Kelli Shiroma Braiotta

Former Digital Marketing Specialist

Kelli Shiroma Braiotta joined the Frolic Hawai‘i team as a freelance writer in 2016 and came on board full-time the following year. She became the digital marketing content for HONOLULU and covered Hawai‘i’s food scene for Frolic—a path that started with journalism degrees from Biola University (print journalism) and the University of Southern California (digital journalism) and wound through jobs as an AutoZone copywriter and church communications director. An unabashed fan of brunch, cheesy dishes and dessert, Kelli also loves working out, travel and all things Disney.

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35 local sweet and savory treats for Halloween 2020

Who says we have only one day to celebrate Halloween? We're not just talking sweets — local businesses are making a whole gamut of spooky treats, including savory dishes and boo-zy cocktails. Some are only available the day or week…

Where to find lobster rolls in Honolulu

First there were blowout weekend specials at Earl Sandwich. Then Jolene's Market in Chinatown came out with one. And now, in the middle of a pandemic, lobster rolls are a micro trend in Honolulu. Here's the claw-some lineup.  12th Ave…

We found Japanese-style souffle pancakes at a ramen shop

Goma Tei Ramen's weekend breakfast at Kahala is back in action. Although it debuted in July, it's still intriguing, not only because it's a ramen shop with breakfast, but rather the menu of souffle pancakes, spicy pork belly bao and more. These are what get me out…

Two-minute takeout: The spread at Shaloha Pita

It's still a delicious landscape out there! As we ride out this pandemic, many of us are trying takeout from places we've never been before. Kelli Shiroma Braiotta tries a Kaimuki spot known for its Middle Eastern cuisine.  Hi guys,…

250+ Oahu restaurants are reopening for dine-in from Sept. 24

Not only are lockdown restrictions being eased starting tomorrow, we can eat out again, Oahu! That is resounding good news for eaters and restaurants islandwide that have been surviving on takeout orders for the last four weeks. Officially we'll be…

Delicious deals this week

Like the rest of Oahu, we're crossing fingers that lockdown 2.0 will end this week. In the meantime, it's a few more days of takeout only and the deals, they still abound. Here's what we found. Basalt: 10% off $10…

Your guide to pickup and delivery of local snacks and essentials

Maybe you're not comfortable venturing out these days. Maybe you're tired of scrolling through Instacart looking for fresh local produce and snacks. Lucky for you, options for local delivery and pickup are increasing, not just for Island-grown fruits and vegetables but…

Vino's $58 takeout dinner for two is a deal

The pandemic has changed the landscape of dining in Hawaii, giving rise to creative pivots at restaurants that have stayed open. That's why DK Restaurants' Waikiki-based Sansei and DK Steak House have been operating out of Vino Italian Tapas &…

There's AYCE soup, salad and pasta in Moanalua

Olive Garden is famous for its unlimited soup, salad and breadsticks. For the month of July, locals can experience something similar — but with pasta thrown in — for $12.99 at Mangiamo by 604. AYCE soup, salad and pasta is…

Ice cream patrol: Costco has new ice cream sundaes

When Frolic assistant editor Thomas Obungen texted me that the Costco food court now has ice cream sundaes, I practically leapt off my chair. It was like my prayers for respite from the muggy, sweltering heat had been answered. I…

Grilled cheese 2.0: Three crispy, oozy new sandwiches

It turns out that for us, pandemic eating means comfort eating. And by us I mean me and by by comfort eating, I mainly mean grilled cheese.  The quintessential American sandwich never gets old. There's something so soothing and nostalgic…

Kakaako's Bluetree Cafe now serves $5 glasses of wine

Bluetree Cafe is known for its health-conscious coffee drinks and cold-pressed juice cleanses, but when I saw a recent post on Instagram, I had to stop scrolling to make sure my eyes did not deceive me.  A glass of wine for $5? Wait,…

Dine-in and takeout menus for Father's Day 2020

What are you treating Dad to on Father's Day this Sunday? Now that restaurants can welcome diners again, you have your choice to spoil him with both dine-in and takeout specials. Whether you want the ultimate barbecue feast or a…

Kapolei gets a new ramen and izakaya spot

I don't go to Kapolei often but I found myself there twice in the same week for the new Tanaka Ramen and Izakaya.  See also: Our go-to: Ramen Tanaka Ramen is in Kapolei Marketplace, in the former Agu Ramen space on the…

Changes you'll see when you eat at restaurants again

You dove into cooking at home in March, then stepped up the restaurant takeout and deliveries, and even experimented with DIY food kits for hot, fresh food with minimal effort. And now, at last, the day we've been waiting for…

Still at home? Here are fun DIY food & drink kits

Let's face it: We love our beach time, but we're still looking for ways to fill home time. Thanks to some easy DIY kits, we can be our own gourmet chef or mixologist and end up with something fresh and…

These Oahu restaurants are reopening for dine-in

Editor's note: We did our best, but we had to stop updating this list on June 4, the night before Oahu restaurants reopened their dining rooms, when announcements from eateries started coming in too fast for us to keep up.…

Two-minute takeout: 22 Kailua

Update Sept. 20, 2020: Bento offerings have changed since this post, so check and order on their social media. In other news, 22 Kailua now offers pickups in town so townies don't have to trek over the Pali. It's still…

Jolene's Market just debuted a fried chicken sandwich

Like many other restaurants, Jolene's Market closed temporarily when Hawaii's stay-at-home order began. But the Chinatown food hall recently reopened for takeout, revealing a new, hugely expanded menu at Da Buttah Lobster. See also: Honolulu's newest lobster roll is in…

New Midnight Hi delivers midnight munchies

Enormous chocolate chip cookies bigger than your head. Two pounds of assorted fries with tubs of dipping sauce. Tater tots covered with mac and cheese, sriracha aioli AND Flaming Hot Cheetos. It's clear that all inhibitions are lost when you order delivery…

A new ramen restaurant just opened in Kaimuki

A ramen restaurant has opened for takeout in Kaimuki — yup, in the middle of quarantine. Noods Ramen Bar caught my eye when foodie friends posted delicious-looking bowls. Curious, I clicked on Noods' Instagram and immediately saw bowls I wanted…

Essential eats: A sweet tooth's quarantine survival guide

It's Friday and day number 102,389,787,234 in quarantine. At least it feels like it, and it's time for a treat. Working from home has made me crave sweets even more. Pandemic or not, dessert is always essential. Fortunately, there are plenty of…

60 special takeout menus for Mother's Day

Mother's Day is special, no matter what the circumstances. Whether you celebrate at the table with Mom or order her a feast to share on Zoom, there are dozens of takeout meals that will make her feel special. Scroll below…

Where to score taco deals on Cinco de Mayo

Ole! How often does Cinco de Mayo fall on a Taco Tuesday? Scroll below to see which restos have special Cinco de Mayo menus and other Taco Tuesday deals.  See also: The best Taco Tuesday deals on Oahu Alejandros Mexican Food:…

Two-minute takeout: Ige's Lunchwagon & Catering

It's still a delicious landscape out there! As we ride out this pandemic by staying at home, many of us are trying takeout from places we've never been before. Kelli Shiroma Braiotta was craving plate lunch, so she stopped by…