President Dwight D Eisenhower had approved the creation of Arizona Memorial in 1958. $500,000 was needed for its construction. The public law stipulated that the monument would be built without federal funding. Several organizations and individuals helped in the effort to raise the required amount. In 1958, the Territory of Hawaii contributed the initial $50,000. It needed more money. Colonel Tom Parker offered a benefit concert with Elvis.
Parker came to Hawai‘i and set up the show and stipulated that every cent would go toward the War Memorial fund. March 25, 1961, during his hour on stage, Elvis sang 15 songs. Appearing along with Elvis were Minnie Pearl, The Jordanaires and DJ Fontana and Scotty Moore, two members of Elvis’ original backing band. Sterling Mossman, a local Hawaiian comedian, also served as master of ceremonies and performed. “It was a crackjack show, a sellout, and the biggest single gate in the history of show business in Hawai‘i.”