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.

Eric Baranda

Eric Baranda

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.

Melissa Chang

Melissa Chang

Urban Mix Plate

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.

Jason Chin

Jason Chin

Educator Jason’s taste is rooted in his travels and Japanese and Chinese heritage. Sushi, noodles and fried potatoes are his weaknesses.

Myong Choi

Myong Choi

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.

Gregg Hoshida

Husband, father, home cook and voracious eater, Gregg is always on the lookout for the next culinary taste explosion. Frequent visitor to Japan and Taiwan, he considers izakayas and night markets part of his DNA.

Thomas Obungen

Assistant Editor

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. 

Rebecca Pang

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

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.

Kelli Shiroma Braiotta

Associate Editor

Born and raised in Honolulu, Kelli moved back to Oahu in 2015 after pursuing 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: brunch, cheese (mac & cheese) and desserts. Her interests include working out, traveling and all things Disney. Follow her on Instagram and Facebook: @kellishiromabraiotta.

Mari Taketa

Managing Editor

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.

Lee Tonouchi

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.

Amanda Valiente

Amanda Valiente is that one friend who always down for a boba run. Frolic's summer 2020 intern is currently in her senior year at California Lutheran University studying multimedia. When she is not eating, you can find her playing Animal Crossing and listening to BTS.