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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

Competing Promotions

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.

May 1978

June 1978

August 1978

December 1978

January 1979

February 1979

March 1979

April 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

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.
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