The Mind of Makaira

Kava Roots Are Serious Business

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014 in The Mind of Makaira | 0 comments

Kava Roots Are Serious Business

We take bringing you the best Kava we can grow and/or source as seriously as we have taken Kava as a business in our family for many generations.  We take great pride in the Kava we offer, partly because it’s the same Kava that we take ourselves on a daily basis.  That means we treat every customer as we would treat ourselves automatically!  If we were interested in “cashing in” on the next Kava craze; we’ve already been through several of them, and we’re still here, doing the same thing we’ve always done. We’re far less interested in making some...

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Is Your Kava GMP Kava?

Posted by on Oct 2, 2014 in Featured, The Mind of Makaira | 0 comments

Is Your Kava GMP Kava?

We’ve always felt that assurance of quality was of the utmost for our treasured and loyal customers.  As part of that commitment to quality, Kona Kava Farm became a GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) compliant company from the farm to your table several years ago as the new, far stricter rules came into being for small businesses in 2011. What does GMP do for you?  It assures a minimum of quality in all of your dietary supplements, as any manufacturer, distributor, and retailer has to agree to follow a very strict set of procedures for all aspects of providing you with the Kava...

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Cultural Uses of Pepper Plants

Posted by on Jul 31, 2014 in The Mind of Makaira | 0 comments

Cultural Uses of Pepper Plants

Aloha everyone, and I hope this post finds you well! It’s a hot, dry midsummer in Hawaii, and as always, I’m grateful to have plenty of quenching ‘awa on hand to refresh me after a hard day of work on the farm! Long-time visitors to this blog know that besides all things kava, one of my foremost passions is reading and research; I still take every opportunity to educate myself on the history, botany and culture surrounding this wonderful plant and its origins. One thing that’s been on my mind recently is the connection between kava and its botanical relatives in the pepper genus, Piper. No...

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The Golden Glow of Our Kava

Posted by on Jul 24, 2014 in Featured, The Mind of Makaira | 0 comments

The Golden Glow of Our Kava

KAVA ALERT: KONA KAVA FARM NOBLE KAVA This post was actually originally an email response to another forum person who felt it appropriate to take a sliver of knowledge they gained to both challenge the quality of the products we work so hard to provide, and to infer that there’s some behind-the-scenes conspiracy going on at Kona Kava Farm and KavaDotCom.  Instead of responding via email each time, this post will serve to answer what is a predictable tone and inappropriate request by this very exclusive minority (6 at most out of literally hundreds of thousands of Kona Kava Farm and...

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Yummy Recipes with Our Organic Maca Root!

Posted by on Jun 5, 2014 in The Mind of Makaira | 1 comment

Yummy Recipes with Our Organic Maca Root!

Aloha, dear readers, and I hope this article finds you brimming with energy to face everything the summer will bring! Of course, even as the days get longer and warmer, I know not all of us feel as vigorous as we’d like; the stress of managing our daily affairs and busy schedules can leave even the most enthusiastic people in need of a pick-me-up! That’s why I thought it might be time for a change of pace. If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you already know that kava kava has many wonderful benefits for reducing that daily stress load and helping one to unwind… but what about...

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The Strange Case of Fake Kava

Posted by on May 21, 2014 in The Mind of Makaira | 0 comments

The Strange Case of Fake Kava

As any long-time reader of this blog knows, I am constantly on the lookout for any news stories about kava kava. I have been blessed to learn so much about kava kava’s traditional uses outside of my home islands, the developing research on her health benefits, and her emergence at long last as an accepted herbal medicine among many Western health practitioners. Yet in all the years I’ve been reading and writing about kava, I don’t think I’ve ever encountered a story as surprising as the curious case of fake kava which I’m about to relate to you all below. 1996 was an exciting year in many...

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