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Helena's Hawaiian Food
Ranked #24 of 2,592 Restaurants in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Hawaiian
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch
Reviewed July 20, 2018 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 delicious. Come early or you’ll face a long wait. We arrived at 11.30am and still had to wait 10mins.
It’s a simple no frills restaurant so turn over was quick. It’s nowhere near Waikiki but we had a rental car so it was fine.

1  Thank travelem31
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Reviewed July 17, 2018 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 with 2-4. Famous for ribs but we tried luau calamari and long rice chicken. Both delicious. Complimentary coconut dessert included. Fed family of 3 for under $30 including soft drinks.

Thank Edgar T
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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 knew to order lots of different things to try and just share. Enjoyed the onions and poi, pork and cabbage, and Lomi salmon. Haupia is on them!

Thank j0ya0
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Reviewed July 11, 2018 via mobile

Went here to sample traditional Hawaiian cuisine. When we pulled up, we weren't so sure we wanted to go in based on the appearance of the exterior but we were glad we did. Sampled eight different menu items and liked most. We're not a fan of Poi but the Kalua pig, ribs, laulau, fried ahi, and macaroni salad were hits with all of us. Dip the onion in the salt and eat with the pig. Drizzle the chili water over top of you like, not too spicy, don't worry. KEYPOINTS: CASH ONLY. Parking limited. Expect to wait (we got there at three and there was a line). Service fast though and we were in in ten minutes.
The staff is friendly, interior issimple but clean,and most importantly, really good food.

1  Thank Dave J
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Reviewed July 6, 2018 via mobile

Located in the nearest Honolulu suburbs, this restaurant is frequented by locals (I would say locals only). Always full, you'll maybe have to wait half an hour to get in and eat, but you'll easily forget that waiting. Try to get here before 7.30/8 p.m.
Best ribs ever, that's what I can say. Excellent ahi poke and kalua pig. You can also choose everything in three sizes: small, medium and large. Fast and gentle service and very simple place, with no cloth on the table.
Come here if you want to taste the real hawaiian cuisine in a genuine atmosphere

1  Thank Eleonora N
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