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Kava Bar Locator

Posted by on Mar 6, 2016 in Kava News | 0 comments

Kava Bar Locator

We can’t help getting excited when something useful appears in the world of Kava. The latest useful gadget we want to help promote is the Kava Bar Locator over on Kava.Guru. Last we looked, they only had their Kava Bar listings online for a short while, but already had dozens of listings throughout the world, with a focus on the United States.

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Valentines Day Gift Pack

Posted by on Feb 1, 2016 in Kava News | 0 comments

Valentines Day Gift Pack

We feel that nothing says Happy Valentines Day better than the seasonal gift pack from Kona Kava Farm!  This isn’t so much a post, as it as an opportunity to advertise the Kona Kava Farm youTube Channel, as well as simply show you the Valentine’s Day video over on that channel: Not everyone knows that Kava was and still is used as a powerful aphrodisiac throughout Oceania.  Kava is famous around the world for its ability to lower inhibitions, relax people, and make them less shy.  So, Kava is the perfect accompaniment to any social situation, including intimate...

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Kona Kava Video Coupon

Posted by on Aug 24, 2015 in Kava News | 0 comments

Kona Kava Video Coupon

We’re pretty darn proud of our very first YouTube kava video. This will give you a sneak peak of how we operate on a day to day basis here at Kona Kava Farm. Yes, we’re super behind the social media times, but we’ve thrown our proverbial coconut shell into the ring with a fun video that was made completely in-house here at Kona Kava Farm. Our elusive multi-talented video author currently wishes to remain anonymous, but perhaps with enough kind comments, our shy author may take credit. Until then, enjoy what will hopefully be the first foray into video coupon codes for Kona Kava Farm. ...

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Mobile-Friendly Newsletters

Posted by on May 25, 2015 in Kava News | 0 comments

Mobile-Friendly Newsletters

This isn’t exactly Kava News, but we wanted to let you know that Kona Kava Farm is working hard to become fully mobile-friendly. We know our website has looked outdated for quite some time, but so many customers tell us that they like how simple and secure the website is, so we’ve kept it as it is. We don’t have logins, and we try to keep the entire ordering process as clean and as simple as possible. And, our entire Kava Catalog is available on the very responsive, mobile-friendly website over at the Kava Marketplace on Kava.com, so if you want Account Logins, Wish Lists, One-Click Reorder and others, we both have the same fulfillment center, so you will be just as expertly taken care of as if you were ordering directly on our Kona Kava Farm website. Subscribe To Our NewsletterJoin our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates from our team. SUBSCRIBE! You have Successfully Subscribed! Super private Kona Kava Farm Newsletter Anyway, with the last newsletter we sent out, it turns out that 54% of you opened the newsletters on a mobile device!  That’s an amazing statistic, and one that threw us for a bit of a loop!  We knew our customers were smart, savvy people, but we didn’t realize what a bunch of computer whizzes we had buying and enjoying Kava products. So, the website itself is lagging behind as of this posting, partly because of how much data we have on our website. 20 years of external links would be lost, even if we do our “301 redirects” correctly, so it’s a very slow process of conversion for us. We don’t want to lose all of our rankings and 20 years of working hard to ensure we stay at the top of Google, but we have no choice but to get dragged into the 21st Century quietly kicking and screaming. The good news is that our blog and the newsletters have already received their makeover. This post was synced with our new newsletter format and schedule, so if you’re reading this post, then our new responsive Kona Kava Farm Newsletter is doing the...

