We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Helena's Hawaiian Food

Is this your business?
) #2 of 1,917 Restaurants in Honolulu $ , Hawaiian
1240 N School St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817-2013
+1 808-845-8044
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent70%
  • Very good22%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“kalua pig” (102 reviews)
“short ribs” (87 reviews)
“haupia” (69 reviews)
All hours
Polynesian, Hawaiian
1240 N School St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817-2013
All Details
Write a Review
Reviews (644)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More languages

11 - 20 of 572 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Haven't been to Helena's for years ... was real happy to see that the food is great! Love their chicken long rice and lau lau. Definitely will go more often!

Thank JackieMcBride
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our first visit to Hawaii, and thanks to TripAdvisor, we chose this spot for our first meal. We were so happy that we came. Once we found a parking space (the most difficult part of our visit), we were told there would be a 10...More

Thank Bryan L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Haupia, poi, lau lau, kalua pig, poke, squid luau, lomi lomi salmon, purple roast potatoes, chicken long rice, pipikaula, pineapple...best Hawaiian grinds ever.

Thank Aulani M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Appears to be a local favorite and rightly so. Great selection of authentic Hawaiian plates, smaller but adequate portions priced well so we could try many different dishes. Every selection was awesome and loved the short ribs, and the pork. It's a little hard to...More

Thank Marcus M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Good food and very limited parking. Closes at 7 30 pm so get there early! Its the same food i had at paradise cove luau. Only it is much better. The batterfish collar was awesome.

Thank blue0skye
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Best short ribs in Honolulu. Place is a little bit small but food is great and only open tue to fri. Highly recommended.

Thank josmanmay
Reviewed June 15, 2017 via mobile

My family agrees that this was one of the BEST places we ate at during our Hawaiian vacation. What a gem of a place tucked away from the busy, overpriced city restaurants. If you go you must try the Incredibly delicious short ribs. Be prepared...More

1  Thank Kate R
Reviewed June 14, 2017 via mobile

This place gets rave reviews and there was a line out the door, but I'm not sure what all the hype was about. It was definitely delicious, but it didn't stand out to me as anything special.

Thank annemn1216
Reviewed June 12, 2017 via mobile

I went with my parents, brother and his family and my husband. My parents loved the beef ribs, and my husband's favorite was the fried butterfish collar. My favorite wad the luau squid. Everything was delicious, and the service was excellent. The parking lot is...More

Thank Graceykc
Reviewed June 9, 2017

Helena's is what foodies travel for. If you want a [great] taste of Hawaiian cuisine this is the place to go. The ingredients are fresh, and the taste on point!

Thank Shelly S
Nearby Restaurants
Mexico Restaurant
76 reviews
.02 miles away
Natsunoya Teahouse
15 reviews
.34 miles away
Au's Garden Restaurant
12 reviews
.47 miles away
Nearby Attractions
Bishop Museum
2,193 reviews
.38 miles away
Hawaii Kotohira Jinsha - Hawaii Dazaifu Tenmangu
41 reviews
.31 miles away
Nuuanu Valley Rain Forest
37 reviews
.79 miles away
Lili'uokalani Botanical Garden
14 reviews
.70 miles away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
France L
April 5, 2017|
Answer Show all 4 answers
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|
Answer Show all 2 answers
Response from travellingdoctor48 | Reviewed this property |
Not sure where you are coming from ....certainly we rang ahead to get directions then certainly ate there
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Polynesian, Hawaiian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, 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: +1 808-845-8044
  • E-mail
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing