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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Celebrities in Hawaii

Celebrities in Hawaii. Elvis in HawaiiNow, we know that we are too late with buying a unit at the Donald Trump Tower on Waikiki Beach Walk, we should ask ourselves why is it that not only we regular people get attracted to Hawaii but our so much admired celebrities as well.

Let’s start with the legend Elvis Presley. Elvis loved Hawaii. From his first visit in the late 1950's till his final vacation in March of 1977 he would visit Hawaii on many occasions. In addition to his three movies in Hawaii (‘Blue Hawaii’, ‘Girls Girls Girls’ and ‘Paradise Hawaiian Style’), he also came to Hawaii for live performances, the one most well known being the show "Elvis, Aloha from Hawaii" on January 14, 1973.

Like many (first time) visitors Elvis fell in love with the beauty of the Hawaiian Islands and the hospitality and aloha spirit of the people of Hawaii. The Islands are a true paradise for people in search of sun, white sandy beaches, surfing and beautiful nature scenes. Hawaii would become

Elvis Presley’s favorite vacation destination and he would enjoy many vacations there.

Quite a number of modern celebrities own a second (or third or forth?) home in Hawaii.
It’s not always just because they love Hawaii and like to spend their vacation there but when one considers the $700million dollar, which Donald Trump made in November 2006 with his Waikiki Trump Tower project - guys, there is nothing there yet, but it still sold out!! - you know why Oprah is investing big time in Hawaii property and real estate.

I won’t forget the moment (must be some 8 -10 years ago) when I was working out at the gym at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and was watching the Oprah Show to make time go by faster. People in the audience asked Oprah what she thought was a good money investment and where to buy real estate, she’d openly share her belief that Hawaii, any piece of land or home or house, would be the best investment. I don’t know how many people in the audience had the money to follow Oprah’s perfect advice. Those who did invest in Hawaii real estate, made a fortune over those past years with real estate values in Hawaii going through the roof.

That’s just what Oprah did in the past few years, following her own advice or the one of Bob Greene, her personal trainer turned property manager who planted the idea that she might buy land on one of the islands. A spokesperson for Winfrey's production company, Harpo Productions, confirmed in 2002 that Oprah made several acquisitions on Maui, among those were 102.09 acres which she bought for $11.68 million.

Did you watch the Oprah show where Oprah shared her new home on Maui with her audience or maybe you got a glimpse of Oprah’s Maui Home in the O magazine?! Beautiful, magnificent, everybody’s dream house!!! Once an ordinary little gray ranch, Oprah's Hawaiian home has been transformed into the perfect 21st-century farmhouse, with great pieces of folk art, beautifully embroidered curtains, comfortable furniture, and inviting colors with very positive energy.

Visit Oprah’s Hawaii Home in Maui.

Last but not least, Hawaii has become not just the filming location of one of the most watched TV series ‘Lost’, it has been and it is the ‘playground’ of modern celebrities like Paris Hilton, Britney Spears and Lindsey Lohan. What else can I say?

The closest I ever came to meet a celebrity in Hawaii was when I was on the set of filming the pilot for new Hawaii TV series (sorry forgot the title) on a
Kona Beach and I managed to squeeze my cheap camera into somebody’s hand to have a photo taken of Bo Derek and myself. Guys, I swear I can prove it! I still have the photo, no digital image though. By the way, the series never made it past the pilot. Too bad! I would still walk around proudly showing the photo of Bo Derek and myself!
Feel free to share your encounters with celebrities in Hawaii, real or not. Let’s have some fun! Mahalo and aloha, Pua Vacation in Hawaii like Donald Trump – but cheap
For those who love to read some real gossip about Celebrities in Hawaii, go to the bottom of the right side bar where you find links to Britney Spears in Hawaii, Paris Hilton in Hawaii & Lindsay Lohan on Maui. Warning - this is straight from the Paparazzi!

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