Tracy Chan

Frolic Contributor

Tracy Chan is a journalism graduate of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, and a founding member of Frolic Hawai‘i’s predecessor, Nonstop Honolulu. Formerly known as a nightlife photographer, in her current career she is a freelance journalist, photographer, copy editor and art gallery communications manager. Tracy is an adventurous soul who will try any dish once. She enjoys discovering new foods, things, places, people and paradigms.

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Your best guide to a Kakaako craft beer crawl

Kakaako is the center of Honolulu’s craft beer universe. With four establishments now offering solid selections and different drinking environments within a two-block radius, we put together this craft beer bar crawl – a pau hana plan that hits each…

The parade of costumes at Hallowbaloo 2016

Thousands of revelers came out to eat, drink and show off their costumes at downtown’s spookiest street party on the Saturday before Halloween. Intermittent rain did nothing to scare off these souls. Live entertainment on the main stage featured DJ…

HFWF16: Hungry Monkey

Savory morsels, decadent desserts, potent but delicious libations – Hawaii Food and Wine Festival’s Hungry Monkey event at The Modern poolside decks Thursday evening had it all. In celebration of the Year of the Fire Monkey, and the adventurous and…

Insider’s guide to Hallowbaloo

(Sponsored) Photo by Tracy Chan Why do we like Hallowbaloo so much? Why is Saturday’s street fest THE place to celebrate Halloween? Take it from one who’s covered it for years: Here’s what to look for at this year’s Hallowbaloo.…

Parties, eats, movies, music: 10 picks for Halloween

What are you doing this Halloween season? Whether it’s ghoulish eats, scary flicks or all kinds of Halloween parties, there’s plenty of happenings to keep your blood curdling. Here are 10 picks to get your ghoul on. HALLOWBALOO Saturday, Oct.…

New and upcoming eats in Chinatown

Chinatown has always been a kind of microcosm. A bustling ethnic marketplace during the day, it has long been known as THE place to go for nightlife in Honolulu. But the flavor of Chinatown has been changing, literally, thanks to…

Hawaii Zombie Crawl 6: Never Say Die

Each year before Halloween, the shambling hordes of the undead stumble the streets of Chinatown, looking for music, booze and braaaaaiiinnnnsss! One wristband gave the zombies access to exclusive drink specials, live music and festivities at all 13 participating venues:…

Hawaii Food & Wine Festival 2016: The wine

This year’s Hawaii Food & Wine Festival has some spectacular once-in-a-lifetime events for wine connoisseurs. Thanks to the generous donation from a private wine collector’s widow and the talents of master sommelier Roberto Viernes of Southern Wine and Spirits, there…

10 shots: Eat the Street Oktoberfest

One of the best-attended Eat the Street events of the year, Oktoberfest pulled out all the stops (pun intended) at Makers & Tasters Friday night. An expanded beer garden served up Goose Island Oktoberfest, Gordon Biersch Marzen and the usual…

Awesome scenes and eats from Rice Fest 2016

Sunday’s Rice Fest was the seventh annual celebration of the staple grain that is essential to our island cultures. Thousands showed up on Auahi Street in front of TJ Maxx and Pier 1 Imports throughout the sunny afternoon for SPAM…

HawaiiCon 2016

About 1,200 fans turned out for the Big Island’s third annual HawaiiCon celebrated the 50th anniversary of “Star Trek” last weekend. Special guest celebs included actors Walter Koenig (Chekov) and Nichelle Nichols (Uhura) from the original series and Jonathan Frakes…

Something to see: 2016 Improvaganza Festival of Improv

If you’re not familiar with improv comedy, it is exactly what it sounds like: unscripted. The actors get up onstage without lines or places, often without knowing where their skit is going to go. Acting on input from the audience…

The return of House of Brews beer tasting

House of Brews, Bar 35’s weekly Wednesday beer tasting, is back! Just in time for Octoberfest, Beer 808’s brewmaster Andy Baker hosts the just-relaunched series with weekly themes like German Beers (Sept. 14), Fall Beers (Sept. 21) and Oh My…

