Eric Baranda

Frolic Contributor

Eric joined the team before Frolic was Frolic—as a nightlife photographer covering the club, bar and concert scene for predecessor Nonstop Honolulu. A big geek and even bigger nerd, Eric spends his free time playing games, reading comics, watching anime and taking part in online culture.

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Harry Potter cocktails to charm the adults at Comic Con Honolulu

Today, Comic Con Honolulu 2019 kicks off a three-day family-friendly celebration of comics, costumes, fantasy, sci-fi and all things nerdom at the Hawaii Convention Center. As a lifelong fan of comic books and geek culture, anime and comic cons hold a special place…

Finally! Hawaii's getting a Filipino Food Week

After moving to Hawaii during my freshman year of high school, I learned that Filipinos were viewed in different ways. Some saw us as unfashionable FOBs that dressed in loud colors. Others saw us as potential troublemakers with an affinity…

What I found at Target: Frozen poke meal kit

What I found at ... is a series that tests and vets intriguing store-bought food finds. It’s the mainland and global parallel to KaSnack attack!, our series reviewing made-in-Hawaii snacks.   What: Authentic Hawaiian Poke, Shoyu Ahi Mix & Serve…

Legit flavors at the cutest poke shop in Manoa

It's worth a drive into Manoa for a new poke shop with shave ice in an old-time Hawaii storefront. Off the Hook grand-opened this past weekend in between Starbucks and Andy's Sandwiches on East Manoa Road across from Manoa Marketplace.…

Is this poke? Poke Bar at Waikiki Beach Walk

The mainland poke craze has morphed Hawaii's iconic dish into a DIY salad bar creation — that's now boomeranged back to the islands. Mainland poke chains have opened on Oahu with customizable choices that go well beyond shoyu ahi and…

Ramen alert: Gomaichi's bowls live on at Menchanko-Tei

It's the end of an era, as longtime ramen shop Gomaichi closed its doors for good at the beginning of 2018. A high-rise condominium is scheduled to be built on their location. In addition, the shopowners' son had graduated high…

Brilliant! New gastropub opens at Ala Moana

Brilliant Ox, a new gastropub, soft-opened last week in the former Pearl Ultra Lounge space at Ala Moana Center. Here's your sneak peek at dishes by chef Brian Gremillion, formerly of Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop in New York City. Brilliant…

Do you know this cocktail speakeasy?

In the heart of Kakaako, on top of a brewpub, is a speakeasy only open on Thursday to Saturday. It's not at street level, it's a little higher up: The Hi Brau Room. The Hi Brau Room 700 Queen St.…

Before you shop, fuel up at Ala Moana's Christmas Bar pop-up

The Christmas Bar is a new pop-up at Ala Moana Center serving festive and holiday-themed drinks – the most popular being a sweet, cream soda-based Hogwarts Butterbeer, finished with a marshmallow fluff foam. They don't have food, however, you're welcome…

Purple alert: There's a new ube bakeshop in town

This new spot in Kalihi's all about the brilliant purple yam. Ube Before Anything Else, aka Ubae Hawaii, is in the City Square Shopping Center on Dillingham Boulevard. Ubae Hawaii 1284 Kalani St. 439-3224 Mon-Sat 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday 9…

Droolworthy: Steak & Fish Company scallops

Do you ever not expect much from a place, so you get yourself ready for the worst? That’s what we did. Expect the worst from Steak & Fish Company, because it was a tiny place we’d never heard of, in…

Your guide to Comic Con Honolulu 2017

Someone told me recently that I was their best source for the latest news on the nerd stuff they like. That caught me by surprise, so thanks for the encouragement! Why was I surprised? Lately I’ve been feeling my attention…

Our Top 5: Ramen in Hawai‘i

  I owe my addiction to ramen to Yotteko-Ya. The small shop at McCully Shopping Center was my initiation into the world of true ramen, and it left me hungry to try more. But as I tried bowl after bowl at…

Sayonara, Yotteko-Ya

The last bowl. Savoring every drop of the steaming paitan broth. Memorizing the creamy texture on my tongue. Chewing slowly the tender, juicy kakuni meat. Enjoying this meal to its fullest, because it will be my last. Goodbye, Yotteko-ya. The…

