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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Honolulu Night + Market guide: Summer Solstice

Go away, June gloom: Things are heating up in Our Kakaako! Honolulu Night + Market serves up summer trends and hot fashion, food and entertainment this Saturday. We’re especially looking forward to “Great Food Truck Race” winner Seoul Sausage, fresh…

Kia ora Auckland: Where to eat

Farm to table, sustainable, seasonal, free-range — the trendy buzzwords slathered like jam on menus the world over these days have been New Zealand’s standard practice from the beginning. The cuisine is similar to that of Australia, largely influenced by…

Here it is: Shirokiya's new Japan Village Walk

The moment is nearly upon us! Ever since Shirokiya shuttered its original location across Macy’s at Ala Moana Center last spring, we’ve been twiddling our thumbs waiting for $1 beers, oishii Yataimura eats and perfect pastries again. On Tuesday and…

Kia ora Auckland: What to do

New Zealand, or Aotearoa as it’s known in Maori, is nothing short of magical. From green pastoral landscapes to soaring seaside cliffs, there wasn’t a vista that didn’t enthrall me. Although my six days in Auckland couldn’t do kiwiland enough…

Top 5 things to do this weekend

This weekend, show a bit of your artistic side with thought-provoking design in Our Kakaako, BYOB to Box Jelly’s 5th birthday, witness the “Birth of Sake,” celebrate everything ocean-related at Turtle Bay and find your next art piece at Giant…

Top 5 things to do Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day is the official start to summer fun in the sun! This long weekend you’re in for a bangin’ time at Art + Flea, an oceanside hukilau, fun and games at the fair, garlicky street eats and the quintessential…

Honolulu Night + Market guide: Hidden Gems

Uncover new and hidden gems around Our Kakaako at this month’s Honolulu Night + Market block party! Polish off some Bao Taon baos and cold-pressed juices as you meander through the fashion marketplace, shopping the latest local trends from Confidance,…

Top 5 things to do this weekend

As Mercury wraps up his retrograde tour on Sunday, the stars align for a weekend that aims to please everyone: epic Verdi opera performances, comic book and anime characters at Comic Con, a progressive Hilo-themed dinner, a food- and fashion-forward…

Top 5 things to do this weekend

Get a jump-start on your Aloha Friday with new threads from Sig Zane, then hit up the Republik for a huge burlesque show, stop by Waikiki for a Filipino Fiesta, celebrate veggies in Mililani and party the night away to…

Top 5 things to do this weekend

Between crawling around Chinatown for Cinco de Mayo and preparing for Mother’s Day brunch, there’s a huge weekend ahead with the funky tunes of Chaka Khan, a show with the high-flying comedy duo Cheech & Chong, a banana chase around…

Droolworthy: Volcano Shakes

The Mt. Saint Helens Volcano Shake Volcano Shakes Chances are you saw (and gasped at) a video posted by Business Insider on the mile-high milkshakes that shot New York City’s Black Tap Burgers & Bar to astronomical Instafame levels. Since…

Your SPAM-tastic guide to Waikiki Spam Jam 2016

Mmmm. Do you smell that savory, distinctly porky scent wafting in the spring trades across Kalakaua? That’s right, it’s Spam Jam! For the fourteenth year, the absolutely bonkers street fest takes over Waikiki in a massive celebration of our state’s…

Top 5 things to do this weekend

Lots of libations are in order for this upcoming Earth Day weekend. Celebrate with a wine tasting, a kanikapila fundraiser for Hawaiian charter schools, 100 craft beers at the Honolulu Brewers Festival, a French twist on Vietnamese cuisine and a…

Top 5 things to do this weekend

It looks like event season is in full swing! This weekend, get your fill of cinema under the stars, family fun at Iolani Fair, Hawaiian artisans at Night + Market, a a charity walk and the inaugural Honolulu Beer Week.…

Honolulu Night + Market guide: MAMo

April is Maoli Arts Month (MAMo) and this Night + Market honors the work of native Hawaiian artists, designers, weavers and more alongside a lineup of ono foods in Our Kakaako! Be sure to check out the 8 p.m. fashion…

Something new: O’bop!

I never realized that K-BBQ in a cup, affectionately known by Koreans as “cupbop,” was something we desperately needed in downtown. That is, until Frolic creator Diane Seo tipped me off about this tasty new phenom. Boy am I glad…

Top 5 things to do this weekend

We’ve got your weekend agenda set with a creative showdown at Lana Lane, Highland games and Scottish heritage at Ala Moana Park, a delicious Thai celebration in Waikiki, the state’s largest ocean expo and an inspiring brunch to wrap it…

Hidden gem: Ai Love Nalo

If you follow me on Instagram, you have a general idea of my diet. It’s 90 percent burgers and the rest is an overflowing mix plate of noodles, pizza and tacos. So when I get a tip-off about a plant-based…

Top 5 things to do this weekend

Loosen those belts, folks, you’re in for a weekend full of food, film and laughs: burgers at MW, Italiano street eats, belly laughs at the Hawaii Sketch Comedy Fest and films at both HIFF and the Filipino Film Festival (with…

