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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” (62 reviews)
“kalua pig” (110 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 6 days ago via mobile

After seeing Man vs Food, this was on my must go list and it didn't disappoint. Shared ribs & Kalua pig and at the prices - so reasonable and fair. Added poi to the order - different and worth a go. Nice touch with haupia,...More

Thank downunderbaby
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went at a wrong time...6 p.m. near closing time of 7:30. We got to sit after 45 mins of waiting. We were able to order their famous BBQ ribs which was good as expected. The servings were small for American Standard. Aside from the...More

Thank Vinson Y
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is the real deal if it's Hawaiian you want, The pipikaula ribs were amazing, best I've had anywhere ! I tried several things on my visit and all I tried were simply top quality. The collared butterfish, excellent, as was the Kalua pig....More

Thank Andrew H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Saw a few vids about this place on YouTube and all were glowing. Happy to say the legend is true. The highlight without doubt was the pipikaula. It's out of the way for those visiting Waikiki (like we are) bit well worth it. We had...More

Thank Robert R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really wanted to go here after reading all the reviews. First, parking is awful so give yourself time to find a spot. It was extremely crowded around dinner time but we were seated quickly. Our waitress was a kick and explained the menu even though...More

3  Thank mwsr2017
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We decided to skip the chain restaurants and overpriced fare in Waikiki (lines for Cheesecake Factory? Really?! Why?) and headed out to Helena’s Hawaiian Foods about 4 miles out on School Street. The restaurant is about 50 feet away from the #2 bus stop in...More

1  Thank s s
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed this experience very much. Some of what we ordered was a bit too authentic for us but we loved the ribs, rice and macaroni. My husband is more adventurous and he loved the butterfish collar and the luau chicken. He said both as...More

Thank Easycritic01
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Only place to go! Hawaiian food and bbq better than all the rest! Born and raised in Kalihi right across the street so I go here at least once a week.

Thank Chelsey K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Best local Hawaiian food we had (at Oahu and Maui) - every dish, including the complimentary coconut cake dessert, has distinct, rich, layered flavors and texture you don't find elsewhere. Every dish we ordered is good and we suspect that's the case for every dish....More

Thank travelerLP
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place was recommended to me by my friend. Wow was it great. The menu was totally comfort food with the essence of Hawaii. We also met the owners who were very nice.

Thank Brian 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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