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Helena's Hawaiian Food

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Polynesian, Hawaiian
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1240 N School St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817-2013
+1 808-845-8044
Tue - Fri 10:00 - 19:30
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went here in search of real Hawaiian food and we sure found it! Nothing fancy, just plain good food! Great prices, and fast as well. The Haipia here was better than at other places we tried, and the shortribs were excellent as well

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St louis
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39 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love this place. Authentic Hawaiian food. Ordered lau lau, kalua pig,poke and rice. Of course they plenty of other delicious food. The place has no parking so park were you can. The place is very busy with locals and tourist. The dining table are limited so we take out. The order takers was very good at helping us pick... More 

Thank Papuka2
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31 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Three 30-somethings from Chicago/DC. Recommended by my gf's friend who used to live in Oahu. Smaller, simpler place with really really good local food. Most likely will have to park on the residential streets. We had about a 15-20 minute wait for lunch. Highly recommend the ribs for sure, also the lau lau, the long rice chicken, and the fried... More 

Thank Mark W
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Tiny little place so expect to see people waiting outside but the wait seems to go quickly and it is worth it. They have some combo platters but recommend the ala cart menu so you can try different things Must try menu items: Luau chicken - you have to get past his this looks but once you do you will... More 

Thank Questseekers
Arlington, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great place, with a very authentic Hawaiian family feel. The food is very good, well prepared. I tried the pork, lomi salmon, and some poi. I discovered that poi is not my personal favorite, but I can say that it was well prepared, fresh and creamy. The staff were very friendly and very efficient given the line... More 

Thank Greg W
Honolulu, Hawaii
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We've been eating and ordering Hawaiian Food from Helena's for years and they've been serving since 1946!! Consistently great food with some of our favorites being the Luau Squid, Pipikaula, Laulau & Kalua Pig. It's all good!!

Thank vtropic
Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant is frequented by 'Locals' and has a good selection to choose from. The staff is very friendly and the service was great.We enjoyed the items we ordered and will come back when we are in Honolulu.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My family and i have been on Oahu for a week and just decided for our last meal we'd try out Helena's. BEST DECISION OF THE WHOLE TRIP. The pig..... oohhhh the pig. Im gonna be dreaming about that smokey, tender, juicy meat for the next month. This is not "fine dining" by the books but any one of their... More 

Thank Rick S
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It's a great place to experience local food as locals do. Price is good too. Do not expect fine dining.

1 Thank T-K-GAS
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The concierge at our hotel recommended this place, and it did not disappoint. The pipikaulas here are superb, and they'll show you how to eat them the "correct" way with raw onion and sea salt. I started with a small order and ordered another one before I even finished them. The macaroni/potato salad , while is sounds weird, was awesome... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Polynesian, Hawaiian
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
10:00 - 19:30
10:00 - 19:30
10:00 - 19:30
10:00 - 19:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1240 N School St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817-2013
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Oahu  >  Honolulu
  • Phone Number: +1 808-845-8044

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?