Bruno Mars ‘Moved’ Hawaii Fans With 24K Magic World Tour


Jacqueline Yoshimura

The crowd broke out in a “wave” from time to time as they waited for Bruno Mars to come on stage.

Bruno Mars wrapped up his 24K Magic World Tour Sunday night as he gave his final 200th tour performance in Honolulu.

Mars performed a total of three shows from Friday to Sunday at the Aloha Stadium. With nearly 36,000 seats sold per show, more than 100,000 people were estimated to have attended the concert, according to KITV.

“I paid over a thousand dollars for my front-row tickets but it was worth it,” said Tami Yamashiro, 44, from Ewa Beach. “At first I couldn’t get tickets so I kept looking around to see where I could get front-row tickets. By that time tickets were reselling like crazy. One of my friends paid two grand for her floor seat ticket, and she still wasn’t even all the way in the front.”

The Grammy Award-winning artist from Hawaii moved fans with his performances, including everything from a slideshow with photos from his youth, fireworks, laser lights and a golden confetti grand finale. Many audience members even participated in the mass “wave” and often swayed their cell phone flashlights in the air as Mars performed.

Mars also performed a few of his nostalgic hit songs from past albums such as “Just the Way You Are” from his debut studio album “Doo-Wops and Hooligans.”

“It was an emotional night for me,” said Rebecca Anderson, 36, who attended the concert with her husband. “I was so moved when he sang ‘Just the Way You Are.’ I couldn’t help but tear up a little because it was my wedding song. My husband would always sing it to me in the car when it came on the radio, and we decided to make it our song.”

In January 2018, Mars swept all of the categories for which he was nominated for at the 60th Grammy Awards. The R&B singer-songwriter won Song Of The Year for his hit song “That’s What I Like” and Record Of The Year for his album 24K Magic.

“Bruno Mars is like the Hawaiian version of Michael Jackson,” said Justin Guerrero, 27, who flew over from the Big Island to attend the concert with family. “That guy is like my idol, he’s so fly. I have nothing bad to say about him or the concert. Everything was perfect. Now I just want him to teach me all of his moves.”

As if the concert could end on a better note, Mars did not disappoint his fans in announcing that he will be donating 24,000 Thanksgiving meals to support the Salvation Army’s 48th annual Thanksgiving Dinner meal program for families of Hawaii in need.

“I just want you guys to know that it’s because of the people,” Mars said as he thanked the crowd before giving one last hana hou. “Because you guys make me feel like I can do anything, Hawaii. And I want you guys to know that everything I do, if you guys ever see me on TV, if you ever see a music video, or hear me on the radio, all I want to do is make you proud.”

Following the success of the Bruno Mars 24K Magic concert, many other big-name performers are looking forward to putting on shows in Hawaii. Scheduled to perform next at the Aloha Stadium are rapper Cardi B and Snoop Dogg on Dec. 27 at 7 p.m.