The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 13, 2019
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Not only was Aloha from Hawaii the first entertainment special to be broadcast live worldwide with what is believed to have been the largest viewing audience at over 1 billion fans, but it also had the largest budget to date, at approximately $2.5 million. With such a grand-scale production, planning the details would also have been a Herculean task. The offered flight documents are prime examples of the Colonel’s part in that planning, as he worked to get the personnel to Honolulu, Hawaii, for this spectacular event.

The first document is a copy of the Colonel’s very own Elvis Presley Show Plane Manifest to Honolulu, with his handwritten notations for dates and costs, checkmarks near each person’s name on the front, and additional handwritten flight notes on the reverse in blue ink. This manifest was obviously used to determine round-trip flight costs for each of the 22 people leaving from various locations around the United States and going to Honolulu.

The second document is titled “Elvis Presley World-Wide Television Special Transportation to Honolulu” and consists of the transportation details for Tom Diskin, Ed Bonja, Tom Kirkeby and John Kirkeby on Continental Airlines Flight 607 on Saturday, January 6, 1973. The round trip flight left Los Angeles with an open return on a weekday and included lunch and champagne, for a total for $235.06. These documents each measure approximately 11 by 8 1/2 inches (27.94 x 21.59 cm).

Also offered is the official Continental Airlines schedule of daily flights to Honolulu from various destination cities, which touts the airline as “The Proud Bird of the Pacific.” Flight 607 (chosen for Tom Diskin and crew) is underlined on the schedule. A similar schedule for flights to Hilo is also included. The flight reference guide measures approximately 9 by 4 inches (22.86 x 10.16 cm). It’s no surprise that the personal notes of the Colonel, who always had an eye on the money, contain the cost for each and every round trip flight for these 22 people in Elvis’ crew to fly to Hawaii for the special. These documents are a behind-the-scenes peek at some of the cost of this groundbreaking special and are accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The documents show signs of storage-related wear, with 3-hole punches and some wrinkling. Excellent condition.
1973 Elvis Presley <em>Aloha from Hawaii</em> Travel Plan Documents with Handwritten Notes by Colonel Parker
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $500.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $1,875.00
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Number Bids: 16
Auction closed on Tuesday, August 13, 2019.
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