Rihanna, Arashi and more celebrity news

WILLIE WEED IS HITTING the market! In a Rolling Stone interview, Willie Nelson announced his own cannabis company, Willie’s Reserve. His product will be grown and sold by Colorado and Washington businesses and will include “menus of products” and edibles. Willie says: “I will make sure it’s good or it won’t be on sale.” The singer teamed with friend Merle Haggard for a pro-marijuana video, It’s All Going to Pot, which premiered on Conan O’Brien’s website …

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Shep Gordon, Willie Nelson and yers truly Photo from Tom Moffatt

Arashi Blast in Hawaii … Live concert limited first edition DVD goes on sale today (April 29) at 9:30 a.m. in Shirokiya, mall level at Ala Moana Center. Limited first edition package includes two DVDs (more than two hours playing time) and Arashi Blast (150 page) premium booklet. Limit one per person; $51 plus tax …

Oscar winner Nicolas Cage teams up with director Oliver Stone in thriller film Snowden, based on the story of whistleblower Edward Snowden. The movie crew recently was filming in Royal Kunia, Waipahu. Snowden briefly lived in Hawaii, working in the National Security Administration (NSA) Hawaii office. He fled Hawaii to China and made international headlines by leaking classified NSA documents. Cage plays a former U.S. Intelligence official … Snowden is played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The movie is slated to release in December …

Rihanna was back in town to help longtime assistant Jennifer Rosales celebrate her nuptials. “RiRi” (to her fans) was spotted sunning her svelte physique. In 2006, I presented 18-year-old Rihanna at Pipeline Caf …

Congratulations to Henry Kapono, who’s celebrating 20 years of gigging in Waikiki. Henry joins a galaxy of entertainers — Jimmy Borges, Amy Hanaiali‘i, John Cruz, Makana and more — in a benefit concert for Hawaii’s homeless, “Hawaii for Hawaii,” Saturday, May 9, 69 p.m., at Hilton Hawaiian Village Great Lawn …

Congrats also to chef Kusuma Cooray, whose Ocean To Plate won the Award of Excellence in the cookbook category at last week’s Hawaii Book Publishers Association Po‘okela Awards …

This week in 1971: Burt Bacharach fills the HIC Arena stage with a 36-piece orchestra and four female backup singers. The concert includes many of his hit compositions, and the packed arena is thrilled as Burt conducts the ensemble performing classic Bacharach, Hal David (lyrics) hits from Walk On By to Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head. Opening act is Burgundy Express, also performing in Waikiki Outrigger Hotel’s main showroom. Ticket prices are $6.50, $5.50, $4.50 and $3.50 … Hawaii’s No. 1 record for the fifth week is Joy To The World by Three Dog Night