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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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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good22%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“laulau” (62 reviews)
“kalua pig” (109 reviews)
“short ribs” (75 reviews)
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Polynesian, Hawaiian, Gluten Free Options
1240 N School St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817-2013
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I can hardly believe how this place can be so highly rated. The service was fantastic but unfortunately the food was not. The short ribs were so fatty, grisly and hard to chew. The butterfish collar was inedible - both the outside and the slimy...More

Thank hammy2010
Reviewed 30 October 2017 via mobile

My wife and I had an excellent meal that consisted of pork ribs, pork and cabbage, fried ahi, and Laulau. Our meal was tasty with many different flavours and the service was fast and friendly. We highly recommend Helena’s for a quick and authentic meal.

1  Thank Carlos10ea
Reviewed 26 October 2017

Honestly don't understand what all the hype and awards are about, and we wanted to love it, too. We ordered a bit of everything our server suggested ... poi (an acquired taste, but not bad), LauLau, butter fish, another pork and cabbage concoction, short ribs...More

3  Thank Indyslr
Reviewed 25 October 2017

Don't take my word for it, drive by and view the long line of regulars who wait to eat here. The food was delicious. Be sure to order a medley of items so you can try many dishes...this is easier to do if you have...More

1  Thank Ann C
Reviewed 19 October 2017

We have family in Hawaii and we visit often from the mainland. It is always a MUST to stop in at Helena's, especially now that Ono's is closed. This is definitely a no-frills place to get real, authentic, DELICIOUS Hawaiian food. Hands down the best...More

Thank srcosticov
Reviewed 18 October 2017 via mobile

Had wanted to come here for years and since it's ranked 6 out of 2900 restaurants in Hawaii on TA our expectations were high. Service was good and friendly - pork and cabbage very tasty. Butter fish very bony and overcooked - and ribs chewy...More

1  Thank mwooduk
Reviewed 18 October 2017

Have seen Helena's on almost every travel show on Hawaii since the beginning of time and now I understand why every travel host wants to visit, the food is indescribably good....Ono. While we waited in line to go in we were lucky enough to get...More

Thank Max_Power_Oz
Reviewed 14 October 2017

The famous Helena's, coming to Honolulu Helena's was on the list of places to go and visit. Helena's is a bit of a drive from Waikiki, I suggest to Uber if you don't have a car. When we arrived at Helena's the line was out...More

1  Thank Andr3w_A
Reviewed 12 October 2017

Recommened place for everyone who want to taste a Hawaiian specials. Best ribs I ever ate ! Will back there one day. Came here because of Man vs Food TV show recomendation, and Adam Richman was right! Mahalo!

Thank Hojrakhej
Reviewed 5 October 2017 via mobile

Thanks to everyone at Helena’s today. We had a lovely meal and the staff helped us to get the best choices on the menu. We’re from Australia and heard about your restaurant on a food program. We were sold when we saw it so we...More

Thank Jess S
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France L
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
9 March 2017|
Response from Gordon R | Reviewed this property |
1240 N. School St. Enjoy!
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
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
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
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