First Friday Art Walk September 2016

We hit some of the spots that were seriously happening despite threat of a hurricane during September’s First Friday Art Walk, including the fun and decidedly eccentric “Dinner Party” themed show at The Arts at Marks Garage, vintage clothing vendors…

Art & Flea: Summer Wonders

Art & Flea, the long-running haven for local vendors, artists and craftspeople, set up shop at the Honolulu Museum of Art School on Victoria Street for a summer event that showcased locally made arts and crafts, plus DJs from KTUH…

Eat the Street: Spicy

The trade winds picked up just in time for Eat the Street: Spicy at the Makers & Tasters lot across from Ward Centers, cooling things down a bit and encouraging people to try spicy themed offerings like the Habanero pepper…

Made in Hawaii Festival 2016

The huge annual Made in Hawaii Festival this weekend is a fantastic place to find hundreds of local-kine food and condiment vendors, clothing and jewelry designers, horticulturalists, artists, woodworkers, Hale Aina Award-winning chefs, Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning musicians and more…

Pacific Ink and Art Expo 2016 – Day 2

The second day of the Fifth Annual Pacific Ink and Art Expo was crowded, a lively gathering of tattoo artists and enthusiasts from all over the world. Some notable artists in attendance were legendary tattoo veteran Lyle Tuttle, who has…

First Friday Art Walk August 2016

During August’s First Friday, we dropped in at Brue Bar on Merchant Street for John McCaskill’s “Suicide Prints” woodblock art show, the new Palate restaurant, formerly Soul de Cuba, Madre Chocolate for live music and chocolate samples, The Human Imagination…

Comic Con Honolulu 2016 recap

With Year Two under its belt now, it looks like Comic Con Honolulu has found its legs. It might not be as crazy as San Diego Comic Con or as huge as Dragoncon, but our Comic Con, staffed by all…

Comic Con Honolulu 2016: Day 2

Saturday at Comic Con Honolulu was a big day, with amazing costumes around every corner and a packed program that included panels by George Takei, John Barrowman, Colin Ferguson and other special guests. The much-anticipated Cosplay Contest let everyone show…

Eat the Street: BBQ

Although evening sprinkles dampened the mood, this month’s Eat the Street at the Makers and Tasters lot was full of delicious finds, with a BBQ theme encouraging vendors to get out the smoked meat, grilled goodies and cole slaw. Some…

A chat with John Barrowman

John Barrowman is the consummate entertainer. He dances, he sings, he writes, he hosts TV shows, he acts his heart out. He’s known as one of the sexiest, wackiest, most unexpected men in showbiz, but at the same time, he’s…

The Joy of Sake 2016

Kanpai! Sake lovers converged on the Hawaii Convention Center last night for the sold-out 2016 edition of The Joy of Sake, an annual event known both as the largest public sake-tasting celebration outside Japan and one of the best places…

The Cure at Blaisdell

It’s hard to believe The Cure has been around for 37 years now, but the legendary band’s hits are, if anything, just as beloved today as they were in the 80s. Robert Smith (voice/guitar), Simon Gallup (bass), Jason Cooper (drums),…

TEDx Honolulu 2016

The topic of this year’s TEDx Honolulu, a local, self-organized event that, like the official TED Talks, aims to bring the community together over ideas worth sharing, was FLOW. Talks by notables including local artist Solomon Enos, master procrastinator Tim…

Party pics: Anna O’Brien’s 47th Anna-versary

Here’s a fun fact about Anna’s, that iconic Honolulu fixture that was started in 1969 as Anna Bannana’s (initially misspelled but they kept it for flavor) by entrepreneur Gary Budlong as a 60s-themed dive bar and has managed to go…

Fourth of July 2016 at Ala Moana

Thousands of people came out to Magic Island, Ala Moana Beach Park and Ala Moana Center, some even camping overnight to get the best spots, for the 25th annual Fourth of July celebration which culminated in its largest and longest…