Top 5 things to do this weekend

Hi guys! I’m back after a week off and man, I’m so ready for the weekend to begin. Wrap up your spring break with Jewish films, an artsy soiree, a molten chocolate food truck rally, haute cuisine for a good…

Who’s coming: Eat the Street Chocolate

Ba-te, ba-te cho-co-la-te! This Friday, you’ll find more than 40 of your favorite food trucks and street food vendors whipping up ooey-gooey chocolate-infused and -inspired noms at Makers & Tasters Kewalo. When: Friday, March. 25 from 5 to 10 p.m.Where:…

Top 5 things to do this weekend

Foodies, you’re in luck. You can start a delicious weekend with a wine, craft beer and sake drink-around benefit for UH’s Shidler business school, celebrate The Moana Surfrider’s 115th birthday with Love of Libations, head to Mililani for Eat the…

Top 5 things to do this weekend

March is off to great start: Slurp at Eat the Street’s Ramen A Go Go, hit the North Shore for some carnival action, party it up with Brody and Devin, vinyasa your worries away and get some choice eats at…

Droolworthy: The Wild Wanger at Wieners Gone Wild

The Wild Wanger, Bacon Edition Wieners Gone Wild at Makers & Tasters Kewalo When Kathy Sills said she had the biggest wiener on Oahu, I told her that I’d have to see it to believe it. Such a serious claim…

Top 5 things to do this weekend

And just like that, February is over! Spend the last weekend of the month at a thought-provoking dinner, shopping around Art+Flea, eating your way through a final Mardi Gras food fest, grooving at a silent disco and paying tribute to…

Who’s coming: Eat the Street Mardi Gras

Laissez les bon temps roulez! Good times roll at Makers & Tasters this Friday as Street Grindz introduces a brand-new theme for the popular food truck rally. Eat the Street: Mardi Gras is one of the rare times we Aloha…

Top 5 things to do this weekend

A short workweek means the weekend’s already here and we’ve got more than a few splendid ways to enjoy it: a talk with famed food writer Mark Bittman, local jams by Anuhea, live art at UH Manoa, a chocolate-making class…

Top 5 things to do this weekend

This weekend some of us are looking forward to Valentine’s Day while others (myself included) are just happy for the extra time off on Presidents’ Day. Load up your playtime with Pow! Wow! street art, a huge ukulele fest and…

Top 5 things to do this weekend

We already know you’ll be at Something new Salt this Thursday, right? Round out the first weekend of February by eating malasadas at Punahou Carnival, getting muddy at Swamp Romp, kicking off Pow! Wow! Hawaii at Honolulu Night + Market,…

Hidden gem: Juicy Brew

The secret’s out. I’m a glutton for vegan food. There, I said it (don’t tell Chuggy Bear). So when a vegan/vegetarian-friendly coffee shop by the name of Juicy Brew started following me on Instagram, I was intrigued. Initially because the…

Something new Salt: Party preview guide

It’s here, our Something new Salt party is here! Well, almost. We sampled the food. We guzzled the lineup of local craft beers. And we sipped more than a few of Bevy’s specially concocted craft cocktails. Mmhmm. The fact is,…

Eat the Street: Luau

Friday’s Eat the Street marked the 5th anniversary of the ongoing food truck rally that continues to attract thousands to the Kakaako waterfront each month. Luau was the theme and in celebration, the trucks and vendors flexed their culinary muscles…

Top 5 things to do this weekend

NFL superstars aside, it’s still a huge weekend. Check out the crazy full list of things to do from Art & Flea to Eat the Street, a Harajuku fashion soiree and a huge Pro Bowl tailgating party! Art + Flea:…

Who’s coming: Eat the Street Luau

Come Friday night, you’ll want to round up the gang and hele mai to Kakaako: It’s the first Eat the Street of 2016! The pau hana fest at Makers and Tasters features hearty local eats from about three dozen food…

Droolworthy: Pastelon at the nook

Pastelon the nook neighborhood bistro Caribbean food is almost completely new to me. I’ve indulged in the harmonious marriage of pork and cheese in a pressed Cubano and savored the distinct spice of Jamaican jerk chicken made in a steel…

Top 5 things to do this weekend

Get the most out of your weekend with a local-kine play, Pie Day, rooftop tunes with Emi Hart, Pie Day, ESPN’s Jersey Fun Run, Pie Day and a huge Vietnamese New Year celebration. Oh, did I mention Pie Day? ‘Not…

Top 5 things to do this weekend

This weekend say a hui hou to Go Jimmy Go, get some grindz in Kalihi, soak up culture at PCC and pay tribute to the new Queen of Soul. Go Jimmy Go A Hui Hou Friday, Jan. 15 5 –…

Top 5 things to do this weekend

Holidays, you were great and all, but I’m so glad you’re over! Now that we’re all back to our regularly scheduled programming, here’s a lineup of films, art, food and booze from Kapolei to Waikiki. Phone Camera Photos 2016 Thursday,…

Top 5 things to do Christmas weekend

Yes, Christmas is Friday (are you ready?) but as always at Frolic, we’re looking ahead. Here’s what’s beyond all the parties, fruitcake and presents: best ways to book up your merry Christmas weekend. Santa Claus and the Mighty Mo Wednesday,…