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Don’t Miss Uncle Roberts!!!

Posted by Kevin Z on Wednesday, 13 March 2019, at 5:10 a.m.
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In response to 143154: Uncle Robert's Night Market in Kalapana ?, posted by Harry A2 on Tuesday, 12 March 2019, at 9:32 p.m.

We highly recommend going to Uncle Robert’s. We’ve gone several times. Here’s what we learned from several sources and our own experience.
The family of Uncle Robert - now passed - has occupied this same plot of land in Kaimu for over 750 years - 25 generations. The Pu’u O’o eruption that overran Kalapana stopped at the south boundary of the property and has created a new black sand beach accessible by a walk across the resulting lava field - mostly smooth pahoehoe - that includes passing by the “official landing site for extraterrestrials”. This is Puna in all it’s funky and historic glory. The attendees at Uncle Roberts are an eclectic bunch that includes traditional families, tourists, kama’aina and malihini.
Such weekly gatherings were once common across all islands...we were told...but this may be the last of its kind in all Hawai’i. People start gathering early and to get a good parking spot you should arrive by 4PM. A very modest charge is asked for parking...if not there you’ll be parking on the rather narrow road leading to Kaimu. This is a very “neighborhood-centric” event, and picnic benches for eating in front of the music stage are often “reserved”, unofficially but nonetheless guarded, by long-time local attendees and one should respect that. The music is wonderfully local and high quality. Dancing abounds. The food is widely varied & good and one can shop the craft booths and farmers market when not eating, enjoying a beverage or talking story. This is an “awa” bar, serving Kava Kava which I personally enjoy. You’ll also find beer & wine, Kombucha, soft drinks etc. Don’t be surprised to catch a whiff of fragrant herb being enjoyed just outside the grounds, even as this is regarded as a family event. No such activity is allowed within the premisis. There’s an air of spontaneity, pure culture, tradition, and a one-of-a-kind experience is pretty much guaranteed. This might not be everybody’s cup of tea, but I would not judge that without first experiencing it. Highly recommended.


   Δ No black sand beach
    Paul P -- Wednesday, 13 March 2019, at 6:05 p.m.
   Δ Uncle Roberts
    Ellen M -- Thursday, 14 March 2019, at 9:44 p.m.

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