Neal S. Blaisdell Center

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About Neal S. Blaisdell Center

Description


The Neal S. Blaisdell Center in Downtown Honolulu is the most utilized and largest venue in Hawaii. Hosting everything from concerts to conventions, the Blaisdell Center is in use year round. Many notable performers have visited the Blaisdell Center including Bon Jovi, The Eagles, and Elvis.

History


Built in 1964, the original name was the Hawaii International Center, later changed to the Blaisdell Center after former mayor Neal S. Blaisdell. One of the most well known concerts in history took place at the Blaisdell when Elvis Presley performed “Aloha from Hawaii”, which was the world’s first satellite concerts, eventually reaching nearly 1.5 billion people.

Facts & Trivia

  • Island: Oahu
  • Duration: This location is not seen on any of our tours
  • Amenities: Food, Beverages, Restrooms during concerts only.
  • Insider Tip: A statue of Elvis stands at the Blaisdell Center. Fans and visitors are known to decorate the statue with leis
  • Fun Fact: On Wednesday when there is no event schduleded, a local Farmer's Market takes place in the parking lot, complete with free parking.
  • Pop Culture: Elvis performed a fundraiser concert at the Blaisdell in order to raise money for the Kui Lee Cancer Fund on January 13 - 14, 1973. The Blaisdell also hosts many concerts, and more recently MMA fights on a regular basis.