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Tom Moffatt

Arashi, SOJA and more Entertainment news

JAPANESE SUPERSTAR BAND ARASHI, in concert at Ko Olina Resort — outdoors fronting Nai’a Lagoon 3 — has garnered amazing reaction following the ticket-sale date announcement last week. Fans from around the world have inundated phone lines at local Japanese program radio stations, travel agencies, hotels, ticket outlets and so on. The concerts, celebrating Arashi’s 15th anniversary as a group, are slated for Sept. 19 and 20. Gates will open at 4:30 p.m., concert starts at 5:30 and general admission tickets are available via ticketmaster.com or call 1-800-745-3000 …

It’s finally SOJA weekend at Waikiki Shell this Saturday at 6 p.m.! Special guests Michael Franti and Spearhead and Murs join one of Hawaii’s favorite reggae bands for an electric evening of music. If you’re a fan of Kaka’ako, don’t let the change in venue throw you — Waikiki Shell was the first-ever site of a reggae concert in Hawaii when Bob Marley played there, and SOJA follows a long tradition of top reggae artists who have played there …

Spotted in Waikiki: Dancing with the Stars pros Karina Smirnoff, Maksim Chmerkovskiy and his younger brother Valentin. Sharna Burgess even managed to work in some beach volleyball while here. By all accounts, these uber-talented pros are better live than on TV …

“Celebrities and Their Pets” returns to Blaisdell Exhibition Hall next weekend (Sept. 6 and 7), featuring its trademark fashion show that raises funds and awareness for Oahu SPCA. Al Waterson will emcee this special event from 12:30 p.m. daily, and the stars walking the runway will include Jordan Segundo, Augie T, Ginai, Bo Irvine, Yasmin Dar, Olena Heu, Dr. Richard Fujie and so many more …

This week in 1966: Promoter Ed Francis presents a big wrestling card before a sell-out crowd at HIC Arena. The main event, the “Indian Death Match,” results in Chief Billy White Wolf soundly defeating Handsome Johnny Barend as their referee, former world heavyweight boxing champion Rocky Marciano, paces the ring. In other matches, “The Blond Bomber” Ray Stevens and Pat Patterson retain their World Tag Team Championship belts with a win over the team of Kenji Shibuya and Cyclone Negra; in a “Judo Jacket Match,” Kongozan is victorious over Ripper Collins; Neff Maiava pins Duke Savage, Wild Bill Dromo and The Mongolian Stomper defeat the team of Nicky Bockwinkel and Sammy Steamboat; and in the opening match, Charlie Kalani and Beauregarde fight to a time-limit draw. Tickets cost $4, $3 and $2 … And the No. 1 Billboard record is Sunshine Superman by Donovan

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