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Helena's Hawaiian Food

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1240 N School St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817-2013
+1 808-845-8044
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good22%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“laulau” (62 reviews)
“kalua pig” (118 reviews)
“short ribs” (78 reviews)
Polynesian, Hawaiian, Gluten Free Options
1240 N School St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817-2013
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Tough to find authentic and tasty Hawaiian food in Oahu but glad to have found Helena’s. We went there twice in 1 week! The ribs are a must try. It would be nice to have some vegetable dish or side on the menu though.

Thank Mark H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Okay, every vlogger mentioned this place as a must. I have to say I was disappointed. I ordered the ribs, just as everyone recommend but although they were thick, they were overcooked. On the other hand my husband and son enjoyed it very much. There...More

Thank 1Jeeplover
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a great local place for some truly Hawaiian food. They only take cash, but the prices are really reasonable, so you won't break the bank. They were fast and friendly. I ordered a whole bunch of things a la carte (carry out) so...More

Thank Jennyrenny06
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Delicious authentic Hawaiian food. Service is fast and people are friendly. Prices are reasonable. They also give you free haupia with every meal as long as they have it. Make sure you try the Liang!

Thank Crystal H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped here after our morning at Pearl Harbor. Order everything and eat family style. This is all delicious! Cash only! We arrived before the lunch crowd and still waited about 20 minutes.

Thank travelerfromaledo
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

There is a reason why this small restaurant always have customers waiting, both locals and tourists, it is the delicious food. If you want tasty and homely local food, you must try this restaurant, which was opened in 1946 and still going strong.

Thank Kallen C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I tried eating here twice while in Honolulu and after two attempts, I gave up. There’s barely any parking close by and each time I passed by, there’s a long line getting into the place. They don’t seem to open on the weekend and have...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant lives up to the hype. It was one of the best meals we had in HL. Ordered the plate for one which came with the kalua pork & ribs. OMG the ribs!! Wished I had ordered a whole plate of it. Was absolutely...More

Thank travelem31
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Extremely popular lunch spot. Very limited adjacent parking but worth the wait to park. Strategy of pausing on street and waiting for space to open better than parking in surrounding neighborhood. Food and service terrific. Great place to try poi in small serving to share...More

Thank Edgar T
Reviewed July 11, 2018 via mobile

My husband was working on Oahu for several weeks and he asked the locals for a good place to get traditional, local food. Helena’s was first on their list. Crowded still, an hour from closing. My daughter watched a documentary that featured Helena’s so we...More

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France L
April 5, 2017|
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Response from evil-G-nius | Reviewed this property |
As long as you don't get rice or macaroni salad with your meal. I believe it comes with the combo plates but you dont have to eat it. The Lau Lau is just veggie and meat, the squid luau is as well. Short answer...yes you can... More
Rita D
March 8, 2017|
Response from Gordon R | Reviewed this property |
1240 N. School St. Enjoy!
January 15, 2017|
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Response from travellingdoctor48 | Reviewed this property |
Not sure where you are coming from ....certainly we rang ahead to get directions then certainly ate there
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine
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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