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Helena's Hawaiian Food

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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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Hours:
Tue - Fri 10:30 am - 7:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner

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  • 213
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  • 62
    Very good
  • 23
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  • 4
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  • 1
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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
The best food on the island

This is the best food Ive had since I've been on this island. The prices are great the people are nice. The owner is not bossing people around, he is working with the crew. Everyone is great! And the food you will love,love,love! Those ribs are the bomb.com. I wish they could deliver😍

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

This is the best food Ive had since I've been on this island. The prices are great the people are nice. The owner is not bossing people around, he is working with the crew. Everyone is great! And the food you will love,love,love! Those ribs are the bomb.com. I wish they could deliver😍

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

One of my first meals in Hawaii and the food was amazing. We ordered just one of the set combos (I can't remember which one) and a few other dishes to share. Here is a what I thought about each dish Mac salad - good but not amazing enough for me to think about it every day Lau Lau -... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

This is the real deal. If you want to experience true Hawaiian food, get out of Waikiki and go to Helena's. Best kahlua pork ever! This is not fine dining, but with food this good, who cares!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Love everything on the menu. Easy fo share the dishes. Service is good. Small place so go early. Parking in front or on street.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I have eaten here on and off for the last 40 years. If you like authentic Hawaiian food, this is the place to go. The food is consistently good, with mainstay dishes such as Kalua Pig and Laulau, along with delicacies not usually found, such as ake (raw livers), naau puaa (pig intestine stew) and salt fish. Highly recommend

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

I don't think you're going to get any better short ribs on the island. The pork is delicious as well. However, you're better off ordering out since there is no AC.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Parking is limited & you may have to wait. Line moves quickly or you might try take out. Portions are small so you can mix several dishes to try different items. I had macaroni, Poi, Luau chicken & pulled pork. They also have small ribs & beef stew that looked good. This is a local family owned place, not fancy.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

We visited Helena's for take out on our last full day on Oahu. We bought the laulau, and 1 lb of kalua pork. They were both delicious. I had never had laulau and loved it. The kalua pork was delicious, not too salty like others I have had. The owner was taking orders, she chatted with us for 10 minutes.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

The atmosphere was a very friendly and relaxed one. We really enjoyed the Kalua pig and the macaroni salad. It was a very wonderful visit. They do only take cash so you will want to make sure you have some when you go.Thank you for the great visit and food!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

The Kalua pig is the highlight - succulent and flavourful with a hint of smoky flavour. The laulau was excellent too - soft luau leaves and tea leaves wrapping a bit of fatty pork and butterfish. The fried butterfish and pipikala short ribs were also excellent. Loved the staff - they were friendly and informative, and Helena's grand daughter on... 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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Local cuisine
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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