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April 2021

The Kava Culture of Samoa In the central South Pacific, there is a group of islands known as Samoa, comprised of two countries, American Samoa, and the Independent State of Samoa.  It is in these islands that a unique culture surrounding the use and consumption of kava arose and is still in existence to this day. One of the major features of Samoan kava culture is the use of ritual and ceremony.  The kava

The medicinal and recreational drink known and loved as kava has been nurtured within a wide range of traditional cultures in the Pacific Ocean.  One of these is Micronesia, a vast archipelago of 2,100 islands covering over a thousand square miles in the Western Pacific Ocean.  Micronesia can be better thought of as a cultural region rather than a single country or culture.  There are six separate sovereign states that lay claim