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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Party pics: First Friday Art Walk Feb 2016

February’s First Friday art walk went later than usual, with several locations switching it up and going til 10-11 p.m. with art receptions, trunk sales and more. We hit some of the most buzzed-about places, including the new Nuuanu ROC…

Mardi Gras Club Crawl 2016 preview

Who’s ready for Mardi Gras? This year the celebration is not a street festival but a club crawl through seven bars and clubs in Chinatown and Downtown: Scarlet Honolulu, The ARTS at Marks Garage, Bar 35, NextDoor, Manifest, Downbeat and…

Party pics: Bow Ties & Bling 2016

Rizen Hawaii, spearheaded by young philanthropists – and birthday boys – James Chan and Ryan Kalei Tsuji, hosted the fourth annual Bow Ties & Bling fundraiser party for Make-A-Wish Hawaii at M Nightclub and Restaurant Row Saturday. The indoor/outdoor party…

Foreseeable Futures CD Release Party

Words by Kate GreennagelPhotos by Tracy Chan Local acoustic indie duo Foreseeable Futures celebrated the release of their full-length debut album “Stories” Friday evening at The Studio at Hawaiian Brian’s. The couple, known for being both ridiculously good-looking and ridiculously…

Pics: New Year’s Ohana Festival 2016

The Japanese Cultural Center of Honolulu celebrated the start of 2016, the Year of the Monkey, with its big annual New Year’s ‘Ohana Festival, a fun-filled event for all ages, with traditional Japanese and Okinawan food like okonomiyaki and andagi,…

Party pics: Awolnation @ Republik

Los Angeles electronic rock band Awolnation, fronted by Aaron Bruno, rocked a sold-out show at Republik Saturday night, delivering their catchy, gritty hits like “Sail,” “Burn It Down,” “Kill Your Heroes,” “Hollow Moon” and more with unrelenting passion and energy.…

Party pics: Phone Camera Photos 2016 Art Show

Friday evening, the Arts at Marks Garage held the annual Phone Camera Photos show, a conceptual, curated gallery showing that featured the work of about 40 Hawaii photographers. The catch: All the images have to have been taken with mobile…

Party pics: Party of the Year 2015 @ Aloha Tower

Happy New Year! The sixth annual Party of the Year was THE party to be at on Thursday night. Celebrants of all ages packed Aloha Tower Marketplace for the event, which offered a variety of attractions, including the Eat the…

Tracy Chan’s picks for New Year’s Eve

Tracy Chan is a seasoned nightlife expert: She’s been covering every major party in town for years. We asked for her best recs for Thursday night. What are YOU doing New Year’s Eve? If you answered with an eye roll…

Honolulu Night Market: Rogue Christmas 2015

Honolulu Night Market held its last streetfest of the year on a rainy Saturday evening, with its annual Rogue Christmas theme. Along with the regular food offerings and shopping, a highlight of the event was the debut runway show from…

Here are the It Kids from Erin Smith Vocal Coaching

Local singer-songwriter Erin Smith and Star 101.9’s Kevin Jones hosted a night of music featuring talented young singers and songwriters in her vocal coaching program. Youngsters taking the stage to sing covers or original music, backed by Smith’s band, included…

Paper & Plastic KTUH Music & Comics Pop-Up

Bar 35 hosted the first Paper & Plastic pop-up shop Saturday in conjunction with KTUH College Radio, offering a selection of used CDs and vinyl from the KTUH vaults, plus vintage comics and collectible graphic novels. KTUH DJs spun for…

Party pics: Holiday RAWk Showcase

The RAW Natural Born Artists showcase returned to Hawaiian Brian’s Thursday with a holiday edition that included local vendors offering unique crafts, jewelry and artwork for sale, along with performances by new local bands Ivory City and Thunderstorm, and some…

Party pics: DJs Against AIDS

Double-O-Spot and Hulas Bar and Lei Stand teamed up Saturday evening, just after World AIDS Day (December 1) for the 11th Annual DJs Against AIDS fundraiser party. All of the proceeds go to The LIFE Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to…

Party pics: First Friday December 2015

We hit the hot spots on the last First Friday of the year for art receptions and more. At Cake Envy, dessert-themed jewelry pieces were sold in conjuntion with nonprofit Project Hawaii to help homeless teenagers in Waianae. At ARTS…

Eat the Street Korea: Round 2

Since last week’s Eat the Street got rained out, Street Grindz on Friday invited vendors to return for a do-over event at Makers & Tasters at Kewalo Basin. Although the theme was Korean, with offerings like Flyin’ Ahi’s kalbi fries,…

Janet Jackson @ Blaisdell Arena

When I was in high school in 1998, there were basically four songs on the Top 40 radio: Santana’s “Smooth,” Savage Garden’s “Truly Madly Deeply,” Brandy and Monica’s “The Boy Is Mine” and Janet Jackson’s “Together Again.” (Side fact: I…

Party pics: First Friday November 2015

For November’s First Friday, we hit the streets, shops, galleries and clubs of Chinatown, including ARTS at Marks Garage, where a crowd came out for the debut of a new exhibition, Makakolu, plus Abstract Magazine’s 9th issue launch party; Roberta…

Party pics: Level H 10th Anniversary @ District

Level H Promotions, headed up by Hanson Nguyen, celebrated 10 years with a party at The District Saturday night, located just below the former O Lounge where the promotion company first got its start in 2005. Many of the DJs…

Party pics: Hallowbaloo 2015

The annual Hallowbaloo Music & Arts festival moved from Chinatown to Downtown’s historic district, with the Hawaii State Art Museum serving as the hub. Costumed attendees roamed the streets, lined with local food and drink vendors, while the crowd gathered…

