HONOLULU—Tickets for three upcoming Bruno Mars concerts at a Honolulu arena sold out in less than two hours, setting a record for the venue.

Out-of-staters bought 42 percent of the 17,000 tickets for the Hawaii-born singer's April shows, while locals snapped up the rest. The out-of-state purchases were made by people on the mainland and Canada, according to the Blaisdell box office, Ticketmaster and credit card ZIP code information.

Most of the tickets were sold on the Internet or by phone, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Friday (http://ow.ly/toxJS).

The shows at the Blaisdell Center Arena are scheduled for April 18, 19 and 21. Tickets for the Hawaii shows and more than three dozen other concerts that are part of Mars' spring-summer tour went on sale the morning after his halftime Super Bowl Sunday show.

Ticket sales started at 9 a.m. and set a Blaisdell sellout record by 11 a.m., according to the Star-Advertiser. Hawaii was the last city to open its box office.

Local promoter Tom Moffatt said he hadn't experienced a sellout like Monday's in his 50-year career.

Only 6 percent of the tickets were bought at the box office, according to Ticketmaster.

Even though Blaisdell officials cautioned that standing in line wasn't the best strategy, several hundred people waited at the box office Monday morning.

"The Internet sells tickets much faster," said John Fuhrmann, events and services administrator for the Blaisdell complex. "A person walks up to the box office and says hello, and I have probably sold seven rows (online) in that amount of time."

Moffatt expressed nostalgia for standing in line for concert tickets.

"I would like to go back to the old-fashioned system where they line up and that's how the tickets are distributed," he said.

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Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.com