From local grown coffee to fish fresh from the ocean, Waikiki is a food-enthusiast’s playground. Travel writer Lori A. May shares five local tastes to try on your next visit to Honolulu.

A fresh cup of Kona coffee. © Honolulu Coffee Company. FWT Magazine.

Photo: A fresh cup of Kona coffee. © Honolulu Coffee Company. FWT Magazine.

Honolulu Coffee Company

2365 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu HI 96815

Start your vacation by savoring a local cup of Kona coffee at Honolulu Coffee Company where beans are harvested from the Mauna Loa region of the Big Island. The cafes serve espresso beverages and gourmet foods, but you’ll also want to take some of this local flavor home. Try a bag of Kona Estate beans and Kona Coffee BBQ Rub.

Kona Big Wave draft beer at Tikis Grill & Bar. © CT Shier. FWT Magazine.

Photo: Kona Big Wave draft beer at Tiki’s Grill & Bar. © CT Shier. FWT Magazine.

Tiki’s Grill & Bar Waikiki

2570 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu HI 96815

Tiki’s Grill & Bar has a spectacular oceanfront rooftop patio perfect for Happy Hour or watching the sun set along Kuhio Beach Park. Chef Ronnie Nasuti creates farm-to-table Hawaiian-Pacific Island-American fusion cuisine. Try the Hawaiian Ahi Poke or Kalua Pig Quesadilla for light fare to accompany a draft of Kona Big Wave or Longboard Lager.

Loco Moco plate lunch from Loco Moco Ohana in Waikiki. © CT Shier. FWT Magazine.

Photo: Loco Moco plate lunch from Loco Moco Ohana in Waikiki. © CT Shier. FWT Magazine.

Pauhana Market Waikiki

234 Beach Walk, Honolulu HI 96815

You’ll find Pauhana Market Waikiki just behind Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort. This food truck market has a handful of independent eateries frequented by locals. Grab a shrimp plate lunch at Five Star Shrimp or try the authentic loco moco from Loco Moco Ohana.

Coconut Shrimp at Duke's Waikiki. © CT Shier. FWT Magazine.

Photo: Coconut Shrimp at Duke’s Waikiki. © CT Shier. FWT Magazine.

Duke’s Waikiki

2335 Kalakaua Ave #116, Honolulu HI 96815

Celebrate legendary Duke Kahanamoku at Duke’s Waikiki where the beachfront patio boasts ocean views with Diamond Head just off on the horizon. Grab a quick drink at the Barefoot Bar or settle in for a relaxing dinner. Start with Coconut Shrimp served with curried frisee and spicy lilikoi sauce, then dig in to island fresh fish or Huli Huli Chicken.

Caramel Coconut Macadamia Nut ice cream from Lappert's Hawaii. © Lappert's Hawaii. FWT Magazine.

Photo: Caramel Coconut Macadamia Nut ice cream from Lappert’s Hawaii. © Lappert’s Hawaii. FWT Magazine.

Lappert’s Hawaii

2005 Kalia Road, Honolulu HI 96815

Head to Lappert’s Hawaii for “super premium” ice cream. After one lick, you’ll be hooked. Try a scoop of Caramel Coconut Macadamia Nut or Coconut Pineapple for an island-inspired treat. One of my favorites was Caramel Cashew Turtle Cluster, thanks to the ooey-gooey caramel. While there, be sure to sample their locally grown coffee and fresh-baked cookies.

Macadamia Nut Cookie Sampler from Lappert's Hawaii. © Lappert's Hawaii. FWT Magazine.

Photo: Macadamia Nut Cookies from Lappert’s Hawaii. © Lappert’s Hawaii. FWT Magazine.