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Helena's Hawaiian Food

Certificate of Excellence
Polynesian, Hawaiian, Pacific Rim
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1240 N School St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817-2013
(808) 845-8044
Tue - Fri 10:00 am - 7:30 pm
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We found this place on TripAdvisor and were excited to try some local Hawaiian food. We ordered menu C (ribs, pig, salmon) and macaroni salad. We asked for poi, but the waiter asked if we ever tasted it before. Upon us saying no, they suggested we order rice and they gave us a small bowl of poi to taste it.... More 

Thank ElVee6
calgary, ab
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85 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 229 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This restaurant has been around for ages and serves traditional Hawaiian food. It was recommended to us by a friend living on Oahu. Looks as if it's a favorite for locals and saw many tourists there too. Upon sitting down the server had waters ready for us and they offered a complimentary small jello style desert that cleansed the palate... More 

Thank jjluke
London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Watch the Man vs Food episode that features this café. It is not a restaurant, but a local café with great choices of Hawaiian food. Ask to see the picture menu if you are not familiar, and experiment.

Thank Chris H
Belo Horizonte, MG
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123 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Whilst in Oahu, just make sure you grab something to eat at this place! I spent 8 days on the island and this was definitely the tastiest meal I had among the many options for cheap/mid-range eats I tried. You can't go wrong and the portions are HUGE! I wish I could pick some lunch at Helena's every once in... More 

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48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

First off... this place is only open four days a week Tuesday thru Friday from 10AM to 7:30PM... I spoke to the owners mother and she said it's because their main clientele are locals that work near the area! I'm pretty sure that's going to change! It's located on School street and it's a very small restaurant. First and foremost...... More 

Thank Jason T
Carlsbad, California
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220 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ate there on a Tuesday around noon while in town on business. I had never been there but knew what to expect. Definitely a small, old, very local place, where parking is impossible. There was about a 20 minute wait and I didn't have time so I ordered the food to go and ate in my car. I found the... More 

Thank Adam M
Hiawassee, Georgia
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80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I wanted to try some Hawaiian food. Parking is difficult and a very small restaurant to boot! They obviously get a fair number of customers who are not familiar with what each of the menu items are or taste like. Fortunately, we were seated at a table with two other dinners who had a bunch of small... More 

1 Thank Florascope
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

After reading all the great reviews of this place I must say I expected more. I am not saying that this place is not good but it is not that great. There are several other places giving you the same experience and even better in the area.

2 Thank PeterHenderson99
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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106 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

as an firm trip advisor believer, i searched trip advisor for the best food in Honolulu Hawaii -this is restaurant is ranked no 3. We took bus No. 2 from waikiki, 40 minutes later arrived at the place - unpretentious roadside look, with queue of people approx 15 for rush hour dinner. it was promising until we finally got to... More 

3 Thank travellingdoctor48
Montreal, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a really good place!!! Nice waitress who helped us to order. Had laulau, pig and cabbage, and fried butterfish for 15$. Everyone receive a coconut pudding. I don't like coconut but this pudding was so good. You have to go there :)

1 Thank Estelle D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Polynesian, Hawaiian, Pacific Rim
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Families with children
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: (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?