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Helena's Hawaiian Food

Travelers' Choice award winner
Polynesian, Hawaiian
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1240 N School St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817-2013
+1 808-845-8044
10:00 am - 7:30 pm
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Be brave... Ask the wait-staff for recommendations for the "unusual" foods, not the generic you find at a tourist Luau. You will find that the food is great!

Thank ghia196896822
Oahu's Windward Coast, Hawaii
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40 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The food at Helena's is top rated original and honest to goodness Hawaiian. The short-ribs are the best! The only problem with Helena's is the limited parking. Go during an off hour! Lots of locals, so you know it is good!

Thank KailuaGranny
Honolulu, Hawaii
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I know I'm swimming upstream, but I think Helena's is only "average," and I've eaten not only at their current address but at their old place. There are better places for Hawaiian food in Honolulu, but as we locals say, "D'as why hard."

Thank hostuart
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

For local Hawaiian food this is one of the best places. It is not fancy just tables chairs and food. You need to go early to lunch and early to dinner in order to not wait a long time. It's best to go right when the restaurant opens otherwise the wait is usually half an hour to an hour long... More 

Thank Aloharenee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

OMG, the food here is fantastic. Get there early to get parking as there's not that many around 10 maybe. It's always soooooooooo crowded. Locals as well as tourists find this place by word of mouth. No advertisement needed. The pipikau shortribs are "to die" for, not to exclude the lau lau, squid or chicken luau, kalua pig etc. And... More 

Thank Gloria M
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Delicious!! Great customer service! The staff explained all the dishes and helped us make our selections.

Thank Jamie W
Paris, France
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I went there with my mum only, for a quick hawaiian meal, and we were conquered. We got in and everyone greeted us. The waitress sat us and gave us the menu explaining how it was working. I've seen the show "Dinners, drive-ins and dives" so I knew what to order. Each plate is around 4-5-6$ so we ordered a... More 

Thank DjiBaL
Victoria, Canada
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99 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good variety of different foods. Good place to look around. I enjoyed visiting this place. Great atmosphere also.

1 Thank olie d
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57 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were so anxious to eat a Helena's based upon other Trip Advisor comments. Twice, we went out of our way to eat there, fighting heavy traffic on H-1....and both times, the restaurant was closed, even though the sign on the door said that I was "open" -- this is horrible since the website also said it would be open.... More 

Thank Vickie T
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5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

great hawaiian food workers very friendly and local always good food and great fun love the pipikaula and laulau

Thank Andy808e

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