H.I.C. Turns 50 Years Old
The Neal S. Blaisdell Center – or the Honolulu International Center (HIC) as most of us MLCers know it as – turns 50 years old this year. The HIC was opened in 1964.
When I think of the HIC, the first thing that comes to mind are the concerts.
Remember this standard concert set up?
The “Floor” for the expensive tickets where I’ve never sat.
Then the “Risers“. The “Side Risers” and the “Rear Risers”.
And then there’s the 2 rows of seats just above the Risers but below the Balcony knows at the “Loges“. I think those seats were the best because people standing up on the floor or the risers didn’t block your view. Only weird thing was that the walkway was right above your head with people walking back and forth right behind you. It can make one a little paranoid while enjoying the “herbs”.
And of course – the “Upper Level“. AKA – the cheap seats. There are other names, but let’s not go there.
Remember this when buying your tickets?
I remember having a little card from Otahite with this chart. I used to keep it in my wallet so when I went to buy concert tickets, I knew exactly where I was buying. Otherwise, you’d have to buy your tickets, then go over to the chart in the lanai are of the HIC and see where you’re sitting. Things were so “manual” back in the day…
But the HIC wasn’t just for concerts. Remember when there was a sumo tournament at the HIC?
I wish I had gone to see that.
What else have you attended at the HIC? I remember going to many Punahou graduations there. In fact, Kailua High School (my alma mater) used to graduate at the HIC. That was until it was time for my class to graduate. The tradition moved back to the high school field. I was bummed at the time. But reflecting back on it now, I’m kinda happy that it was at our home field. I still remember being on the field in the early evening with the sun setting behind the Koolau mountain range. A memory that will be etched in my mind forever.
What else did we go to the HIC for? High school basketball games. The Globetrotters! Ice Capades. The New Product and Food Show.
What are some of you memories of the HIC. Come on, you must have some because after all – the HIC has been around for 50 years. Which concerts do you remember going to? Or other events besides concerts? And how about in the Exhibition hall? Or the Concert hall? Or the Parking lot? Share your HIC memories with us!