My wife and I love Helena's. The short ribs, fried ahi, kalua pig, ahi poke, laulau, everything is so good and authentic. If you don't like the food here, just stay in Waikiki and have a cheeseburger! The neighborhood is definitely not charming, its working class Kalihi. The parking is tight and you should call ahead to make sure they're open. It's worth waiting outside for a table and yes its a dive but you go here for the food, not for the atmosphere. There is usually only one waitress with a lot of table but she's very nice so just be patient and she'll get you. Once you order, the food comes out fast. No alcohol is served but its BYOB so bring some beer or wine if you like.
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