube here:

Note: I start the video above at 3 minutes and 12 seconds in as that’s when the movie starts. If you want to start from the beginning (which has some details on how the background on how the video was remastered), you can click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLmsZC45-m8

This YouTube video above is from a MikeNL 1038 of the Netherlands (and I’m grateful for it!). He says:

“46th anniv. release of Elvis Presley’s “Aloha From Hawaii”. This historic show was recorded on Jan. 14th, 1973. Made specifically for diehard fans who want to see all the footage available. It’s not a replacement for any official version. Stitched together from different sources with remixed audio.”


There’s a reason the video above has 14 million views (as of November 7, 2023). It’s got solid video quality and the best audio of the show I’ve heard.

You’ll notice that this version of Elvis: Aloha has some split-screens going and has captions including Japanese (the show was broadcast to Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Vietnam, Australia and the Phillippines).

I think the YouTube video from MikeNL is different because he stitched it together from the best sources he could find (e.g. perhaps an anniversary/deluxe edition DVD).

Aloha from Hawaii on Archive.org:

You can watch it on Archive.org here:

Source: Archive.org

The Archive.org video of Elvis Aloha is solid. It’s High def (in 1080P). But you’ll notice that it doesn’t have the split-screen that the YouTube video above has. I think the vid above might be from a version that PBS aired but I’m not sure.

Other streaming options for Elvis Aloha from Hawaii are:

Setlist for Elvis Presley: Aloha from Hawaii:

  • Also Sprach Zarathustra (aka “2001 Space Odyssey”) — This is the intro Song that Elvis walks out to.
  • See See Rider
  • Burning Love
  • Something
  • You Gave Me A Mountain
  • Steamroller Blues
  • My Way
  • Love Me
  • Johnny B Goode
  • It’s Over
  • Blue Suede Shoes
  • I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry
  • I Can’t Stop Loving You
  • Hound Dog
  • What Now My Love
  • Fever
  • Welcome To My World
  • Suspicious Minds
  • Band Introductions
  • I’ll Remember You
  • Long Tall Sally – Whole Lotta Shakin’
  • An American Trilogy
  • A Big Hunk O’ Love
  • Can’t Help Falling In Love
  • Closing Vamp

A couple of cool factoids about Elvis Presley: Aloha from Hawaii:

  • Elvis was paid $450,000 for the “Aloha from Hawaii” concert, equivalent to about $2.5 million today​​. Source
  • The 1973 Elvis television special “Aloha from Hawaii” is significant as it was a concert broadcast live via satellite, with good ratings and it became NBC’s highest-rated program of the year. It also benefitted the Kui Lee Cancer Fund​​. Source
  • The day after the “Aloha from Hawaii” concert, an ad was released in the Honolulu Advertiser expressing thanks from Elvis and his manager, Colonel Tom Parker​​.
  • An Elvis “Aloha from Hawaii” belt, resembling the one worn by Elvis, is available for Elvis enthusiasts and collectors at the Graceland Official Store​​ (currently for $350). Source