Helena's is not a fancy restaurant. It's just a simple restaurant with great food. It gets packed quickly during prime dining hours, so get here early or expect a wait.
What to get...
You can order food a la carte, or if this is your first time dining here, try the set menu. I recommend ordering off the set menu: Menu B which includes Kalua Pig and Pipikaula Short Ribs with a choice of poi or 2 scoops of rice (priced $9.50 - $10.50). The Kalua pig is cooked in an imu (pit oven) - it's moist and tastes great with chili pepper water. The short ribs are amazing - flavorful, tender, and just so good you might have to order an extra serving (yes, that's what I did).
|Pipikaula Short Ribs|
Be sure to get some haupia, which normally comes with the combo plates. Haupia is a Hawaiian dessert made out of coconut. Think of it as a piece of coconut jello. At Helena's, it's served with sliced onions - and it's a perfect combo. Put all these dishes together and you've got an ono meal.
Side tidbit, Helena's was also featured in Travel Channel's Man vs Food in 2009.
Helena's Hawaiian Food
1240 N School St
Honolulu, HI 96817
Tel: (808) 845-8044