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<b><a href="http://travel.latimes.com/destinations/hawaii/oahu/restaurants/helenas-hawaiian-foods">Helena's Hawaiian Foods</a><br>
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</b><b>Prices: $2.25 to $15.65</b><br>
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If you're looking for aloha spirit, Helena's is the place. This funky hole in the wall is a Honolulu icon. Locals come here for real Hawaiian food; visitors in the know skip the hotel luau and drop by to taste kalua pig ($2.90), poi ($2.25), squid luau ($3.15) and fried butterfish collar ($3.95). The James Beard Foundation called Helena's "a regional classic."<br>
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<b>We loved</b><b>. . .</b> the friendly staff.<br>
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<b>We didn't love</b><b>. . .</b> the run-down neighborhood, which includes a radiator shop and a feed store.<br>
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<i>Helena's Hawaiian Foods, 1240 N. School St., Honolulu; (808) 845-8044.</i>

( Annie Wells / Los Angeles Times / December 5, 2013 )

Helena's Hawaiian Foods

Prices: $2.25 to $15.65

If you're looking for aloha spirit, Helena's is the place. This funky hole in the wall is a Honolulu icon. Locals come here for real Hawaiian food; visitors in the know skip the hotel luau and drop by to taste kalua pig ($2.90), poi ($2.25), squid luau ($3.15) and fried butterfish collar ($3.95). The James Beard Foundation called Helena's "a regional classic."

We loved. . . the friendly staff.

We didn't love. . . the run-down neighborhood, which includes a radiator shop and a feed store.

Helena's Hawaiian Foods, 1240 N. School St., Honolulu; (808) 845-8044.

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