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Haleiwa Joe’s Restaurant Review: One of windward Oahu’s well-kept secrets, this casual open-air tropical-style restaurant is located at the foot of the Ko'olau Mountains in a garden setting amidst fish ponds and an abundance of tropical flowers and foliage. It’s where island families gather for bridal showers, Mother’s Day, weddings and other special occasions. The bar opens first in the afternoon with a fine selection of cold beers and hot or cold pupu. Fridays bring live Hawaiian entertainment to while away the warm tropical nights, and Sundays draw a brunch crowd for a spread that includes a prime rib carving station. Dinner offerings are more mainstream than avant-garde, and they excel in finding a balance between kamaaina favorites and other dishes (prime rib is always a hit and usually sells out quite quickly). Fresh fish either grilled, baked in a macadamia-coconut crust or steamed is a reliable choice. Request a table with the best view of the Haiku gardens below the restaurant and perhaps there will be a waterfall or two to enjoy.