Produced at a budget of about $2.5 million, "Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii" was a benefit concert for the Kuiokalani Lee Cancer Fund.
The ninety minute special which was sponsered by Chicken of the Sea, was the top rated show of the week, getting a 33.8 rating and a 51 share.
On January 14, 1973, "Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii " was beamed by the Intelsat IV communications satellite at 12:30 A.M. (Honolulu time) to Australia, Japan, South Korea,New Zealand, South Vietnam, Thailand, the Phillipines, and other countries in the Far East. Even a few thousand viewers in Communist China saw the broadcast. In the Phillipinjes, 92 percent of all those watching television watched, "Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii." The next day, the special was rebroadcast to twenty eight nations in Europe.