Posts by Makaira

New Online Kava Retailers

Posted by on Jul 30, 2013 in Kava News | 0 comments

New Online Kava Retailers

Friends, It was a difficult decision with many trusted opinions, discussed over many cups of ‘Awa, but the decision was made: Our online retail business was growing too fast, and we were having a difficult time keeping up with the demand for our Kava. We tried to supplement our Kava with equally high-quality and personally-selected Kava from growers we trusted to make “Kona Kava Blended Kava” in 2012, but that was little short of a disaster. Customers were unhappy, we were unhappy, some not-very-nice feedback was appearing on the internet, and we decided that we needed to...

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It’s Vegan Chocolate Heaven!

Posted by on Jun 22, 2013 in The Mind of Makaira | 0 comments

It’s Vegan Chocolate Heaven!

Rarely have I been so excited to share a product on my blog, but we’re so proud to be the exclusive distributor of Cocoa Cravings’ line of vegan and pure milk chocolates. Just like wine and cheese, we think that kava and chocolate are one of the most heavenly combinations on Earth! ¬†(For a quick peek, look to our Vegan Chocolate¬†page, or if you want to see the entire line of products, look directly on the Chocolate Catalog.) Most wouldn’t classify chocolate as healthy, but our chocolate has organic and nutritious ingredients as well as the free radical-fighting properties...

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Progress for Kava in Australia (And a Little Hawaiian History)

Posted by on Feb 8, 2013 in The Mind of Makaira | 0 comments

Progress for Kava in Australia (And a Little Hawaiian History)

Aloha Everyone! I hope the new year has been going well for all of you so far. Here at the farm we’ve been incredibly busy, and there hasn’t been much time for rest or relaxation (though ‘awa has still been a constant and calming companion at the end of my work day). I’d like to take a moment to share some great news, and a bit of Hawaiian history with all of you. You may remember my mentioning the Australian kava ban in a few of my blog posts last year. Kava is treated as a prescription-only medicine in Australia, meaning that one has to have a license from a Western...

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My First Kava Experience

Posted by on Jan 9, 2013 in The Mind of Makaira | 4 comments

My First Kava Experience

Aloha everyone! Happy New Year! I hope that you enjoyed peaceful holidays, and a gentle transition into the New Year. I came down with a cold last week, so I’ve been enjoying a few peaceful, restful days at home, bundled up in my slippers and sweater and drinking lots of tea (and ‘awa!). Many of my friends have mentioned that they feel that this will be a year of truth-telling and personal self expression, in which we can all come forth and discuss our experiences in order to benefit ourselves and others. In honor of this new year of honesty, I’d like to share the story of...

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Synergistic Herbal Combinations – Are Kava Blends Safe?

Posted by on Dec 14, 2012 in Ask Makaira | 3 comments

Synergistic Herbal Combinations – Are Kava Blends Safe?

Aloha everyone! Recently, I posted an article about our Kavalovetone product, which is a blend of kava and a number of other healing herbs. One of our readers left a comment expressing concern that it is blended herbal combinations, such our Kavalovetone, which are responsible for the cases of liver failure that have tarnished kava’s good name in the west for so many years now. I’d like to take a moment to address these concerns, and to discuss the safety of kava blends in general. I know I discuss safety a whole lot on my blog, but as kava becomes more and more popular, I find...

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