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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One Billion Rising Honolulu

A crowd gathered in Chinatown Thursday night in support of One Billion Rising, a movement to raise awareness about ending violence against women. The journey began at Mark’s Garage, where supporters danced through the streets to the beat of Congolese…

Ukulele Picnic in Hawaii 2013

Performers from around the world played at Sunday’s Ukulele Picnic in Hawaii at Kaka’ako Waterfront Park, with fabulous weather throughout the day. Performers ranged from Thailand’s Singto Numchok and Kalei Gamiao to Natalie Ai Kamauu to Ohta-San and Nando Suan.…

Party pics: MEDAH Fundraiser

The Middle Eastern Dance Artists of Hawaii (MEDAH) held a fundraiser Saturday at Loading Zone. Lovers of Middle Eastern culture took the stage and danced and sang throughout the event. MEDAH promotes the diversity of Middle Eastern and related forms…

Party pics: POW WOW Hawaii 2013 Opening Party

POW WOW Hawaii kicked off its 2013 art week with an opening group art exhibition on Saturday at Loft in Space. Both local and international artists showcased their works. POW WOW is a gathering of contemporary artists that engages with…

Party pics: 808 Social Networkers

808 Social Networkers, a new networking group for professionals from all industries, gathered Thursday evening at Pearl Ultralounge for its first mixer, with drinks and pupu. 808 Social Networkers ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 22 jQuery(function($) { new…

Music Monday at Loading Zone

Mondays are notoriously slow in nightlife, but Kimee J. Balmilero and Loading Zone are hoping to remedy that with Music Mondays. Every other Monday evening, they’ll be hosting a music-themed event at the Chinatown venue. Last night’s launch featured an…

Party pics: First Friday February 2013

First Friday celebrated Chinese New Year with lion dancers, fireworks, artists and salsa dancers. The clubs and streets of Chinatown were packed, as the First Friday and Chinese New Year celebrations raged into the night. We got our art fix…

Party pics: Miguel Migs at Lotus

Lotus Downtown Honolulu kicked off its 7th anniversary weekend this Friday by bringing down internationally acclaimed DJ Miguel Migs. Hailing from San Francisco, this deep-house DJ, producer and musician brought dropped the beat with his eclectic mix of house, reggae,…

Party pics: Mele Mei press event

Loading Zone in Chinatown opened its doors Monday night to host the Mele Mei press event. Mele Mei is a monthlong festival of Hawaiian music, hula, and culture, happening this May. The press event featured local musical talent such as…

Comedian Michael Winslow: Man of 10,000 Sound Effects

Michael Winslow: Man of 10,000 Sound Effects ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 16 Famous for his roles in the movie Spaceballs and the Police Academy film franchise, actor and comedian Michael Winslow headlined The Showroom at Hawaiian Brian's…

Party pics: Soulgasm Hawaii Five-Year Anniversary

The beat didn’t stop as Soulgasm Hawaii celebrated its five-year anniversary at thirtyninehotel. Lyanne Brooks hosted the party in collaboration with special guests from Soulgasm NYC. The floor was filled with dancers, with music provided resident DJs HughB, Matt Kee, Yuji,…

Party pics: Urban Renaissance Part 2

Hip-hop loyalists and veterans gathered at Loading Zone on Sunday night to share in their love of Hawaii urban street culture. The night started with a viewing of Ice T’s award winning film “Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap.” Afterwards,…

Party pics: ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’

The ARTS at Marks Garage held a screening Tuesday night of cult classic, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Audience members were encouraged to dress as their favorite character from the film and participate in the ongoing side commentary. Let’s do…

Party pics: GIFT Foundation Party

Jetsetters and go-getters flooded the walls of The Modern Honolulu on Friday night for the GIFT Foundation of Hawaii’s 10th annual fundraiser. The theme of the event was “GIFT Airways – Come Fly with Us”, which celebrated the golden age of air…

Party pics: Pink Party at VICE

VICE held a Pink Party Saturday night to raise awareness and contribute to local breast cancer groups as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The party was sponsored by VICE, Element Group, RACESAUCE, Hi Beer, FMA at UHM, with a portion…

Party pics: Science Fiction Ball

An eclectic gathering of cosplayers came down to Nocturna Lounge on Saturday afternoon in support of the PAC501 Science Fiction Ball. Cover was donation only, with all proceeds from the event being donated to Prevent Child Abuse Hawaii. Attendees came…

Party pics: Yellowcard

Yellowcard packed the walls of The Republik for their debut performance in Hawaii on Tuesday night. Originally hailing from Jacksonville, Florida, some of their hit songs include “Ocean Avenue,” “Way Away”  and “Only One”. The floors shook from the dancing of…

Party pics: The Circus

Chinatown Newspaper held a circus-themed, back-to-school party at Bar 35 on Saturday night, appropriately named The Circus. Party attendees were encouraged to come in costume, ranging from the fun to the bizarre.  A saucy variety show was held in collaboration…

Party pics: RAW: ENSEMBLE

The RAW artists showcase — with a rotating lineup of performing and visual artists, musicians, filmmakers, photographers, makeup artists and fashion designers — returned to Vice on Friday night with ENSEMBLE, featuring artists and performers, including jewelry designer Kai Ea…

