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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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…

Pig and the Lady opens in Tokyo

  Proving that pigs do fly, Chinatown's Pig and the Lady opened its first global outpost in Tokyo this past Saturday to lines and packed houses. Pig's signature banh mi sandwiches and flavor-bomb pho noodle soups are here, along with…

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…

Iyasume makes up to 23 kinds of Spam musubi

The first time I wrote about Musubi Cafe Iyasume, a local chain that opened in 2000 off a tiny hotel lobby in Waikiki, they were making 17 kinds of Spam musubi. That was two years ago. Last time I checked,…

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…

Foodflash: Pigs do fly! Look who's opening in Tokyo

It's official: After months of rumors, Chinatown's Pig & the Lady confirms today that its first overseas restaurant will open in Tokyo this fall. The new restaurant will be owned by Tokyo-based Transit General Office, whose other restaurants include four…

Summer slime: Natto Day feast coming 7/10

Note: The July 10 natto dinner is sold out! So we've added an identical encore feast on Sunday, July 14, 2019. For tickets to More Summer Slime: 7/14 Natto Feast encore, order online at Eventbrite. There is slime, and there…

One of Honolulu's best chefs is cooking vegan next week

I couldn't believe the Instagram message from Jennifer Hee, chef at Kaimuki's Juicy Brew: "Hi Mari! Chef Jon Matsubara will be popping up here next week. Vegan Feast!" Matsubara, you may recall, was the architect of the $65 Ultimate Loco…

Ultra-local stuff you find at Foodland Farms Ala Moana

If you think Foodland Farms Ala Moana is a standard higher-end supermarket, you've either never been or you need new glasses. It opened nearly two years ago as the biggest of Foodland's 33 stores, just two blocks from the state's…

Natto again! All-natto dinner coming April 17

Note: The April 17 natto dinner sold out in record time. So we've added a second natto dinner with an identical menu at Zigu on TUESDAY, APRIL 23 at 6 p.m. Scroll down for the ticket link! Break out the…

Local food is back

Maybe it was when Waipahu's 72-year-old Highway Inn opened up in Kakaako in 2013. Or when Liliha Bakery expanded to Nimitz Highway the following year. After that, especially in the last few months, things have snowballed: Longtime eateries we grew…

Look what's open for lunch in Moiliili

The exact moment Jon Matsubara became one of my favorite chefs was when he put a bowl of foie gras-topped short rib and micro watercress greens in front of me, poured in hot broth and called it pot-au-feu — French…