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.