Mari Taketa

Digital Dining Managing Editor

Digital dining managing editor is the longest title Mari Taketa has ever held. A 10-year veteran of traditional journalism, in a past life she traded her job as editor of Hawai‘i Business for nonprofit adoption work in Ho Chi Minh City; she regards her current food writing and editing as a step toward nirvana. Mari runs Frolic Hawai‘i, HONOLULU Magazine’s digital food blog. Coming after a stint at McKinley High School’s Daily Pinion, journalism degrees from Northwestern and Columbia universities and jobs at The Associated Press’ Tokyo bureau and Hawai‘i Business, Frolic is her professional excuse to indulge her food passions. She is also excited by travel and periodically attempts to learn new languages.

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Best of Honolulu 2020

We sought out the best of everything—from local sake to seafood boil, bank to barbershop—and expanded our list with a finalist in every category chosen by our readers.

Supporting Kapolei restaurants just got a huge incentive

Kapolei, you not only have restaurants that make townies jealous, you now have a community effort to keep them in business. Eat. Love. Kapolei is an ongoing drive through July 31 to support local eateries to help them stay open.…

Coming 7/10: Natto Day takeout dine-around

Just when it seemed all hope of Hawaii's annual midsummer Natto Day feast celebrating Japan's infamous stinky bean was lost, a text message saved the day. It was from Scott Pang and Greg Sekiya, creators of the local Facebook natto…

Local restaurants may not survive. Here's how you can help

Thomas Ray, a partner at Downtown Honolulu's Square Barrels, knew he was in trouble. Business was down 80%, he'd taken no salary from the time all Hawaii restaurants closed their dining rooms in March until his emergency small business loan…

Here's what Hawaii restaurants are doing about coronavirus

Editor's note: Frolic is monitoring the evolving coronavirus situation as it affects our local foodscape. Now that the U.S. government has recommended not eating at restaurants for the next 15 days, we're compiling a quick list of who's doing takeout,…

What's happening with Alicia's Market?

The sun is shining a little brighter on Mokauea Street in Kalihi this new year: Alicia's Market, the three-generation poke shop that was gutted by a fire in 2018, is finally starting its rebuild. "We're looking at summertime" for reopening…

Foodflash: Foodland is opening a poke restaurant in Kakaako

Foodland, the state's biggest locally owned supermarket chain, just announced it's opening a poke bar and restaurant Dec. 12 in Kakaako. Redfish, a 36-seat eatery at Salt Kakaako, will have poke and other dishes plus local beers, craft cocktails and…

Manoa gets a new Feast

You who drove to Moiliili and fought for parking to eat Jon Matsubara's butter-poached crab and bacon sandwiches and fried chicken dipped in umami aioli and gochujang sambal, and you who never made it to his months-long Feast at Anasia…

Chef's picks: What to eat at Rangoon Burmese Kitchen

I met Khun Sai, chef-owner of Chinatown's Rangoon Burmese Kitchen, at last month's Hale Aina awards. Or rather, Sai had just won Best New Restaurant - Editor's Choice, one of only two awards selected by the top eaters on the…