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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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…

Party pics: First Friday July 2016

While many galleries and stores were closed for the holiday weekend, those participating in the art walk hosted a lively scene. We hit some of the hot spots, including Roberta Oaks’ store on Pauahi Street, Madre Chocolate across the street,…

Eat the Street: Bacon Lovers

Eat the Street’s annual homage to everyone’s favorite cured meat was extremely popular as in times past – big crowds came out to Makers & Tasters to enjoy the summer night and chow down on bacon-themed or bacon-topped offerings like…

Honolulu Night Market: Summer Solstice

It was a beautiful night for food, fun, shopping and fashion under a full moon at Honolulu Night Market’s Summer Solstice celebration, held at the new SALT complex in Kakaako. Highlights included special guest food vendors the “Great Food Truck…

Party pics: Sailor Jerry Festival 2016

The second annual Chinatown-wide Sailor Jerry Festival, brainchild of Jason Miller from 808shows.com and Josh 86 from Downbeat, took over eight Chinatown venues on the anniversary of legendary tattoo artist Norman Keith “Sailor Jerry” Collins’ death to pay tribute to…

Your guide to Sailor Jerry Festival 2016

Here in Hawaii, Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins is a big deal, but then you already knew that. The famous tattoo master’s birthday is celebrated with various shenanigans including an annual trip to Hawaii by the folks from New York-based Sailor…

Party pics: First Friday June 2016

Chinatown was a flurry of activity during June’s First Friday, with the art walk and the restaurants and clubs bringing out lots of people to enjoy the night. We hit some of the happening spots, including art gallery Ten41 on…

Lantern Floating Hawaii 2016

The 18th Annual Lantern Floating Hawaii brought together over 50,000 people at Ala Moana Beach on Memorial Day, joined by thousands around the world via live streaming and telecast to honor loved ones in a solemn ceremony of beauty and…

Party pics: Next Level Memorial Day Pool Party

Super CW, Compose and Contrast Magazine teamed up to throw another legendary pool party on Memorial Day at the Hawaiian Monarch Hotel, with industry folks, residents and visitors alike raging on the pool deck to DJs Darren Zane, Yoo Zilla,…

Eat the Street: Garlic

The mouthwatering scent of garlic and roasting meat were in the air at Eat the Street’s annual Garlic fest, featuring street food vendors from all over the Island serving up dishes with the pungent herb like the special garlic adobo…

Something to see: Above & Beyond Acoustic

There’s something epic happening at the Waikiki Shell next Tuesday. London-based electronic music trio Above & Beyond, known for the poignant trance sound that characterizes their music label, Anjunabeats, is holding a show – but it’s not a rave. Oh,…

Amazing Hawaii Comic Con 2016 Day 2

Traditionally, Saturday is the busiest day of the three-day cosplay conventions, and we spotted lots of creative costumes in the vendor area and on the third floor where the panels were held. Highlights of the day included meeting some of…

Party pics: Ad2 Honolulu 2016 Spring Fundraiser

Ad2 Honolulu hosted its annual spring fundraiser party for young professionals, with #LetAd2Happen at SKY Waikiki Tuesday evening. Pupu, a silent auction, cocktails and live entertainment rounded out the night, which attracted young business people from every field, including graphic…

Party pics: AHA Beat 2016

The American Heart Association (AHA) gathered its sponsors and hundreds of Honolulu’s socialites together at Trump Tower Saturday for an evening of food, drinks and fashion to raise money to help support the Association’s mission of raising awareness for heart…

Party pics: AHA Beat 2016

The American Heart Association (AHA) gathered its sponsors and hundreds of Honolulu’s socialites together at Trump Tower Saturday for an evening of food, drinks and fashion to raise money to help support the Association’s mission of raising awareness for heart…

Party pics: Zak Noyle Exhibition @ T Galleria

The culmination of a long-time dream for pro surf photographer Zak Noyle came to light last night at T Galleria in Waikiki: A surf photo exhibition with never-before seen images of the 31st Annual Quicksilver Surf Competition in memory of…

Party pics: First Friday May 2016

This First Friday, we checked out a few newer spots: The scene at Scratch Kitchen, the remodeled Chinatown Artists Lofts, Downbeat Lounge, where the Erin Smith Band was rocking out, Manifest’s new film photography exhibition, Tchin Tchin lounge (formerly thirtyninehotel)…

Party pics: Cinco de Mayo Cantina Club Crawl

Chinatown was crowded with sombrero and mustache-clad partygoers last night for the annual Cinco de Mayo Cantina Club Crawl, organized by the folks who host the Hawaii Zombie Crawl. With 11 bars and clubs participating and festivities from 6-11 p.m.…

What’s happening: Cinco de Mayo 2016

Ready to get your Cinco de Drinko on? Here’s our lineup of Latin and Hispanic-themed celebrations around the island, plus a roundup of what Mexican restaurants are rolling out for the big holiday! Cinco de Mayo Cantina Crawl in Chinatown…

Did this: Honolulu Brewers Festival

Now in its second year, the Honolulu Brewers Festival, organized and hosted by REAL a gastropub and nonprofit The Victoria Foundation, offered over 120 curated craft brews by local and international brewers, including some industry rock stars. Sierra Nevada, Ballast…

Party pics: Class of Aloha Prom

A fun, prom-themed party took over Crossroads at Hawaiian Brian’s Friday night, with the room decked out in balloons and streamers like a real prom, partygoers dressed in their sharpest threads, and live bands Alt/Air, DUNES, and Ivory City, plus…

