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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 1,923 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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Scarborough, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

We went there because of a TV show. We go back because of the food. The food is fabulous. Pure Hawaiian comfort food. Lomi salmon , Lau lau, Pipikola short ribs, i could go on and on... The family atmosphere is great and the people are very nice

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Taipei, Taiwan
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

We arrived just after the dinner rush on Labor Day weekend Friday. We were told it was a 45 minute wait. Not wanting to wait, we asked another single diner if she would share her table with us and she said "Yes". The menu is simple, with basic Hawaiian staples on the menu. As a vegetarian, I worried that I... More

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Los Angeles
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48 reviews 48 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

You could have a 30-minute wait to sit down in this restaurant or if you take-out, it's only about a 5-minute wait. There is very little parking even at the off-hours (we tried going around 2:30 and there was still a line of about 10 people in front of us). The laulau, lomi lomi salmon, kalua pig, (with rice) and... More

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Seattle, Washington
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125 reviews 125 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
193 helpful votes 193 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

I came in early on a Friday night around 5:00 and luckily was seated immediately but proceeded to wait a good while for my food, but I came in not in a hurry and relaxed. The place is packed and the few guys in the kitchen are juggling the regular tables and take out orders. My waitress was kind and... More

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Santa Monica, CA
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174 reviews 174 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

We love this place and had another fine experience at Helena's. While I cannot comment on eating there, we do takeout, the food stays good and hot all the way back to Waikiki, the pipikalua ribs are outstanding, the lau lau is great and the Kalua pig is amazing. We learned to enjoy poi here, too - dip a slice... More

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Milan, Italy
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Our "luau experience" at Helena's has been great! We waited just less than 30 minutes for our table and then the fun begun! We ordered the Combination dinner D plus a fried ahi. Everything was delicious! I wanted to try the poi for my very first time, and I found it very good with the kalua pig. The short ribs... More

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San Marino, California, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We went there twice on our visits. Also find a store in the shopping center sells the t-shirts. The pork ribs is tender good and we had the salsa with salmon with rice. The onion with sea salt was tasty with ribs.

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Vine Grove, Kentucky
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

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
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

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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117 reviews 117 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

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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