From the Magic of Polynesia to 24k Magic
For those who know him, Hawaii-born and raised Bruno Mars (or as we knew him back then, Peter Hernandez), always had an air of magic around him. At this year’s 60th Annual Grammy Awards, that was front and center when he took home six awards including honors for Record of the Year, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year.
While Mars is just the seventh artist in Grammy history to win awards in all three major categories, he clearly didn’t forget the magic that helped him get there. As he accepted the award for his album “24k Magic,” Mars reminisced about his early days on stage at the Magic of Polynesia show in Waikiki where his career began.
“I’m 15 years old and I’m opening up a show in Hawaii called the Magic of Polynesia,” Mars shared in his acceptance speech. “I’m in front of a curtain and I’m singing songs and my job was to entertain about a thousand people, a thousand tourists from all over the world.”
Before Peter Hernandez achieved super-stardom as Bruno Mars, he was the opening act for the Magic of Polynesia at the Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger. Today, the show still offers that same spell-binding entertaining featuring stunning illusions, dramatic special effects, sleight-of-hand and professionally choreographed Polynesian entertainment, all in a beautiful $7.5 million showroom in the heart of Waikiki.
Congrats Bruno! We couldn’t be prouder to see one of our own represent Hawaii so well on stage.