Helena’s Hawaiian Food a REAL Local Favorite

Helena’s Hawaiian Food
1240 N School
Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817

Helena’s is an institution. It’s always crowded with locals, and only open Tuesday through Friday. It has very limited parking too so plan accordingly. Helena’s is a must for authentic old style Hawaiian food. It’s by no means fancy, but it has friendly family service and everything is freshly prepared.

Recommend is the chicken long rice, kalua pig, poi, lau lau, and of course the short ribs-their signature dish, lomi-lomi salmon and dont miss the home made haupia. I ask them not to put haupia on same plate as raw onions!  The meal is served with alae Hawaiian salt on request. Many other great selections also. Everything is delicious. and the servers are always happy to answer questions and make suggestions.

Helena's Hawaiian Food

Helena’s Hawaiian Food

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Relaxing beaches, great food, diverse atmosphere and fast paced city keeps me on Oahu. From the opera to backyard barbecue, Oahu offers city life and country life while you can visit the only palace in the US.

Highlights are whale watching, hiking, beaches, Iolani Palace, Doris Duke’s Shangrila, loi, fish ponds, fish preserve, peaceful turtles, monk seal sightings, high fashion shopping, diverse cultures and oh the food!


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Rental Cars and The Bus in Oahu

So we talked about getting around in New York City, but now let’s talk about getting around while here in Honolulu. The Island of Oahu has a bus a very good bus system – so good that “the bus” can get you to nearly any location on the entire island!

Oahu The Bus

Oahu The Bus










Because the bus system is SO good, lots of people ask if it’s really necessary to to rent a car. In my opinion, the answer to that question is always… yes, yes, yes!

If you want to experience the real beauty of Oahu, you’ll want to drive directly to that beauty rather than waiting for a bus to get you there. Yes, you’ll get there on the bus eventually, but you can be almost anywhere on the island in an hour or less with your own car.

So whether it’s the white sandy beaches of Waimanalu or the glorious Lani Kai Beach, my suggestion is to take your own car and get there quickly!

So where do you go to get a car?

I have a rental cars link right at the top of this page which will take you to the TripMama website.  I think you’ll find that TripMama has the best rates around on rentals in Hawaii so give them a try.

Aloha ~


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Learn to Surf at Surf Camp – It’s the Sport of Kings

They call it the “sport of kings.” I’m speaking of surfing of course, and there is nothing on earth as exhilarating as this amazing water sport!

I’ve been surfing since I was five years old – my first memory of Waikiki Beach, in fact, involves a surf board. Now I’m a very amateur surfer for sure, but I love to get out on my little section of Pipeline and give it a go – absolutely amazing!!

Would you like to learn how to surf? Would you like to take surfing lessons from the pros? Would you like to be like me (haha)?

Surf Camp is in the business of running safe and exciting summer surf camps and they’ve helped people learn to surf since 1995. The camp is a one week immersion in the sport. It’s a surf school experience with one assigned instructor for every three students! If you’re a beginner seeking your very first surf lesson or if you’re an amateur lie me and you just want to brush up on your skills, surf camp is the way to go. Surf Camp
offers high quality learn to surf summer camps – kid camps, teen camps,
and adult camps, and they’re are unlike anything you would imagine.

Now picture this..

Learning to surf in our warm emerald green waters with white sandy beaches, enjoying a week of fun in the sun at one of our amazing summer surf camps. For vacationers and residents alike, surf camps offer a surfing experience that you will never forget. And if you can’t commit a week, surf camp can be as flexible as you need them to be.

So jump in to the sport of kings. You will be amazed at how fast you will learn and how much fun you will have!

Aloha ~


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Hawaii Weather Forecast for Today

The National Weather Service forecast for today in Hawaii calls for partly sunny skies with scattered showers on the windward and mountain portions of the islands and isolated showers on the leeward sides. Temperature highs will be in the 84 to 89 degree range, with east winds from 15 to 20 miles per hour.

Expect mostly cloudy skies in the evening, and then clearing. There will be scattered showers on the windward and mountain sides, and isolated showers on the leeward areas.

Temperature lows will be in the 73 to 77 degree range, with east winds from 15 to 20 miles per hour.

Aloha ~


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Have You Tried The New Kayak Search Widget?

Still looking for the best fare…?

Use the new Kayak search widget to look at 140 travel sites at the same time. Their newest widget rocks for searching and comparing fares cuz it now grabs consolidator rates – saves lots of moolah! See for yourself…

Have fun!

Aloha ~

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Hawaii Hula Appreciated by Girls of All Ages

Hula is considered to be the soul or spirit of Hawaii as expressed by a body in motion. No one knows the exact origin of hula but Hawaiians do agree that the first hula was performed by a god or goddess, making the dance itself a sacred ritual.

Every movement in the hula dance has a specific meaning, and all gestures from the dancer’s hands have great significance. The movements of the dancer’s body could represent a number of things including animals, plants, even war.

Got Xomba?

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Feature Films in Hawaii

Did you know that Hawaii has hosted hundreds of feature films since 1913?

Major Motion Pictures Filmed in Hawaii

Eight motion pictures filmed in Hawaii have entered the coveted category of the “Top Grossing Movies of All Time at the Worldwide Box Office”: Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Godzilla, Pearl Harbor, Dinosaur, Jurassic Park III, and Waterworld.

Together, their theatrical runs have produced more than $4 billion in gross revenues, 15 Academy Award nominations, and nine Oscars.

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Try the Dole Plantation on Windward Oahu

If you’re on the island of Oahu and you’re looking for a fun excursion on the windward way home from the North Shore, try the Dole Pineapple Plantation. Located on H-2 just past Wahiawa , the plantation has the World’s Largest Maze and lots lots more. In addition to the maze, there is the “Pineapple Express (showcasing the legacy of Hawaii) and a real nice Plantation Garden Tour. There is also a very nice gift shop to browse through – a little expensive but nice.

Now here’s what you need to remember… go behind the center for the pineapple exhibits, gardens and carp feeding pond. All of these are easy to miss if you don’t know to walk around back. And for a real treat, get a “Dole Whip” – a fantastic pineapple frozen yogurt that’s actually dairy-free and absolutely delicious!!

Aloha ~


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It’s almost game day Let’s go WARRIORS BCS Sugar Bowl Shirt

It’s almost game day!!! Let’s go WARRIORS!!

Hawaii Warriors vs. Georgia Bulldogs 2008 Sugar Bowl Winds Of Change Dueling T-Shirt

Hawaii Warriors vs. Georgia Bulldogs 2008 Sugar Bowl Winds Of Change Dueling T-Shirt

“Honor a key match up in the battle for the BCS crown with this Hawaii Warriors vs. Georgia Bulldogs 2007 Sugar Bowl Winds Of Change Dueling T-Shirt from Adidas. Features screen printed team helmets, sponsor logos, and more on chest, including the Adidas logo. Durable and machine washable Officially licensed by
the NCAA”

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