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Waikiki Brewing Co. is back in Waikiki

Founded at the corner of Ala Moana Boulevard and Kalakaua Avenue in 2015, Waikiki Brewing Co. outgrew that space and expanded to a larger locale in Kakaako two years later. Now, after a complete renovation, it's back in its original…

We're losing an icon: Yamagen is closing

It breaks my heart to write this article. I recently found out that my all-time favorite local Japanese restaurant will be closing its doors at the end of this month, on February 29, 2020. I stumbled across the news through…

What I found at Costco: Bacon cheddar crisps

A fearless multicultural foodie scared of nothing except balut, John is public information officer for the city's Department of Emergency Management. He enjoys fine dining just as much as he does a meal from a mom-and-pop restaurant made with love…

Good dogs get a special menu at Pai Honolulu

Aiko, Blossom and Breeze (the Wans) are dedicated to making Hawaii a more dog-friendly place. Their Instagram page @dogfriendly808 showcases local businesses that welcome all good dogs. When they're not finding places to eat together, they're creating Akita- and shiba-inspired…

Here's why saimin is so good

When you dine out as much as Aaron Avilla does, you have to be in tune with the culinary scene or you'll get bored real quick. An IT professional by day, Aaron likes a lot of different foods but loves…

Farrington High School: What's the flavor of Christmas?

When Sara Urabe saw our Foodie Fix segment featuring Kelli Shiroma and her dad on Hawaii News Now Sunrise earlier this year, her ears perked up. Kalihi was in the headlines but for a delicious reason — Kelli's and her dad's Top 5 plate…

Ube soju and carnitas: Taco Tuesday at Chingu

Walking into Chingu feels like entering any other Korean dive bar: black walls painted with colorful graffiti, metal tables, K-Pop playing on TVs and in the two karaoke rooms. But one look at the menu reveals that Chingu takes traditional…

Caffeine fix: Kailua has a new coffee truck

I love starting my day with coffee, so much that I often order Americano or espresso for the caffeine content even though I don’t enjoy the bitter taste. What I really love are Frappuccinos, but the high sugar content means…

Five 7-Eleven Hawaii dishes that save the day

Frolic is looking for contributors! If you love to eat, know the local food scene and have an idea, email editor@frolichawaii.com. Christina Torres is a teacher, runner, and writer in Honolulu, HI. When she's not doing those things, she's probably…

The great Big Island ice shave crawl

Most visitors come to the Big Island to see Kilauea volcano (now blessedly quiet after last year’s eruption) or the white sand beaches along the Kohala Coast. When my family comes to visit, it’s for the shave ice — or as…

Reader's pick: Best timeless noodle bowls

Aloha!  My name is Lauren Nakamura, and I am a noodle lover. I’m the type of person that loves traditional, simple, reasonable food. I am the anti-hipster. I do not feed into Instagram-worthy trends. As I was reading Jason Chin's Best…

Best late-night happy hour: Our Top 5

Frolic is looking for contributors! If you love to eat, know the local food scene and have an idea, email editor@frolichawaii.com A full-time student at the University of Hawaii Shidler College of Business, Corina Quach knows all too well the…

MW's chefs just opened a burger joint in Waikiki

When celebrity chef Michael Mina approached MW Restaurant’s Michelle Karr-Ueoka and Wade Ueoka about opening a burger restaurant, the culinary power couple wasn’t sure what to think. MW has a Brandt beef burger on its lunch menu; so does Artizen,…

Worth the drive to Waianae: Coquito's Latin Cuisine

Quick — name me three Puerto Rican dishes. Okay, gandules rice. That's one. Pasteles. Clock’s ticking. Pastele stew? Wrong! That’s a local creation, though it’s certainly inspired by Puerto Rican cuisine. You’d be forgiven for not being able to rattle…

Da Ruth's Chris of hamburger steak

In order for determine if one local restaurantʻs any good, my friend David Miyashiro has devised what he calls The Hamburger Steak Test. When he goes to one restaurant for da first time, das what he orders. And if it…