Party pics: Streets of Fire after-party

M Nightclub at Restaurant Row was packed Friday night for the special Hawaii Food & Wine Festival after-party, with Roy Choi from Kogi BBQ and Chef Roy Yamaguchi serving up gourmet tacos, seven master mixologists shaking up amazing cocktails from…

Party pics: ARTafterDARK Beat the Heat

As summer comes to a close, partygoers tried to Beat the Heat at Friday’s ARTafterDARK at the Honolulu Museum of Art. Surf rockers Kalani and the Cruisers took the main stage, jamming out classic tunes from The Beatles and The…

Party pics: DJ Vice at Addiction

DJ Vice came down to Addiction Nightclub for a special set on Thursday, and proved that the party doesn’t ever stop. Veteran partygoers from the Honolulu nightlife scene, along with visitors to Hawaii, danced the night away. DJ Vice began…

Party pics: Pancho Abalos

Ewa Beach artist Pancho Abalos showcased his J-POP-inspired urban art at Prototype in Pearlridge Center on Saturday. The showing featured a silent auction with items donated by Pancho and other local artists, including Loading Zone’s Chanel Tanaka, with proceeds going…

Party pics: RAW: RADIATE

It was another night of art, expression and entertainment Friday at Vice Nightclub for RAW RADIATE. This co-op of creativity gave local artists a venue to showcase their skill and crafts, such as photography and painting. The event was hosted…

Party pics: Trilogy II

Fresh Cafe blew up Saturday as fans of the urban lifestyle came to celebrate Trilogy II, the premier street culture event in Hawaii. Bboys and girls battled in friendly competition, while various local hip-hop artists entertained the crowd. Lowrider autos…

Party pics: ARTafterDARK Tattoo

There was a lot of ink and excitement at Friday’s ARTafterDARK Tattoo at the Honolulu Museum of Art. Live body painting was the main event, as M.A.C artists melded people with art. DFS makeup artists also were on hand to…

Party pics: ARTafterDARK Tokyo Story

Japan came to Honolulu at Friday’s ARTafterDARK Tokyo Story at the Honolulu Museum of Art. The venue was packed wall to wall with fans of Asian culture, who were treated to kendo exhibitions, calligraphy workshops, manga artists and a Harujuku…

Party pics: RAW at Vice

Artists, performers, and musicians gathered on Saturday night at Vice Nightclub for RAW. Hosted by Sean Douglas, the event featured local dance company Blank Canvas, beat box artist Jason Tom, the band Delayed Resistance, along with a fashion showcase from…

Party pics: Nextworking Professionals Mixer

Pearl Ultralounge blew up Thursday evening for the summer Nextworking Professionals Mixer. Hundreds of trendsetters and professionals packed the place, as partygoers made potential new clients and new friends. It was a great event for social networking. Nextworking Professionals Mixer…

Party pics: ’80s Pop Muzik Karaoke Contest

Talented performers flocked to Saturday’s ’80s Pop Muzik Karaoke Contest at Bar 35. Hosted by DJ Nocturna, a $200 cash prize was up for grabs, along with other great giveaways. Karaoke was provided by Walter’s Sound and Karaoke Shop. With…

Party pics: Vino & Vegas

The Filipino Chamber of Commerce brought games and fun to The Villa Saturday for its Vino & Vegas fundraiser. The theme was the Roaring ’20s, with men dressed in zoot suits and women as flappers. Wine tasting was available throughout…

Party pics: ARTafterDARK Rockfest

A festival of sound was held at Friday’s ARTafterDARK at the Honolulu Museum of Art. Attendees had the opportunity to dance the night away, with three different stages of live music, showcasing rock from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. Seven…

Party pics: Art & Flea – Aloha

There was a lot of aloha at Thursday’s Art & Flea fashion bazaar at Fresh Cafe. An exotic mix of vintage and handcrafted sundries from local artists and vendors were available, along with live painting, a photo booth, a raffle…

Party pics: SMASH @ Vice Nightclub

Vice Nightclub at Ward Centre blew up Saturday night with the SMASH graduation party, which offered free entry to college students and complimentary champagne until 10:30 p.m.. Goose, Crown and Patron specials were available during the first hour, with music…

Party pics: First Friday May 2012

During May’s First Friday Art Walk, we paid a visit to some of the most lively venues, such as A Geisha Affair at SoHo Mixed Media Bar on Pauahi St., a new spot called Loading Zone on Hotel St., The…

Party pics: First Thursday

The “No Rules” First Thursday poetry slam got underway last night at Fresh Cafe, allowing poets to perform in creative and unpredictable ways throughout the summer. Seasoned poet and performer NerCity from Oakland was the featured poet of the night.…

Party pics: ARTAfterDARK Heroes and Villains

Good and evil battled at the Honolulu Museum of Art on Friday for ARTafterDARK, in anticipation for the upcoming release of “The Avengers.” Superheroes and supervillains danced the night away to tunes provided DJ Anit and DJ Kevin. While at…

Party pics: Art & Flea – Spotty Dotty Party

The fashion mavens from Art & Flea held another themed swap meet at Fresh Cafe, called the Spotty Dotty Party. The event featured local vintage and handmade fashion, art and music, with entertainment by KTUH, DJ Mainframe, DJ Motardelah, along…