Frolic Hawaii's team of homegrown eaters, bloggers, photographers and editors covers the local food scene with passion and personality. We honor local: There's a special spot in our bellies for food that speaks to our souls. We'll eat anything, anywhere: Spam musubi, fried chicken, Kualoa oysters with the latest mignonette. We seek out what's delicious, new, quirky, exciting, hidden. And we don't mind a good drink along the way. Welcome to a world where food meets fun.
A big geek and even bigger nerd, Eric Baranda is a self-proclaimed otaku. He enjoys spending his free time reading comics, playing games and watching anime.
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Melissa has been blogging regularly since 2007 and has more than 25 years’ experience in marketing and public relations. She is currently an independent marketing consultant, specializing in social media.
William Chen is currently the Culinary Director for fresh BOX. In his previous lives, he has held positions as the Chef de Cuisine at the Moana Surfrider, a stock boy at Banana Republic and the school mascot. You can find him eating his way through life @willchen79 on Instagram and Twitter.
Following his 2014 victory in the scholar’s warzone known as college, Michael Choe took his English degree to Busan, South Korea, where he taught for two years. Now, having endured oceans of soju and mountains of samgyupsal pork belly, Michael is back in Hawaii and ready to commit to his newfound passion in marketing.
A diligent engineer by day and enthusiastic fun seeker by night, Myong's always on the lookout for the latest news in film, TV and pop culture. Sometimes vocal and always opinionated, he's ready to share his thoughts and experiences on what's going on around town.
Former Miss Hawaii Chinese enjoying post-pageant feasting to its fullest with a current SEEfood diet. A strong believer that food is a means for connecting people of all places and cultures. Follow me on my journey @foodheeadventures on Instagram!
Kai Kojimoto is the definition of a mixed plate: He’s half-Japanese, half-Italian, full-on local, and he studied at Korea’s top-ranked Seoul National University. He loves being on both sides of the camera and with a recently acquired Communications degree under his belt, Kai is ready to take on the digital world of content creation.
Will is a travel writer and the editor of Hawaii's travel newspaper, Wake and Wander Hawaii (@wakeandwanderhawaii). He is a regular contributor for the Brewer's Association and has drunk beer in more than 70 countries.
Ed Morita now works as the pastry chef at Highway Inn Kaka‘ako. Previously, he spent more than a decade working as a pastry chef at some of the country's premiere resorts and restaurants, including the Halekulani Hotel, The Greenbrier Resort & Spa in West Virginia, Bay Harbor Yacht Club in Michigan and Longhi’s Restaurant in Honolulu.
Thomas Obungen is obsessed with discovering and documenting the incredible culinary gems Hawaii has to offer. A short stint in the gastronomical mecca of Los Angeles expanded his insatiable appetite and now he's hungrier than ever.
A travel enthusiast and coffee addict, Rebecca is always up for an adventure. She runs her own marketing communications and public relations consultancy, Rebecca Pang & Co. Follow her @RebeccaPang on Instagram and Twitter.
Grace Ryu is that embarrassing friend with her camera and phone that asks you to "give her light" while she takes a pic of everything that passes her lips. While passionate about food, travel, and family, she’s all about talking story and big laughs. Grace is the face behind @grobusteats, a Honolulu foodie Instagram feed.
Chuggy Bear is a hungry foodie on the hunt for the best grinds in Hawaii and around the world. Follow his exploits and relive his meals, which can include roasted pig’s heads and three Michelin star set menus.
Lee A. Tonouchi
‘Da Pidgin Guerrilla’ Lee A. Tonouchi is one Pidgin author and playwright. He also sometimes contributes Da Kine 5 Tings We Love to da Honolulu Star-Advertiser. His favorite food is local food.
Born and raised in Honolulu, Kelli Shiroma moved back to Oahu in 2015 after pursing her master of arts in journalism at USC and working for a year in San Diego. When it comes to food, Kelli's favorites can be boiled down to three main categories: breakfast fare (pancakes), cheese (mac & cheese) and desserts (specifically peanut butter and chocolate). Her interests include working out, traveling and all things Disney. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter: @kellishiroma.
Frolic Hawaii Editor / Deliriyum
Mari Taketa went through an entire career life cycle — journalism school, AP reporter, business magazine editor — before her rebirth as a food writer. She considers her blog, Deliriyum, part of her state of nirvana.