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Helena's Hawaiian Food

1240 N School St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817
(808) 845-8044
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Ranked #6 of 1,916 restaurants in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Hawaiian
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
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Vine Grove, Kentucky
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

As others have said, parking is sparse and waiting for a table will challenge your patience. We got our food to go, and it was worth the drive and the time.

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New York City, New York
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

By the time we reached Helena's we had wined & dined in over 10 different restaurants. None of them can serve you the delicious, authentic food you will get at Helena's! As a family of four we literally "pigged" out. The layout is the same as a local Chinese restaurant so come to eat and don't expect interior design eye... More

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San Francisco
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94 reviews 94 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

You feel like you're in a relative's house for dinner. While we were waiting, the owner came out and chatted with us, telling us about the restaurant, offering sightseeing tips, etc. Once we were seated, the staff was very friendly. The food is no nonsense, very good home cooked Hawaiian dishes. The poi was super fresh, so fresh that the... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

This place was everything previous reviewers has said it would be, BUT BETTER!!! It was my last stop before hitting the airport. Everything was delicious and the owner was wonderful! I had the fish dish and it was literally the best fish I've ever tasted. Not a fan of poi, but it too was tasty! Do not leave Oahu without... More

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Fort Knox, Kentucky
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Worth the stop. Pig and ribs were delicious!!!! The place is packed for lunch. Don't wait for a table, just place an order to go.

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Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
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11 reviews 11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Go for the RIBS. One of the many good things on their menu. You can't go wrong with the Ribs, Butter fish colors, lau lau and the lomi salmon with poke. Broke the mouth.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Great food! Great price! Great atmosphere! Had a real Ohana old Hawaiian family feeling. Staff were very friendly and gave us great service.

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Humble, Texas
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59 reviews 59 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We picked up to go on our last day on oahu. The parking lot is tiny and it seems to be in an older part of town.....but man this was good food. We tried several things in a true effort to go"deep Hawaiian" including poke and laulau. All good stuff. Very warm and welcoming host who made sure we were... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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50 reviews 50 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

I grew up just a stone's throw from Helena's and never set foot in the restaurant. I guess we were satisfied with where we were dining at but a friend kept mentioning the place so we dropped in to compare. I was very pleased at the food, service and the ambiance. I still like our old stand-by but Helena's delivers... More

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Vancouver, Washington
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61 reviews 61 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Aaah the problem when a great restaurant gets on a national TV show. I'm sure that it really picked up their business which is fantastic since it is a family run local place. Just makes it way too crowded. Oh well. First parking is very limited. Always make sure you have another driver with you. We always end up double... More

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