I've only really been here for the Wednesday market, so I'll keep my remarks to that for the most part. As for the bar itself, which also has some tasty smoothies, the whole place is run by Uncle Robert, the patriarch of the area, and staffed largely by his family from what I could tell.
It was everything I'd been told of and more. I got there later afternoon, drank a little kava, and walked out to the shoreline. I sat there weeping at the beauty the waves crashing on the pebble beach, and I must say I think the kava had something to do with that reaction, and it was very relaxing. Uncle Robert's boys do a nice job of maintaining the path out there.
The market is such an experience in local culture. Go hungry, as there are many stands with delicious food. I myself enjoyed the fresh poke which I can only assume was caught that morning and washed it down with a glass of locally made kombucha. Dinner was followed by, and this is part of why I keep going back to Hawaii, raw vegan cocoa nib pie. All were very tasty.
I took home with me a beautiful foot long earring made with locally sourced materials by a very nice woman who was also running a massage table. Next to her I enjoyed some conversation with a man who was stitching designs into shirts that he later tie-dyed with very intricate results.
The music was fun, the dancing fun to watch though if you are more adventurous than I you would enjoy joining in.
In short: go, and bring a few bucks for parking unless you get there very early. You will not regret it and, despite some local sentiment in Kalapana regarding Hawaiian independence, Uncle Robert's is an incredibly welcoming place.
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