Helena’s Hawaiian Food – Honolulu, HI

Helena’s Hawaiian Food is one of the most popular Hawaiian food joints in Hawaii. It might be controversial to say this, but they’re probably the best? If you don’t agree, feel free to comment on who is…cause I’d be more than happy to try them out! Helena’s is located in my neck of the woods and my first ever visit was two weeks ago. I know, what kind of Kalihi girl am I? Well even after I started hearing more about Helena’s, the lines and horrible parking lot certainly scared me off enough. So how was my experience? Um…magical! Take a look if you don’t believe me!

140202-01We ordered Menu D which includes: Kalua Pig, Lomi Salmon, Pipikaula Short Ribs & Luau Squid with 2 scoops of Rice ($18.40)

140202-03Lomi Salmon

140202-04Kalua Pig

140202-05Luau Squid (my favorite!!!!)

140202-07This set comes with haupia, raw onions and Hawaiian Sea Salt

140202-08Pipikaula Short Ribs

140202-09Yummmmmy – star of the show. Seriously!

140202-02 Lomi Salmon with Raw Fish & Limu – $4.95

140202-06Beef Stew – $3.95

What a great meal! We got here pretty early but not early enough…the parking lot was packed! Luckily, just as we were turning in, someone came out. Score! We had about a 10 minute wait and got right in! The staff are all so friendly. Especially the cashier who is the mother of the owner, super sweet lady. And genuine sweet – I love it. She also adds up your check manually first and then re-calculates it on her calculator. That’s a really good way to keep your mind sharp! I’d love to come back here again, but I will only brave it on a weekday at like opening time. I also got an order of pipikaula short ribs to go to take back to the office. I did share it, but not nearly as much as I should have, hehe…