Jackson was king at two Aloha Stadium concerts in 1997
Michael Jackson performed two sell-out concerts for promoter Tom Moffatt at Aloha Stadium on Jan. 3 and 4, 1997.
He was poised to play Aloha Stadium again on New Year's Eve, Dec. 31, 1999, at the turn of millennium. He was to perform in other cities (London and Australia were mentioned) and then fly to Hawaii and still play on the last night of the decade, but plans never materialized.
Jackson was also in the Islands in 1980 for a Jackson 5 concert at the Blaisdell arena.
Though not as connected with Hawaii as Elvis Presley, who visited often, did benefits, gave that global televised concert and made movies here, Jackson is still revered as a pop icon.
Fans praised his humanitarian spirit and songs like "We Are the World," in which he played a role in writing and that touched folks everywhere.
Ironically, Moffatt last night told Advertiser columnist Wayne Harada that a fan shouted out to him recently, "Hey, when you goin' bring Michael Jackson back to the stadium ... loved the last show."
Richard Natto, member-leader of the Society of Seven Las Vegas that is the resident act at the Outrigger Waikiki's Main Showroom, had this to say about the pop star:
"I met Michael Jackson at Kahala Mall when he was here for the private Pepsi Convention (in Diamond Head Crater, with Tina Turner, must have been the late '80s.) Stood about my height, simple clothing (jeans, white T-shirt, black long-sleeve shirt). The skin color on his face was just turning white — the change was real noticeable. Had a short conversation with him — real shy, quiet demeanor. Despite all his later troubles...what a talent."