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Helena's Hawaiian Food

1240 N School St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817-2013
+1 808-845-8044
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good22%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“laulau” (61 reviews)
“kalua pig” (116 reviews)
“short ribs” (76 reviews)
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Polynesian, Hawaiian, Gluten Free Options
1240 N School St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817-2013
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Helena's is in all the guide books and on all the travel shows. So, on our first trip to Oahu, this was a must-do. Plugging in the address to our GPS, we took a circuitous route through the streets of Honolulu. I had to take...More

Thank Don B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved venturing to this neighborhood restaurant for authentic food. It was amazing. Plan for parking and a wait. It truly feels like a neighborhood family place.

Thank Ruggerlynn
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I were looking for some authentic Hawaiian food in Oahu. We stumbled upon this through the Yelp app. It had great reviews, so we decided to try. We came here for lunch and ran into the lunch rush. We only had to...More

1  Thank jacknb0x
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went around the block 3 times for a parking spot. Totally worth it! The food was excellent! You can look it up on youtube to learn more about how to eat Hawaiian food.

Thank Maria F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ate lunch here one day during our visit to Oahu. My husband loved the tripe soup, the Poke ahi was good, the Pipikaula Shortribs were absolutely delicious, as was the kalua pig. We would definitely eat here again. The only drawback is the lack...More

Thank travelinpretzel
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First saw this place on an episode of Man vs Food years ago and added it to my culinary bucket list. So glad I did. This is where locals go. That should be all you need to know. The staff are gorgeous, the food is...More

1  Thank Julian F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Oahu was my graduation me-gift for completing my Masters degree. I wanted to try all things Hawaii without being too touristy. The portions were huge and tasty. I agree that parking isn't easy, but it was worth the walk for my takeout luau which I...More

Thank Elyse B
Reviewed May 14, 2018

Parking is not the easiest to find and the wait for a table can be long. The three of us waited for 45 minutes in the humid hot weather. Luckily they have a big jug of cold water outside that you can get a cup...More

1  Thank KWong55
Reviewed May 8, 2018

We wanted to discover Hawaiian food and we did ! Helena's Hawaiian Food is definitely a good address. Of course, that's nothing to compare with the fancy restaurant you can find in Waikiki but if you're reading this comments this is probably not what you...More

1  Thank JulEye87
Reviewed April 20, 2018 via mobile

When in Hawaii, a local or a tourist, this is a must visit place. At Helena’s we had great service and wonderful food! This restaurant is highly recommended. It is best best to come at a non-peak time to get a seat fast and enjoy...More

1  Thank Stephan B
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France L
April 5, 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
March 8, 2017|
Response from Gordon R | Reviewed this property |
1240 N. School St. Enjoy!
January 15, 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
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
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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