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Americans are well acquainted with beer, but that can of Budweiser you’re drinking right now probably doesn’t have its traditional uses—or legends.  But there is an archipelago, called Tonga, in the South Pacific with a traditional drink called kava—it means “bitter” in the Tongan language, named after the taste—with its own ceremonies and origin legends.  This is because Tongans have been using this plant for thousands of years, and its use permeates

The traditional Polynesian drink known as kava is thought to have originated either in Papua New Guinea or the Vanuatu archipelago over three thousand years ago.  But today, many other Polynesian cultures have taken root. Now it is consumed all over the South Pacific and the island of Fiji is no exception. As the Polynesian islands have started implementing kava into their culture, they have developed their own unique culture around the

Have you ever wondered where that shell of kava in your hand originally came from? There is one small island in the South Pacific with a unique culture that can rightfully claim kava as its own: Vanuatu.  Where Is Vanuatu? East of Australia sits an archipelago of islands that boasts the greatest number of kava strains. This tiny nation is culturally and linguistically diverse, where, in addition to English, French, and the national

America’s military servicemen and women come back from combat with a range of issues, from PTSD to chronic pain and mental health problems.  Many of them are researching alternative modalities to treat these conditions since psychiatric meds do not always work with every patient and masking these problems with alcohol only aggravates them.  Pain medications such as oxycodone can be addictive, making the solution worse than the problem.  Thankfully, there is an

When people think of “bar” and “nightlife,” alcohol, and all its positives—and negatives—immediately come to mind.  For all its delights, alcohol also brings hangovers, drunk texts, fist fights and the inability to remember the name of the girl you woke up with.  Recent scientific studies are showing that even moderate alcohol consumption carries health risks. Fortunately, there is a growing trend in society where the term “sober bar” is not an oxymoron.  More

Opioid Alternative Pain Management Every year, thousands of Americans succumb to the horrors of opioid addiction, and thousands more die of overdoses.  Through no fault of their own, many in severe pain become addicted to opioid pain killers after being diagnosed with chronic pain.  You might ask: is there a safer alternative? There is, and chances are it is sold at your local ethnobotanical establishment.  It is called kratom (it is pronounced “krah-tom” or

The Low Down on CBD: What You Need to Know With the legalization of both recreational and medicinal marijuana spreading like weeds, CBD has become the latest health craze for its various benefits.  Before using CBD, however it is important to know where it comes from, what ailments it can treat and what its legality is. Marijuana has been used by human beings for at least 10,000 years, and not just for recreational purposes. 

Hi there! My name is Matt, Founder and Owner of Ohana Kava Bar. I have been a tea lover since I was a teenager. I have been fascinated with teas for many years. Now, most people only think of camellia sinensis when they think of tea. In the south most probably think of sweet tea made using black tea by Lipton. Camellia Sinensis is one plant that is grown throughout India, China

What Athletes Need to Know About Kava Have you ever wondered about non-traditional remedies for those sore post-workout muscles?  Do you need a good night’s sleep before the morning of your 5k race?  Well, you’re in luck.  Kava kava is a drink from faraway places like Fiji and Samoa that provides these benefits. The islanders in the Pacific drink kava in traditional ceremonies, and for medicinal purposes. This drink comes from the root of a

Stressed out?  Kava is like taking a vacation to Fiji in liquid form. Surf boards and coconuts aren’t the only things that the South Pacific islands export—there is a drink the islanders have used for over three thousand years that takes the edge off anxiety and insomnia and can be found in special bars all over America. Is it some strange alcoholic brew the islanders have kept a secret?  No—it is kava, and it