HONOLULU (Island News) — Music superstar Carrie Underwood will be saying “Aloha” to Hawaii this summer, as she performs in the islands for the first time in her career.

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Since winning American Idol nearly 20 years ago, Underwood has become a multi-media superstar. An eight-time Grammy award winner, she has had 28 number one singles and sold more than 85 million records worldwide.

After performing in every state but Hawaii, Underwood will finally be performing at the Blaisdell Arena on July 19, 2024.

“I have always wanted to perform in Hawaii and you know for a million different reasons it never worked out and came together. But it’s been long enough. We needed to make it happen. I’ve played 49 states so far, so Hawaii will be my 50th, and I’m just really excited,” Underwood told Island News.

Underwood did come to Hawaii in 2010, when she made her screen debut in Soul Surfer, a film about Kauai’s Bethany Hamilton — a surfer who lost her arm in a shark attack.

“Everybody was nice and helpful. We had great weather, the water was cold at that time of year but other than that it was just a really great experience. And it’s been a few years since we were there, so I’m just looking forward to seeing how much has changed and getting to enjoy a little relaxation time there,” she said.

Carrie Underwood - Soul Surfer

Coming to the islands for a concert was supposed to be a secret, but Underwood admits she let out the news early.

“I met a couple at our show in Vegas, and they came through the meet and greet and they’re like, ‘When are you coming to Hawaii?’ And they were the sweetest people and they were actually the first ones that knew we were coming to Hawaii. I totally spilled the beans and then I was like nobody knows this yet so please don’t say anything, but we’re coming in your direction,” Underwood said.

Tickets for Underwood’s July 19 concert will be available to local residents first online starting Saturday, Mar. 16 at 10 a.m.