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“Authentic Hawaiian”

Helena's Hawaiian Food
Ranked #5 of 2,430 Restaurants in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Hawaiian
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch
Reviewed January 9, 2013

Visited Helena's on the Advice off A Friend! Just too sample Authentic Hawaiian Food!!

Always a Queue at the Place, Due to it's Reputation, It's Frequented By a Lot off Hawaiins, so says a lot!
Very Small Place & Not Fancy at all
Food was ok, but an Acquired Taste, but Atmosphere was good, & service was Quick

Worth a Visit, but once we had, i wouldn't visit Again.

Also Sells Helena's Tee Shirts etc, so a great way to get a Cheap Souvenier

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Thank Tom K
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Reviewed December 6, 2012

We arrived here at 11:30 AM and were seated at 12:20 PM. The kalua pork was excellent and the other dishes were good. It is definitely a locals kind of place except for the tourists who find it on the web. I'd say the food is actually more like four stars but I wouldn't wait 50 minutes again before being seated.

Thank pinotperson
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Reviewed November 30, 2012

Everyone of my friends know when Im not feeling good, hung over, or having a bad day... I head down to DR. HELENA's! :o) This place is AMAZING! It's authentic hawaiian home cooked food with a dash of pride, a pinch of honor and heeping spoon fulls of ALOHA! Proving you can't judge a book by its cover, it is by far one of the best restaurants in Hawaii for Hawaiian Food.

I go there so often the waitress already knows my order by heart ha ha she always makes me feel at home.

Heads Up: Parking can be tough - go early lol; Stop by the ATM first, CASH ONLY; You can bring your own beer but make sure you're respectful of other customers; They are only open Tuesday-Friday (10a-730p).

Writing this review is making my mouth water just thinking about my next visit. :o)

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Reviewed November 13, 2012

Having lunch or dinner with family and friends there . Omg you don't have to look for any other places Helena Hawaiian food it's the best Hawaiian grinds on the island . They have the best pipikala or ribs and Ono fried ahi all the food there is Ono .fresh poi everyday and the service there is awesome very helpful

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Thank Lilia L
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Reviewed November 12, 2012

My wife and I love Helena's. The short ribs, fried ahi, kalua pig, ahi poke, laulau, everything is so good and authentic. If you don't like the food here, just stay in Waikiki and have a cheeseburger! The neighborhood is definitely not charming, its working class Kalihi. The parking is tight and you should call ahead to make sure they're open. It's worth waiting outside for a table and yes its a dive but you go here for the food, not for the atmosphere. There is usually only one waitress with a lot of table but she's very nice so just be patient and she'll get you. Once you order, the food comes out fast. No alcohol is served but its BYOB so bring some beer or wine if you like.

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Thank James R
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