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UK Tightens Its Kava Ban

Posted by on Jan 29, 2015 in Kava News | 3 comments

UK Tightens Its Kava Ban

Dear readers, as most of you know, I have a vested interest in keeping informed of changes in kava’s worldwide legal status. Kava is my and my family’s livelihood, and it behooves us to know which countries have no problem with importing kava and which ones will stop it at the border. However, a recent upset in the United Kingdom’s laws surrounding kava has left many vendors (as well as ordinary British citizens!) confused about the legal status of kava in Britain. In a new ruling announced just this past week, the United Kingdom’s Department of Health stated it would be tightening its regulations on kava: among other things, this means that families in South Pacific countries will no longer be able to send kava to their loved ones in the United Kingdom. Readers, I am disappointed and more than a little confused at this ruling! Kava drinking is an essential part of culture for people of South Pacific descent; to suddenly deprive them of that, when kava has been used without incident in the UK for the past twelve years, seems arbitrary and unfair. Gillian Capewell, press officer for the UK Department of Health, explained the department’s reasoning: “The Kava-kava in food (England) regulations 2002 came into force January 13th, 2003, banning the sale, possession for sale, offer, exposure, or advertisement for sale [of kava]. In addition, the regulations also ban the importation into England of any food consisting of, or containing, kava-kava.” Capewell argued that the UK did not change its laws regulating kava; instead, the change reflects an increase in enforcement of the existing kava laws. The law was put in place in 2003 when UK officials believed kava to carry a potential risk of liver damage. I won’t waste space here debunking those liver damage claims, as I have posted several articles on this blog addressing kava and liver safety. However, I will say that this move toward greater enforcement is not only baffling, but its actual impact on kava vendors such as our own humble farm is far from clear. For one thing, in most countries including the US, where we are based, kava is classified as a dietary supplement and not a food. How will the UK handle kava products that are clearly labeled as dietary supplements? Will customs stop any product that contains kava or only those that are more food-like such as instant kava mixes? Furthermore, the Biosecurity Agency of Fiji maintains that they are not aware of any importation ban in the UK on kava intended for personal use. Chairman Xavier Riyaz Khan said that the agency would be informed of any ban by the Plant Protection Organization, its counterpart in the United Kingdom. While kava root and medicines that contain extracts of kava root are banned for sale in Britain, kava is still legal to possess as far as I can determine. I can also say that Kona Kava Farm has been shipping kava to customers in the United Kingdom for over ten years and has rarely had a package stopped. Our success rate for shipping kava through British customs hovers at 98% (with a 95% success rate in Ireland), compared to a 50% success rate in Australia, which has far more restrictive kava laws. So if I’m in the UK, can I order kava from you or not? The short answer? Our 98% success rate at least merits a try. Customers in Australia have historically had a much harder time receiving kava from us (50% is about as good odds as flipping a coin), but our customers in...

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Kava Clubs Preserving Tongan Culture!

Posted by on Jan 23, 2015 in Kava News | 0 comments

Kava Clubs Preserving Tongan Culture!

Aloha, dear readers, and welcome to what I hope will be another wonderful year of kava-related stories! I’ve gushed many times about the power of kava to strengthen community and family bonds and make strangers into friends over the kava bowl. Recently, my belief in the power of kava was directly vindicated by a study from the Auckland University of Technology which demonstrated that faikava (“kava clubs” in Tongan) have become a locus for preserving Tongan language and culture in the modern age! Conducted by master’s student Edmund Fehoko (who is of Tongan descent), the study surveyed young Tongan men between the ages of 16 and 30 in New Zealand who regularly attended faikava, traditional men-only kava clubs. Fehoko said he focused on Tongan youth’s faikava attendance because there had been little research done on younger generations’ experience with the tradition. Faikava have been in operation in New Zealand since the early days of Tongan immigration, and each one is affiliated with a specific village back in Tonga. To make what could be quite a long story short, Fehoko found that young Tongan men who regularly attended faikava sessions reported feeling a stronger sense of cultural identity, and were also less likely to join gangs or use drugs and alcohol. I’ve always thought a strong sense of cultural belonging is essential in encouraging young people onto healthy pathways, and Fehoko’s groundbreaking study certainly seems to vindicate that! He described faikava as cultural classrooms where the Tongan language is passed on in proverbs, songs, and casual discussions on a variety of topics—all accompanied by liberal bowls of kava, of course! In passing on the Tongan language, the older male generation is also passing along cultural knowledge to its sons, and with that, a stronger sense of cultural identity and filial ties. Of his own introduction to faikava at age 14, Fehoko said, “at first I didn’t want to go and sit around listening to other people talk, but I soon started learning new words and realized how important my language and culture were.” Yet this cultural institution isn’t without issues, particularly when it comes to the role of women. Fehoko noted that faikava are traditionally men-only; women serve the kava (considered a great honor), but aren’t allowed to participate in the sessions themselves. Along with noting that this makes women’s perspectives on faikava a promising area for further study, in a recent interview Fehoko stressed the need to establish safe spaces where young Tongan women could engage with their culture. In researching this article, I also discovered that the gender divide enforced in faikava can have political dimensions: Mele Amanaki, an unsucessful female candidate in Tonga’s last election, has recently called for more scrutiny into Tonga’s campaign spending laws—specifically those around how much money candidates should be allowed to donate to faikava. Ms. Amanaki justly pointed out that male candidates may otherwise have an unfair advantage because they can mingle with potential supporters and donors at men-only faikava, which female candidates have limited access to. I wholeheartedly support making the faikava tradition more inclusive, so that all young Tongans can experience their rich cultural heritage in a supportive space! After all, the framework of faikava has been and remains a huge part of Tongan identity, one that Fehoko believes has helped New Zealand Tongans avoid some of the pitfalls with inappropriate use of kava that have troubled aboriginal populations in Australia’s Arnhem Land. Having an appropriate cultural framework for kava use is very important; when done wisely, kava drinking further strengthens South Pacific family and community structures. For Tongan immigrants...

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