Kaua‘i singer and songwriter Larry Rivera returns this weekend from his first appearance at Elvis Week festivities in Memphis, Tenn.
The city is where Presley’s Graceland estate is located, and where Elvis fans from across the world are making pilgrimages to this week to mark the anniversary of Presley’s death.
Rivera shared his experiences with fans of the late rock ‘n’ roll star, offering anecdotes about his meeting Elvis at the Coco Palms during the filming of Presley’s hit film “Blue Hawaii,” and details of other visits to Kaua‘i by Presley. A poolside lu‘au was held following Rivera’s talk, to play up the Hawai‘i theme, and an Elvis/Hawaiian fashion show was staged.
Rivera spent some 40-plus years entertaining at the Coco Palms Resort, and today stages weddings on the grounds under his Blue Hawaii Weddings label.
The weddings feature a replication of the wedding scene from “Blue Hawaii,” a scene where Elvis floats along a Coco Palms lagoon in a canoe and traditional Hawaiian wedding clothes.