Our Top 5: Old-school comfort cheeseburgers

If you haven’t already filed your federal taxes, today’s the deadline. We at Frolic Hawaii would like to do our part to ease the pain. We’ve rounded up our favorite old-school cheeseburgers at local diners, drive-ins and yes, dives —…

Video & pics: Cosplay madness at Kawaii Kon 2017

  I spent the weekend at Kawaii Kon 2017, the largest anime convention in Hawaii. It was good to be among my people. Anime, manga, video games and cosplay as far as the eye could see. I witnessed a lightsaber…

Anime fans, ‘Your Name’ is coming to the big screen

A lucky few got to see the hit anime film “Your Name” when it screened at the closing night gala of last fall’s Hawaii International Film Festival. Now’s your chance to catch it. It premieres in Hawaii theaters on April…

Guide to Kawaii Kon 2017

Thirteen years and 15,000 otaku after it began, it’s back. Kawaii Kon 2017 happens at the Hawaii Convention Center this weekend, April 7 to 9. So to help you navigate this world of anime, manga, gaming and cosplay — and…

An haute cuisine chef is dishing up tacos at Pow Wow

What do starving artists and art lovers at Pow Wow Hawaii eat? Tacos! After stints at Chef Mavro, Vintage Cave and Avenue’s Bar & Eatery, award-winning chef Robert Paik has set up a taco truck in the middle of the…

On the Street with the Toyota 86

Sponsored A street legend is reborn. Janae takes the track-proven, street-ready 2017 Toyota 86 out for a spin. Successor to the celebrated Toyota AE86, the 2017 Toyota 86 comes with a 6-speed transmission, a Boxer-Four engine, revised differential, and paddle…

Where to party on New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve is just around the corner. Not sure where to go? Here’s our guide of all kinds of parties happening around town.   7th Annual Bud Light New Year’s Eve Party of the Year 7 p.m. – 2…

Party pics: Super CW Retirement and Birthday Party

Who can bring out the nightlife crew while the sun is still up? None other than Honolulu’s leading lady for parties, promotions and entertainment: Christa Wittmier, aka Super CW. Her retirement and birthday party last night at Pure Nightclub featured…

Hidden gem: Cafe Fusion

I had promised babes that I would take her to a cafe for breakfast. Someplace she’s never been before. I like surprises, so on a random weekday morning, I took her to church. Sort of. Cafe Fusion is located inside…

Breakfast in Taiwan

A flight across the Pacific, a ride into the city and 12 hours later, here we were: Taiwan. Babes and I immediately got down to business: breakfast. I had my first taste of Taiwan at Jiang Yellow Beef Noodle Shop.…

Hidden gem: Teishoku

Tucked in a corner of Kam Shopping Center. I haven’t felt this young in a while. That was my first thought the first time I ate at Teishoku, a Japanese restaurant that opened in July at the Kamehameha Shopping Center…

Coming soon: Amazing Hawaii Comic Con 2016, Part 2

A cosplayer from the first Amazing Hawaii Comic Con in 2015. Once again, it’s back: the incredible Amazing Hawaii Comic Con 2016 … Part 2. Amid the universe of cosplay, panels, workshops, exhibitors and Pokemon Go challenges coming to the…

Bevy: New chef, new pupu menu, lunch coming soon

My first date with the woman who is now my girlfriend was at Bevy. So it’s fitting that as we close in on our one-year anniversary, I swing by Bevy to celebrate its third. And what an anniversary. Bevy has…

Something new: Yacchaba

What does a Japanese fisherman say to get attention? “Yacchaba!” That’s according to the owners of the newest Japanese izakaya in town, Yacchaba. And get my attention, Yacchaba did. What secrets do you hold? Besides sake and beer. I’m a…

Party pics: Blue Tie Bash 2016

Clean energy non-profit Blue Planet Foundation held their first Blue Tie Bash at the Hawaii Convention on Wednesday evening. This benefit featured a wine tasting, live entertainment, dinner and both silent and live auctions. The highlight of the evening featured…