Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Blue Hawaii


The movie:

Filmed in 1961 to showcase Elvis.



The drink:

Invented in 1957 by a bar tender named Harry Yee to showcase the signature ingredient-Blue Curacao.

  • 3/4 oz. Light Rum
  • 3/4 oz. Vodka
  • 1/2 oz. Blue Curacao
  • 3 oz. Pineapple Juice
  • 1 oz. Sweet & Sour Mix


Combine all ingredients and mix well. If using ice, mix the ingredients in a blender. Serve in a tall glass. Garnish with a slice of pineapple and a cherry.

I tried a Blue Hawaii this last trip, and I’ve added it to my list of Hawaiian favorites!



And speaking of another favorite-

I always liked Elvis.  But I was never an Elvis fanatic.    After I read about his involvement with the Arizona Memorial project, though, I became one of his biggest fans.

On March 25th, 1961, Elvis held a benefit concert in Honolulu for the memorial  that raised $65,000.  He was already in Honolulu to promote his newest movie, Blue Hawaii.    The concert  renewed public interest in the project so that enough money was eventually raised to complete it. 

“Elvis Presley gave of his time and fame to ensure the memories of those who sacrificed on December 7, 1941, and the lessons learned from the attack on Pearl Harbor are never forgotten.”

- Tom Shaw, President and CEO, Pacific Historic Parks.

Elvis, that makes you a king in my eyes any day.



Credit for drink photo Shutterstock


  1. Oh wow. I didn't know Elvis had done a benefit concert for the Pearl Harbor memorial. VERY cool.

    I love that movie, too. Ahh...a young Elvis. So dreamy.

  2. I agree Melissa, isn't that cool! Without Elvis's help there may not have even been a memorial.
    And his look didn't hurt either:)

  3. I could use a blue hawaiian right about now! I had no idea about Elvis either but that endears him a little more to me. I had the same feeling about George Harrison when I found out the lengths he went to for Bangladesh in the early 70's. Thank you for your beautiful comment today. Hugs!

  4. You are so welcome Kim. And I didn't know that about George Harrison! Here's to a couple of blue Hawaii's. Cheers, and hugs too:)

  5. I could really go for a Blue Hawaii right about now (long day)

  6. Lisa-if you can hold on a little longer-it will be 5:00 where you are soon:)

  7. I sometimes hear about different thoughtful gestures Elvis made on behalf of others. Gestures which he sought no accolades for, just purely to help others out. How wonderful that he stepped forward for the Pearl Harbor Memorial.

  8. It made me feel glad when I found that out about him too. He seems to have been a compassionate man.

  9. Yummy. I could drink one right now. ;)

  10. I am thinking I need to have a Blue Hawaii party at my house this summer:)

  11. That was so wonderful of him!

  12. I couldn't agree more!
    And thank you so much for stopping by my blog:)