The Sundat Advertiser (taken from Jerry Hopkins' "Elvis in Hawaii.")
Matt Esposito, manager of the Honolulu International Center, thanks Elvis. (Elvis in Hawaii by Jerry Hopkins)
Dec 26, 2002
The two shows in Hawaii on January 12 and January 14, 1973 raised $75.000 for the Kui Lee Cancer Fund, $50.000 more than the goal set in November. In part, this was because the Colonel pressured prominent local personalities to contribute $1.000 apiece to watch the show - while many children got in for a penny.
The Sunday Advertiser, active in promoting the show, ran a lead editorial on January 14, 1973, saying, "Elvis Presley continues to be a great, good friend of Hawaii." The newspaper reminded the readers that this was the second time that Elvis had "delivered for Hawaii in a big way", going on to recall the benefit for the Arizona Memorial a dozen years earlier.