Eat The Street: Dia De Los Muertos 2015

Friday’s Eat the Street at Makers & Tasters celebrated both Halloween and Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), with attendees putting on their sugar skull makeup or Halloween costumes for a Mexican-themed night of delicious grinds and a…

Party pics: RAW Honolulu MERGE Showcase

RAW: Natural Born Artists returned to Honolulu Thursday night at a new venue: The Crossroads at Hawaiian Brian’s. Featuring 20+ local artists, musicians and fashion designers, the indie arts organization hand-selects and showcases artists in film, fashion, music, art, performing…

Hallowbaloo 2015: A chat with Booker T Jones

One of the most anticipated appearances at this weekend’s Hallowbaloo Music + Arts Festival is Booker T Jones. If his name sounds familiar, Jones is a legendary soul musician and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer who’s been in the…

Party pics: Hawaii European Cinema Gala 2015

Stars, socialites, filmmakers, philanthropists, royalty and other VIPs from Hawaii, Hollywood, Europe and beyond worked the red carpet Friday at the Hawaii European Cinema Gala (Eurocinema) at the Moana Surfrider. The guest of honor was France’s leading lady of cinema, renowned…

Pics: Miss Vamp Hawaii 2015

The fifth annual Miss Vamp Hawaii, a vampire beauty pageant, took place at Hawaii Theater Sunday evening; with a competition similar to normal beauty pageants, but with a darker edge. It featured a performance by special guest Aurelio Voltaire, plus…

Pics: 2015 Kaneohe Bay Air Show

The first day of the Kaneohe Bay Air Show at Kaneohe Bay Marine Corps Base featured vintage and modern aircraft, food booths, carnival rides and games, and a much-anticipated appearance by the Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron, one of the…

Party pics: Hawaii Zombie Crawl 2015

Zombie hordes took over Hotel Street Saturday night for the fifth annual Hawaii Zombie Crawl, a production with 13 participating venues, live music, an Undead Dating Game, zombie weddings, an Instagram contest, zombie-themed drink specials and more. Despite the rain,…

Party pics: Carnevil @ CabaRAE

The return of the masquerade party known as Carnevil, now in its second year, brought masked and costumed revelers out to the CabaRAE showroom in the Hilton Hawaiian Village Saturday night. Along with performances, house music was spun by Djs…

Something to see: Volary Aerial Burlesque’s Manimal Menagerie

This weekend, the enchanting and awe-inspiring ladies of Volary Aerial Burlesque celebrate their 5th anniversary at the ArtZone, the intimate venue where they first got their start, with Manimal Menagerie. The menagerie concept as described by Volary Aerial co-founder/director Lady…

Classic horror takes over Kaimuki Movie Museum

If you’re a classic horror movie fan, here’s something you don’t want to miss: For five days a week, Thursday through Monday for the rest of October, the Kaimuki Movie Museum is playing classic horror movies. Like what? The iconic…

Hawaii Belly Dance Convention 2015 Shimmy Showcase

Guest performer Shahrzad. The 11th annual Hawaii Belly Dance Convention kicked off Friday night at the Honolulu Museum of Art’s Doris Duke Theatre with a back-to-back showcase of belly dance performers from around the world. The first show featured a…

Party pics: First Friday October 2015

Fall was in the air for October’s First Friday Art Walk, with autumn and Halloween themes all around town. At The ARTS at Marks Garage, the Āina Aloha art show teamed up with Hallowbaloo for a brightly colored, but also…

World premiere of Kealoha’s ‘The Story of Everything’

Photo by Tracy Chan “The Story of Everything” took root in Kealoha Wong’s mind four years ago, when his then-girlfriend told him he was going to be a new father. Sent into “future father freakout mode,” the internationally acclaimed poet…

Eat the Street: Oktoberfest 2015

Beer and bratwurst (and some seriously delicious pineapple fried rice from Mega-load Burgers) were the highlight of this month’s Eat the Street, held at Streetgrindz’ new Makers and Tasters location at the former Fisherman’s Wharf. Many of the vendors got…

Something to see: Improvaganza X – Hawaii Festival of Improv

The 10th Annual Improvaganza: Hawaii Festival of Improv kicked off Thursday at The ARTS at Marks Garage with a sold-out showcase, featuring four performers and troupes who had the audience laughing til their faces hurt. Like last year, this year’s…

Party pics: NextDoor’s 10th Anniversary

Michael Gray, Mark Becker and owner Daniel Gray. Chinatown cornerstone club NextDoor celebrated a decade of art, fashion, music, and debauchery with a Gold, Glitz & Glam-themed party on Wednesday night. The party also doubled as a belated birthday party…

Honolulu Night + Market: Homecoming

September’s Honolulu Night Market brought out a big crowd of all ages for a Homecoming-themed event, to celebrate school being back in session. Retail vendors included BeachComber Design, Chance’Em, Hi Dose, Red Label Clothing, Mamalani, Valerie Joseph and more. Popular…

Our Top 5: Late-night spots for study or work

It’s evening, you’re totally not feeling the heat in your muggy apartment or you’re getting too distracted at home, and you’ve got a big assignment due tomorrow. You want to go somewhere and work, but everywhere is closed … or…

#HFWF15: Beauty and the Feast finale at Ko Olina

The grand finale to this year’s Hawaii Food and Wine Festival, Beauty and the Feast, got under way Sunday as the sun was setting over Ko Olina’s beautiful lagoons. The sold-out event featured 12 master chefs from all over the…