January 2022: The 3 Frolic Hawai‘i Articles You Liked Most

Oxtail soup was definitely up there—but it wasn’t January’s most-read post.


At Frolic, we’re constantly checking our metrics to see what posts resonate most with readers. The answers are usually eye-opening and help steer our constantly evolving coverage to where your appetites are strongest. From this January we’ll start sharing the results with you.


Scroll down to see which three stories you read most in January. And for the record, the next three most popular were Our Fave New Hawai‘i Restaurants of 2021, But First, Brunch: 4 New Brunches to Check out in Downtown Honolulu/Chinatown, and Order These Chinese New Year Foods Online for Drive-Thru Pickup.


No. 3: The Best Things We Ate in Hawai‘i in 2021


Ribeye Roll Hannodaidokoro Credit Thomas Obungen - january pick

Photo: Thomas Obungen


Published Jan. 3, 2022

The Frolic team is a collection of 1.5 staffers, food-loving writers at sister publication HONOLULU Magazine, and a core group of freelancers who have been part of Frolic’s DNA for years. This roundup of favorite bites of 2021—everything from Miyazaki beef yakiniku to pizza to konbumaki—was a delicious chance to showcase all their appetites and bylines.

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No. 2: You Voted: Here’s Your Top 5 Oxtail Soups on O‘ahu


Neiman Marcus Espresso Bar Oxtail Soup Pc Sean Morris. january pick

Photo: Sean Morris


Published Jan. 27, 2022

Published at the end of January, this post quickly racked up more page views than Your Top 5: Saimin Spots on O‘ahu, Your Top 5 Okazuya and Your Top 5 Ramen Shops, our three most popular reader rankings of 2021. We always knew O‘ahu loves oxtail soup; we never realized you love it this much!

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No. 1: Jan. 31 Will Mark the End for a Whole Block of Ke‘eaumoku Eateries. Here’s Where They’re Going


Don E Don Honolulu Korean Restaurant Donedonribs2

Photo: Martha Cheng


Published Jan. 17, 2022

The story of more than a dozen eateries and other businesses relocating to make way for new condos is not new—this block has been gearing up for redevelopment for years. But during my last haircut upstairs from Menchanko-Tei, I learned the three months’ notice given to tenants was coming to an end in January. That set off a door-to-door visit to every eatery to find out their status. The sheer number of restaurants and their longevity on one of Honolulu’s most beloved eating streets drew more eyes to this article than our top post of 2021. It served its purpose—to let eaters know what was happening to their favorites—especially after all three local TV news stations picked up the story and ran their own segments, including Frolic’s longtime partner Hawai‘i News Now Sunrise.

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