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Helena's Hawaiian Food

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Hawaiian, Barbecue, Asian
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1240 N School St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817
(808) 845-8044
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10:30 am - 7:30 pm
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Tue - Fri 10:30 am - 7:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 264
    Excellent
  • 82
    Very good
  • 27
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
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The food is very good but there is no atmosphere to speak about as it is a hole in the wall. Go for the food.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
RTC411
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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20 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The food is very good but there is no atmosphere to speak about as it is a hole in the wall. Go for the food.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

want authentic, try Helena's, not for everybody .............. laulau, pipikaula very good .... limited parking ..........

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Thank mushihnl
Honolulu, Hawaii
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79 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It just does not get any better than this. Talk about a local Hawaii experience. Everything about Helena's SCREAMS authentic Hawaiian food. Everything. Come early, find a table, and ask the folks sitting at the next table what to order. They'll be happy to give some pointers, guaranteed. This is a family friendly sort of place. Come hungry.

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Thank VGinParadise_10
Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Went here for lunch with a few friends one day. I ordered everything ala carte: squid luau, pipikaula short rib, and poi. OMG it was the best short rib ever! Everything was so delicious! Will definitely go back. FYI, they're a cash only establishment, parking is limited, and they are closed on Mondays.

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1 Thank msladyk
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a Great place for Hawaiian food. I always recommend it to my visiting friends but it has a few inconveniences: small place (limited seating, always order to go), Long lines to get food (Because is good!!!) and limited parking. My recommendation is to visit this place off heavy traffic hours or order via phone like i do.

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Thank Edwin C
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Food is always of good quality. This is the place to go for great local Hawaiian food. Service is great.

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Thank chiefs_malu
Victoria, BC
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My daughter and I werent fans. The pork was good, but i found the ribs grisly....but im not a meat person so....... Helpful, friendly staff

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Thank marnasunshine
Helsinki, Finland
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51 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Based on all the good reviews we decided to try Helenas Hawaiian food. It was located on the outskirts of Honolulu but we had a car so no problem. We even managed to park right infront of the restaurant. Maybe 5-6 persons were outside waiting for a table. So we put our names on the list and sat on the... More 

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Ft Worth
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm quite sure there are lots and lots of folks who love this place and the food they make--I'm just not one of them. Guess I wouldn't be a good Hawaiian. The place was crowded when we went and the employees were VERY nice and helpful. We tried the ribs, pig and cabbage, luau squid, beef with watercress all accompanied... More 

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Redwood City, California
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25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We ordered kalua pig, short ribs, luau chicken, poi, macaroni salad and fried butterfish collar. Everything was amazing. And you can't beat the price! All the dishes, plus two scoops of rice and two drinks, and it was barely over thirty dollars. My favorite was the butterfish collar. Runner-up was the short ribs. We finished everything, including the haupia that... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1240 N School St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Oahu  >  Honolulu
  • Phone Number: (808) 845-8044

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Hawaiian, Barbecue, Asian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Tuesday
10:30 am - 7:30 pm
Wednesday
10:30 am - 7:30 pm
Thursday
10:30 am - 7:30 pm
Friday
10:30 am - 7:30 pm

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