But that’s not all. Along with legendary artists of yesteryear, our guests enjoy contemporary popular musical artistry showcased on the same stage as the thrilling historic performers. Imagine the “King of Rock n Roll” alongside the “King of Pop” singing on stage together with Steven Tyler and Madonna. It happens 6 nights a week (excluding Mondays) at Legends in Concert Waikiki!
The 75-minute show was specifically developed for Hawaii and has been artistically infused with Hawaiian song and dance that underscores the island connections of the original artists. The concert begins with a huge, 42-foot tall, 3-screen visual experience that “lands” the audience in Hawaii where they are greeted by ancient Hawaiian chants and kahiko hula.
During the show, historic Hawaiian performances of the original artists are recreated through the magic of computerized projections of actual concert footage blended with live, on-stage singing and dancing by the tribute artists and a dozen professional dancers. The concert concludes as the audience joins in singing Aloha ‘Oe, the most beloved of all Hawaiian songs, composed by Princess Lili‘uokalani
The show’s name, “ROCK-A-HULA!” says it all. It’s taken from the Elvis hit song, Rock-A-Hula Baby, written by Ben Weisman, Fred Wise, and Dolores Fuller, and performed by Elvis in the 1962 movie, Blue Hawaii. The song’s mixed genre of rock and roll and Hawaiian folk captures the essence of Legends in Concert Waikiki.
Guests at Legends frequently remark how “realistic” the show is, and how the tribute artists are transformed into the original artists before them during the 75-minute show. This intriguing effect is the result of a fun loving audience responding to the fruits of our artists devoting thousands of hours to studying video and audio recordings of original artist performances. Without question, Legends performers and technical team members seek authenticity in every aspect of the concert!