Off the beaten track and tucked away in a cozy location at 1240 N. School St. near downtown Honolulu, Helena’s Hawaiian Food offers visitors the chance to taste real Aloha and experience the warmth of traditional Hawaiian food and hospitality. Located just around the corner from its original location where Helen Chock opened her humble eatery in 1946, this family owned and operated dining spot carries on her legacy with quality, hand-made local dishes prepared just how she did: ready to order and with extra Aloha.
Ala Carte and From the Heart
All of the classic Hawaiian dishes are here at Helena’s Hawaiian Food, each just as delicious as the last. Kalua pig is roasted fresh every day in an authentic Imu oven, the stews are made from scratch, and the fish is all freshly caught and local. Those in the know can design their own menu, or you can from Helena’s set menus and their heaping portions of delicious side dishes. If you go ala carte, choose from such favorites as Kalua pig, laulau (pork, chicken, or squid), beef stew, and long rice chicken. Don’t forget to add a side of poi (pounded taro root, a starchy staple of Hawaiian diets for a millennia). Seafood options include traditional Lomi Lomi Salmon, fresh local poke (raw ahi marinated in soy sauce), fried ahi, and fried butterfish. On top of all that, the Pipikaula Short Ribs are a must try as well.
Set Menus at Helena’s Hawaiian Food
Want to let Helena’s Hawaiian Food in Honolulu do the planning for you? Their set menus feature combos of all your favorites such as Kalua Pig and Lomi Lomi, Kalua Pig and Pipikaula, or all three. Set menus include haupia (a popular Hawaiin dessert with coconut-based dessert). Don’t forget to request Hawaiian chili water with your order!
Helena’s Hawaiian Food features delicious, authentic Hawaiian cuisine in a cozy atmosphere and a relaxed dining environment. Take your food to go for a fabulous picnic, or stay and talk story with the friendly staff; the choice is yours! Helena’s is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 7:30pm. Phone orders are welcome.