In our opinion, some of the best Hawaiian food is found in the neighborhood mom and pop restaurants. Take a look at Helena’s Hawaiian Food in Honolulu – it’s one of the best places to eat in Hawaii, and one of the few restaurants in the state to have earned the James Beard Foundation’s Regional Classic Award.

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Helena’s definitely has some of the best Hawaiian food in Honolulu. Trust us when we say that your taste buds will thank you for visiting! While you are in Honolulu, be sure to check out the Makiki Valley Trail. This magical forest hike is just 2.5 miles long, and the scenery is incredible. If you’re in the mood for a quick getaway, these easy day trips from Honolulu don’t disappoint!

Check out this video by Strictly Dumpling for a live taste test of the most popular foods at Helena’s:

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