Thomas Obungen

Contributing Dining Editor

Thomas Obungen joined the Frolic Hawai‘i team in 2015 as a contributor after a two-year stint in Los Angeles where his passion for seeking out unique and delicious finds was set ablaze. In the years that followed, he rose the ranks to become its associate editor and is now the assistant editor. Prior to Frolic, he worked for an Apple reseller that outfitted Hollywood’s top studios with custom computers, planned obscure costume parties and wrote press releases for the U.S. Navy. He is a graduate of Mililani High School and Hawai‘i Pacific University.

In addition to writing for Frolic Hawai‘i and HONOLULU, Thomas co-owns a boutique marketing agency called Slug Media and works in retail for therapeutic reasons. You can find him power walking through Makiki and Mānoa on most mornings and most likely with an iced coffee in hand.

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Articles

Build your own fresh pasta bowls at new Mio Pastalogy

We're seeing a huge shift in our dining scene as high-end restaurants come up with ways to reach a more budget-conscious crowd. Takeout specials have replaced white tablecloths at M by Chef Mavro, 53 by the Sea and Dean & DeLuca have weekly…

How a katsu sandwich got me hooked on healthy eats

This is a story of how a really great tonkatsu sandwich became my gateway drug to Coco Bloom Kitchen's local organic menu of power salads, jam toasts and smoothies. I'm yearning to travel again, especially to Japan, where eating everything I come across…

Reader poll: Vote for Hawaii's best classic loco moco

How did we even make it this far into 2020 without hitting the reset button a million times? It's already Election Day, so take a deep breath and vote: Help decide who makes Hawaii's best loco mocos. Jason Chin's best…

Farmer's market finds: amazake smoothies, luxe breakfasts at Kakaako

Farmer's markets are breeding grounds for food innovation and have given rise to some of Hawaii's most successful concepts and restaurants. Frolic's farmer's market finds series shines a light on interesting, unique and ono discoveries.  The Kakaako Farmers Market has evolved…

5 holey reasons to try Kakaako's new donut truck

I truly believe people are born loving three things: puppies, kittens and donuts. So when Holey Grail, a Kauai-based donut truck with a cult following, began popping up in Kakaako in late August, donut worshipers made the pilgrimage to Ward Village Shops…

Two-minute takeout: Okata Bento

All kinds of restaurants are open for takeout, and now's as good a time as any to try them. Two-Minute Takeout sends Frolickers to places they haven't been to pick up meals for quick tableside reviews at home. Lyndon Okata…