The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 13, 2019
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From his very first visit in November 1957 when he reached the island via the S.S. Matsonia to his last vacation in March of 1977, Hawaii was a special place for Elvis. Over the years, he would return again and again as he developed a fondness for the people, the culture and the tropical paradise that was the Hawaiian Islands. Elvis filmed three movies, Blue Hawaii, Girls! Girls! Girls!, and Paradise, Hawaiian Style, there; a number of concerts including the famed fundraiser for the U.S.S. Arizona at Bloch Arena and the widely televised “Aloha From Hawaii” were performed on the island; and Elvis would often vacation with friends and family in this enchanting wonderland. On his last trip to his favorite island paradise, Elvis took Ginger Alden, her sisters and a large entourage of thirty, including Dr. Nick and his family, to Hawaii in March of 1977. They arrived on March 4 and checked into the Hilton Rainbow Tower before moving to a beach house on Oahu a few days later.

While in Hawaii, Elvis loved to embrace the relaxed island lifestyle he admired, and the offered shirt exemplifies his appreciation for that Polynesian paradise. The red Hawaiian-style shirt with a white hibiscus flower and white monstera leaf design along the chest and bottom edge comes with a two-page, stapled “General Affidavit under Oath” that was signed before a notary which states that the undersigned, Mahela H. Kaioloa, states, “In early March of 1977 she was employed as a housekeeping employee at the Hilton Rainbow Tower hotel at Waikiki Beach in Hawaii. It was during this time that she provided cleaning services to the suite where Elvis Presley was staying and obtained from his possession one leisure shirt with the following characteristics: short sleeve button style, single left-breast pocket, ‘Hilo Hattie’ brand, white on red hibiscus flower print pattern.” Included is an additional letter from Joe (Percy) P that states, “During the summer of 1997, my wife had come into contact with the previous owner of Elvis’ shirt, Mahela H. Kaioloa. During the Elvis-based friendship that ensued, she was offered the shirt, among other articles of Elvis’ personal effects from his stay at the Hawaiian resort Hilton Rainbow Tower. This was Elvis’ last vacation in Hawaii. As told to her by Mahela, the vacation was cut short because of an eye injury that Elvis sustained that involved sand getting into his eye.” The shirt has a five red-button front closure, single front breast pocket on the left and a collar tag from “Hilo Hattie - made in Hawaii XL,” with a care tag underneath. This tropical shirt, measuring 29 inches (73.66 cm) in length and 20 inches (50.8 cm) from shoulder seam to shoulder seam, is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The shirt is in excellent condition overall with some surface soiling and discoloration on the right sleeve; additional tiny stains are visible in the white areas on the breast and lower band. Additional surface soiling on the interior front placket.
Elvis Presley Owned Hawaiian Shirt with “EP” Initialed in the Collar - Left in His Suite at the Hilton Rainbow Tower Hotel During His Last Trip to the Islands in 1977
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $1,500.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $3,125.00
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Number Bids: 11
Auction closed on Tuesday, August 13, 2019.
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