Collectibles and Memorabilia
Collectibles and Memorabilia
In the 1960's and 1970's most of the collectibles wrestling fans could purchase were in the form of paper material. The Honolulu newspapers ran weekly ads promoting upcoming cards.
Hawaii TV Wrestling
KHVH Channel 4 studio television wrestling. Promoter Ed Francis would soon move his production to KGMB Channel 9. Photo courtesy of George Beppu.
Lord Tallyho Blears interviews Handsome Johnny Barend, who stands in a coffin wearing a Destroyer mask and holding a Destroyer Jack-O-Lantern. Photo courtesy of Anita Barend.
Johnny Barend outside the KHVH Channel 4 television studio on Ala Moana Boulevard after the weekly Saturday program. Photo courtesy of George Beppu.
Hawaii Wrestling Newspaper Ads
Beginning in July of 1964 and continuing for the next 6 months, Ed Francis and Dallas Western, both professional wrestling promotions, went head to head with competing wrestling cards, sometimes on the same date. Ed Francis booked the old Civic Auditorium and Dallas Western used the new Honolulu International Center; later to be renamed the "Blaisdell Center" after former Honolulu mayor Neal Blaisdell.
July 28, 1964
August 25, 1964
September 29, 1964
October 24 & 25, 1964
November 14 & 15, 1964
December 11 & 12, 1964
January 9, 1965
January 24 & 30, 1965
February 24 & 25, 1965
Competing Wrestling promoters flock to book matches in the new Honolulu International Center arena. -1965 Honolulu newspaper article.
Fans could walk up to wrestlers standing by the locker rooms and ask for autographs.
Wrestling in Hawaii
Wrestling in Hawaii was sold at wrestling matches at the old Civic Auditorium in Honolulu during the 1950s when Al Karasick was the promoter.
June 24, 1956 issue of Wrestling in Hawaii
. On this card, Sam Steamboat Jr. made his professional wrestling debut.
At the Civic and Honolulu International Center, fans could buy "Line-ups" which featured
photos and a line-up of the night's wrsetling matches.
Special Services Programs
Special Services Programs- Beside weekly wrestling shows at the Civic Auditorium and the Honolulu International Center (HIC), promoter Ed Francis presented weekly shows for the military at Pearl Harbor's Bloch Arena and Schofield Barracks.
Action in Honolulu
Action in Honolulu From 1966 till the early 1970s, Wrestling Revue Magazine ran a feature 2 or 4 times a year called "Action in Honolulu," which contained photos of the mat action in Honolulu by George Beppu.
Big Time Wrestling Hawaii
Big Time Wrestling Hawaii was a bi-monthly publication sold at arenas starting in 1978 through 1979.
Hawaii Wrestling Revue Issue #1
Hawaii Wrestling Revue was published in 1968 and lasted two issues. Issue #1 featured a story about the promotion team of Ed Francis and Lord Blears.
Hawaii Wrestling Revue Issue #2
Hawaii Wrestling Revue was published in 1968 and lasted two issues. Issue #2 contained an article and photo of Handsome Johnny Barend's wedding.
Wrestling Aloha Style
NWA Hawaii Wrestling Program
NWA Hawaii was published and sold at monthly HIC cards from 1971 through 1972. Each program contained photos and wrestling news and results from around the world. Also, each program contained a "Lucky Number" and if your number was called at intermission time, you won two ring side seats to the next HIC card.
The "Civic" was a restaurant which opened in 1978 at 1314 South King Street, the former site of the old Civic Auditorium. The restaurant was shaped like a Roller Derby Rink and featured photos and memorabilia from the Civic Auditorium.
Hawaii TV Time
Hawaii TV Time- The September 1968 issue ran an article on Ripper Collins and Lord Blears.