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

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  • 185
    Excellent
  • 49
    Very good
  • 22
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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
Fantastic Hawaiian Food!

Stumbled on this place from Google and we got there just in time. The food was absolutely delicious and it's got a great family atmosphere. It wasn't busy when we got there but when we left, there were people lined up outside and the place was packed. It would totally be worth the wait if you... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Stumbled on this place from Google and we got there just in time. The food was absolutely delicious and it's got a great family atmosphere. It wasn't busy when we got there but when we left, there were people lined up outside and the place was packed. It would totally be worth the wait if you caught the busy time.

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Atlanta, GA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

We stumbled here upon a recommendation from a local. The atmosphere is kind of like a friendly diner. We had a bit of a wait as this is a popular place for locals and also tourists looking for something authentic. Helena the original owner passed away a few years back but you can meet her daughter who is just lovely.... More 

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Pinole
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Forget the Luaus, if you want the best traditional Hawaiian food without the bus ride and the crowds this is it. The price is right, the service fast and the food is better than any Luau I have been too. The ambiance is lacking. This is a local dive. But the food is excellent.

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Coronado, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

There's a line out the door because people are smart, they know a good thing. It is worth the wait or just do take out, so fast. The lady doing take out is so helpful and kind. The neighborhood is very scary looking and parking is really tough. Still worth the trip.

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Darwin, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Then old here is great, loved the flavours . My kids who are fussy eaters tried it and wanted more. For real Hawaiian food, this place is definitely worth the visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

I moved here 20 years ago, never was a big fan of Hawaiian food until I tried Helena's. Eat their pipikaula, squid luau, chicken long rice, lau lau and kalua pork once and you'll crave it forever. Casual and cash only, closed Sat-Sun-Mon. Get there when they open at 10 am to avoid the long line.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

If you want to get a true taste of Hawaiian food, go there. You can order a variety of food in small portions for a fair price. Bring cash!

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

We came here on Halloween 2014 when there was that huge traffic jam which brought the whole island to a halt. It took us an hour and a half to get here from Waikiki but it was worth it! I'll start by pointing out that they are cash only. Save yourself the walk down the road to the ATM and... More 

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Bountiful, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

We ate here today after 10 days of being in Hawaii and eating Hawaiian food and we still thought it was amazing. Definitely the best Kahlúa pork and ribs we had during our stay.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Giving Helena's my coveted 5 star review. The 5 stars is for the food and service. The place isn't fancy and the parking is lacking, but the food and friendly Hawaiian service make up for it! We tried just about everything on the menu. Everything was excellent. My favorite was the pork and cabbage. The short ribs, luau chicken, grilled... 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?