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Helena's Hawaiian Food

1240 N School St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817
(808) 845-8044
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Ranked #12 of 1,940 Restaurants in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Tue - Fri 10:30 am - 7:30 pm
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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Melbourne, Australia
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56 reviews 56 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

After eating Japanese, and then more Japanese in Waikiki, we went in search of some Hawaiian food and of course Helena's comes up on an Internet search. Thus, we were happy to drive out the Helena's, wait 20min for a seat, and watch eagerly as the dishes came out to those already seated, hoping to get an glimpse of this... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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489 restaurant reviews
676 helpful votes 676 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

A favourite with locals, as testified by long lines. But the fact that a place is popular doesn't necessarily mean it's great. That said, this restaurant is not a bad way to try popular Hawaiian dishes at a reasonable price. Owner Helena infuses a friendly culture to the staff. The food is not top quality, but they have everything here... More 

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vancouver
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

We stumbled upon this gem after leaving the Bishop museum. This food was AMAZING. The services was quick and to-the-point but still very friendly and fun. Did I mention the food was amazing? Order the luau chicken, order the ribs, order everything and enjoy. :)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Place is a little small, but service is fast and awesome food...food was excellent. Combos or ala carte.

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Central California
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27 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Helena's is an institution. Always crowded with locals, and only open tuesday through friday. Very limited parking, also. A must for authentic old style Hawaiian food. By no means fancy, but friendly family service and everything is freshly prepared. Recommend the chicken long rice, kalua pig, poi, lau lau, and of course the short ribs-their signature dish, lomi-lomi salmon and... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Great food if you are looking for some authentic Hawaiian food and up for trying poi. Try menu option B with poi or rice. Liked it so much I bought a T-shirt.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Saw them on the food network so decided to give it a try. We have tried Ono's and Highway Inn we liked them both, but the difference here is the owner. She is a great lady who works the register and she really makes you feel like family. So kind and friendly you could talk to her for hours. The... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

A quaint little place near a corner, do not underestimate the food because of the size. This place is always packed and parking is tight. I had Menu B which consisted of kalua pig, sliced ribs, poi (which is the freshest I've tasted thus far), haupia (gelatinous coconut usually served in cubes or prisms), Hawaiian sea salt and slices of... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Good food. I'd never had poi before, but it wasn't too bad. The staff was very friendly and the pork ribs were great. I would definitely recommend eating here. If I go back to Honolulu, I would go back in a heartbeat,

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Duluth, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

We went to Helena's after a day at the Bishop Museum. I like dives, but honestly, I did think the place could have been cleaner. We tried a big sample plate with lots of things. The Luau Squid was horrible looking, but one of the best foods I had on my entire trip. I'm going to try and figure out... More 

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Additional Information about Helena's Hawaiian Food

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

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