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Helena's Hawaiian Food

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Polynesian, Hawaiian
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1240 N School St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817-2013
+1 808-845-8044
Tue - Fri 10:00 am - 7:30 pm
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

on the hunt for authentic hawaiian history... Helena's took my pallets went pack into time!! reading the menu wasn't hard at all... listening to the owner describe what REAL HAWAIIN FOOD was all about, we chose "menu D"... Kalua Pig, Lomi Salmon, Pipikaula Short Ribs & Luau Squid With Large Poi $19.25 With 2 Scoops Rice $17.85 not that many... More 

Thank Andrew K
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We ordered take out for a group of 8 (the wait for a table our size was just a little too long for the kids to wait out). We asked for help ordering and got suggestions on a variety of food and every dish was delicious! Our entire order came out to under $100 and we had leftovers. Great quality... More 

Thank CVuong
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food was excellent and the service superior! My brother who was visiting from WA can hardl wait to return🤙

Thank paradise808
Honolulu, Hawaii
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food here is authentic Hawaiian. Its expensive and cash only, but so worth it! The short ribs are so good, especially with poi! The squid luau is pretty ono too!

Thank malia t
Honolulu, Hawaii
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent Hawaiian food, nice selection, cozy atmosphere if you want to eat in and friendly employees.

Thank Scull37
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2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

one of the best for Hawaiian food, it can busy and the parking is limited but be patient, spaces will open up.

Thank Jujupang
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you are looking for an authentic "local" experience - then this is the place. The parking is bad and it's tight inside (when you finally) do get a table. Hint - don't go with a large group. Just take your girl (or partner) and go grind.

Thank John A
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What can I say, this food is comfort food for me. I love the Hawaiian food. Those ribs are so excellent.

Thank Kenneth M
Honolulu, Hawaii
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17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Craig inherited his grandma's gift for preparing THE BEST squid luau on the island. The pipikaula also shows the love and care it takes to prepare it! Cannot beat the warm hospitality you get when you sit down. Just wish they could find a better location with more parking. BUT it's definitely worth the wait. I always bring my visitors... More 

Thank Sachizmom
San Diego, California
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152 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What an amazing family restaurant. It may not look fancy, but is the place to eat on Oahu. Best Hawaiian food. And the owners make you feel like an "uncle". A MUST DO!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Polynesian, Hawaiian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Local cuisine, Kids, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
10:00 am - 7:30 pm
10:00 am - 7:30 pm
10:00 am - 7:30 pm
10:00 am - 7:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1240 N School St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817-2013
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Oahu  >  Honolulu
  • Phone Number: +1 808-845-8044

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?