Lee A. Tonouchi

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“Da Pidgin Guerrilla” Lee A. Tonouchi’s works written in Hawai‘i Creole have gained national recognitions. His Pidgin poetry collection Significant Moments in da Life of Oriental Faddah and Son won da Association for Asian-American Studies book award. His Pidgin children’s picture book Okinawan Princess: Da Legend of Hajichi Tattoos won one Skipping Stones Honor Award. An’ den his Pidgin play Three Year Swim Club wuz one Los Angeles Times Critic’s Choice Selection.

 

Some of Tonouchi’s local prizes include winning da 2004 grand prize in da 21st annual HONOLULU Magazine fiction contest for his story “Seven Deadly Local Sins.” An’ den hana hou, brah, in 2006, he won da grand prize again for his story “Legend of da River Street Gambler.” Be sure for read his HONOLULU Magazine classic “Da Untold Story of Hawaiian Santa.” Even though came out in 2014, it’s even more relevant today.

 

Articles

Da 7 best snacks at 7-Eleven Hawaii right now

Lotta times when you go 7-Eleven, you might rush in for grab what you need an' den dig out. But what kine wonderful surprises might be in store if you took da time for just browse little bit? Das why…

Shaka or no shaka? Da 7 new snacks we tried

I love it when companies come out with fancy twists on familiar snacks. But will these new experimental-kine snacks have staying power? Read on for find out my 411 on seven snacks that make you wonder: What dey going tink of…

Unusual kine snacks you find at Fisher Hawaii

I love when I find unusual kine snack foods at stores you no normally associate with food. Da oddah week I came across one baked malasada muffin mix at City Mill. An'den couple days later I found da snack aisle…

Buttery garlic shrimp stay inside one burger now

I used to associate garlic butter shrimp with tourists, cuz they da ones who drive all da way to da North Shore for stop at da shrimp trucks for get 'em. But then one funny thing wen happen. Da ting…

Da best teri beef is teri prime rib!

I had long given up on searching for da best teri beef. To me, when you go plate lunch places, teri beef is either competent or junk. Lotta times da same restaurant might be both competent and junk cuz depends when you…

Da Top 10 stuffs Hawaii people always get from Trader Joe's

"You're from Hawaii, aren't you?" da Trader Joe's cashier asked my friend. "Why? Because I'm Asian?" my friend came self-conscious all of a sudden.  "You Hawaii people," da cashier said, shaking her head. "You always buy the same things." When…

My New Year's resolution: Try eat dis and 2 oddah tings

You going try anyting new for your New Year's food resolution?  Part of da reason I love writing for Frolic is da opportunity for personal growth. It's my chance for learn more about foods and cultures and for try dishes I might nevah oddahwise sample. I remembah…

In defense of Pumpkin Spice Spam

I wuz tracking it when da new Pumpkin Spice Spam launched this fall. Spam.com and Walmart.com, da only two places selling this limited edition Spam, sold out of 'em in less than a day. It came and went so fast…

Da Zippy's fried chicken sandwich hack

Mac Salad Chicken Sandwich? If you look da menu at Zippy's, you probably tinking, Eh, no more one Mac Salad Chicken Sandwich, Leeeeeeee! Are you tricking us? Did Frolic accidentally run your April Fool's writeup in December? Trust me, this…

Da Halloween candy personality test

People get strong emotional connections to candy. When I asked my friends what their favorite candies wuz, dey often had one story that told how come it wuz their favorite. Like my friend Puma whose parents tried to hide from…

Battle of da chili dog plates: Round 2

Q: Which chili dog plate stay more awesome? When I did my chili dog battle between Zippy's and Rainbow Drive-In, some readers complained that it wuzn't one fair battle cuz I went to da Rainbow's in Pearlridge, which they said…

KaSnack attack! Okinawan Sweet Potato Crisps

What? Small kid time, Yick Lung's Nib-bits used to be my favorite snack. Ask people from my Gen X era and they'd all probably tell you they could pound one whole bag, no problem. I not sure when exactly, but…

KaSnack attack! Diamond Bakery x Dunkin's collab donut

What? I love it when local companies team up with Mainland companies for create new hybrid products. This collab between Dunkin' and Diamond Bakery stay getting lotta publicity lately and like many people, I kinda curious too. Every single ting you need…

Battle of the chili dog plates

Q: Which classic chili with hot dog plate stay mo' ono? For me, growing up in Aiea, Rainbow's has always had kinda that townie mystique. All da kids who lived townside would talk about Rainbow's. One of da dishes dey…

Battle of two legendary oxtail soups

Q: These old-skool diners built their reputations on oxtail soup. So which one mo' bettah?  Legend has it that Kapiolani Coffee Shop and Kam Bowl share da same legendary oxtail soup recipe. Something about one divorce and da secret recipe as…

Broke da mouth: Da one that got away

Da Sumo Saimin Special My go-to omiyage for bring back from Kauai had always been Hamura Saimin noodles. Whenever we went Kauai we always made sure for eat Hamura Saimin at least couple few times, then on our last day we…

Broke da mouth: How is McDonald's global menu?

In Hawaii we kinda lucky our McDonald's get lotta exclusive tings that other McD's no more. It warms my heart when I see tourist peoples getting excited when they eat one of our delicious Taro Pies. Their faces so opposite compared…

KaSnack attack! 7-Eleven's Local Style Saimin

What? My secret shame wuz going be revealed when my editor texted me one picture of this and asked if I wanted for review 'em. Though I wuz super intrigued, I wuz kinda hesitant for get 7-Eleven's new Local Style…

Broke da mouth: 3 offbeat loco mocos you gotta try

I love creativity, so I'm always down for trying one unusual take on da classic loco moco. Most times it means just subbing out da meat portion with some oddah kinda meat besides one hamburger patty. But chef people do…