Stan Lee @ The Hawaii Convention Center

What is too often missed in our encounters with celebrities, even here in Hawaii, is a chance to get to know them and find out what makes them people. For a little over 300 fans, last night’s relatively intimate panel…

Pics: Kawaii Kon 2016

Here are all our photos from Kawaii Kon 2016 in one place, from amazing cosplay and celebrities to scenes from the Dealer Room, Artist’s Alley, concerts, contests and more. In his closing remarks, Con CEO Faisal Ahmed said badges sold…

Something to see: The Voyage Body Acceptance Project

Second viewing of The Voyage: Body Acceptance Project Saturday, April 9 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., during the ArtDiscovery Second Saturday event. The ARTS at Marks Garage More information and details on the process at www.ropingthemoonstudio.com Putting experiences into words is…

Party pics: First Friday April 2016

We took some colorful shots of the springtime styles, artwork and happenings at April’s First Friday (which also happened to fall on April Fool’s) Art Walk, including the scene at Barrio Vintage, which was hosting the Secret Record Store pop-up,…

Taimane’s Hawaii Theatre Debut: The Elements

Local ukulele musician, singer and songwriter Taimane Gardner made her triumphant debut at the iconic Hawaii Theatre last night, in a two-act performance that featured original music and some of her most popular covers, with beautiful performer collaborations that included…

Eat the Street: Chocolate

Dessert ruled at what was likely the biggest Eat the Street of the year thus far. Rain was predicted but the evening stayed clear and balmy, encouraging tasters to come out and try chocolate-themed offerings like Beyond Burgers’ chocolate-dipped bacon…

Party pics: Contact 2016 Foreign and Familiar Opening Pāʻina

Contact, an annual juried exhibition of contemporary art that makes it a mission to explore the concept of “contact” as it relates to the Hawaiian Islands, its people and their experiences, threw a Hawaiian-style pāʻina Thursday evening to celebrate the…

Honolulu Night + Market: Back to the Future

March’s “Back to the Future” themed Honolulu Night + Market was just that, with a move in location back to the block of Kakaako where it all began, and a look at the district’s future retail vendors and atmosphere with…

Party pics: St. Patrick’s Day Block Party 2016

Thousands of locals and visitors decked out in green hit the streets of Chinatown around Murphy’s and O’Toole’s to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the 29th Annual St. Patrick’s Day block party, hosted by Murphy’s in what has become known…

Party pics: Crawl2Cure Hawaii 2016

The annual Crawl2Cure, a national fundraising organization that supports lifesaving research and those affected by cancer in a really fun way, took over Chinatown for a glow-in-the-dark neon pub crawl of several participating bars and clubs in Chinatown. Colorful, high-energy…

Party pics: CloZee @ NextDoor

Bassheads, Burners and electronica fans looking for a good dance night headed to NextDoor Saturday for French DJ CloZee, a young music producer who learned guitar at 11, started producing electronic music at 16 and whose increasingly popular music could…

Party pics: First Friday March 2016

We hit some of the happening spots during March’s First Friday, including Arts at Marks Garage for a “Strata” mosaic art showcase; the newly remodeled Chinatown Artists Lofts, where only a few artists were back in residence but busy in…

Party pics: Stardust & Starman David Bowie Tribute Party

For its sixth anniversary party, 80s Pop Muzik and DJ Nocturna hosted a special tribute to British music legend David Bowie at Saturday’s event at Bar 35. Highlights of the night included sets by DJs Nocturna and Rhombus that consisted…

Eat the Street: Mardi Gras 2016

Laissez les bons temps rouler! Jambalaya, Cajun spice, Southern-style food and a full brass band performance by military band Disturbing the Peace took centerstage at Eat the Street: Mardi Gras Friday evening, for a colorful night full of good food,…

Party pics: POW! WOW! Hawaii 2016 Closing Party

POW! WOW! 2016 ended with “Stranded in Paradise,” a huge closing party and concert headlined by local rock/reggae stars The Green, at Makers & Tasters Saturday evening. Other performers included DJ Babu and Rakaa Iriscience of Dilated Peoples, beloved Japanese…

Party pics: Acid Wash 10th Anniversary

The original DJs and organizers of long-running 80s music dance party Acid Wash, DJs Nocturna, G-Spot, Quicksilva and Vegas Mike, plus original Acid Wash photog LA Cutie, returned Friday for one big show to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the…

Party pics: Mardi Gras Club Crawl 2016

Seven bars and clubs in Chinatown participated in this year’s Mardi Gras Club Crawl on Fat Tuesday: Square Barrels, Scarlet Honolulu, The ARTS at Marks Garage, Manifest, Downbeat Lounge, Bar 35 and Nextdoor. All served up traditional Mardi Gras food…

Party pics: POW! WOW! Thinkspace exhibition

The third annual POW! WOW! gallery exhibition, curated by Culver City, CA’s Thinkspace Gallery, showcases work by dozens of this year’s amazing POW! WOW! artists at the Honolulu Museum of Art School. Themed “Exploring the New Contemporary Art Movement,” the…

Honolulu Night + Market: Pow! Wow! Hawaii Kickoff Party

February’s night market kicked off festivities for one of the most anticipated art events worldwide, Pow! Wow! Hawaii, adding a fresh, artistic energy to the all-ages Our Kakaako block party, with artists from Honolulu and beyond live painting and drawing…