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Helena's Hawaiian Food

) #2 of 1,898 Restaurants in Honolulu , Hawaiian
1240 N School St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817-2013
+1 808-845-8044
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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good22%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“kalua pig” (101 reviews)
“short ribs” (85 reviews)
“haupia” (68 reviews)
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Polynesian, Hawaiian
1240 N School St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817-2013
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Reviews (629)
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1 - 10 of 560 reviews

Reviewed 2 days 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 3 days 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 days 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 1 week 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 1 week ago 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 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food is so good and worth the trip out. We shared Menu C and loved the salon, ribs and pork. The wait staff were very friendly and chatty. We were very fortunate to get parking out front but I can see how parking in...More

Thank jilsin
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited this place for lunch! The parking lot is super tiny and full so we had to park cross the street which was no problem! The wait was about 10 minutes. It seems like they are always packed! We really liked the food and the...More

Thank Mineh S
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
France L
Do you have gluten-free options? Only one or several? Thank you. Frances
6 April 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
The address please...thank you
9 March 2017|
Response from Gordon R | Reviewed this property |
1240 N. School St. Enjoy!
Vickie T: To clarify, you neglected to call ahead to confirm that the place is open, haven't had any of the food, and you are rating it one star and "disgusting"?
16 January 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
Polynesian, Hawaiian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
10:00 - 19:30
10:00 - 19:30
10:00 - 19:30
10:00 - 19:30
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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