At the bottom of Big Island's Kalapana Highway outside of Pahoa lies Uncle Robert's Awa Club, the district's newest foray into shopping. In fact, it's the only place to shop for miles around until returning back to Pahoa. Named after the patriarch of the Keli`iho`omalu family that's lived on the four-acre compounds for decades, Uncle Robert's has taken off and turned into a hots pot for locals.
Outdoor marketplace — Photo courtesy of Uncle Roberts's Awa Club
Each Wednesday the outdoor market takes place at noon and draws a wide array of local farmers, artists, craftsman, and chefs. Sustainable agriculture and buying local produce are definitely the theme here, and the choices of exotic fruits and regional themed ready-to-eat meals outdo most restaurants in the area.
Locally grown fruits and veggies — Photo courtesy of Uncle Roberts's Awa Club
Booths sell their unique wares of Hawaiian and Polynesian style jewelry, clothing, art and accessories. Produce and fruit to take on the road and snack on while exploring Puna's attractions, much of which are organic, are some of the freshest around.
This is an ideal place to experience the local culture. It's fast become a gathering place for people not only to eat and shop, but to socialize, share and expand their connections.