The Mind of Makaira

Kava and Culture: A Brief History

Posted by on May 12, 2011 in The Mind of Makaira | 2 comments

Kava and Culture: A Brief History

Aloha everyone! I have been thinking a lot recently about the ways in which kava has influenced culture in the societies where it is used regularly. Having grown up here in Hawai’i, I am definitely very familiar with the ways in which kava has influenced our society. Kava is our way to relax and to come together, and it teaches us how to appreciate the beautiful natural environment we are blessed with here on the islands. I really feel that the fact that we use kava here in Hawai’i is a big part of the reason that we have such a calm and friendly culture. I wanted to know more...

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Natural Relief With Kava

Posted by on Apr 21, 2011 in The Mind of Makaira | 6 comments

Natural Relief With Kava

Aloha everyone! I’ve talked about this topic before on my blog, but with the growing interest that has been developing regarding the medicinal uses of herbal remedies, I wanted to spend a little time talking about ways in which kava can provide natural relief from a number of mild discomforts and troubles. I feel that kava kava is a big reason that I am always able to easily maintain good physical and mental health, and I want to encourage others to consider this amazing plant not just for its wonderful effects on the mind, but for its positive effects on the body! There are many...

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A Refreshing Perspective (& Refreshing Kava Ice Cream!)

Posted by on Mar 10, 2011 in The Mind of Makaira | 2 comments

A Refreshing Perspective (& Refreshing Kava Ice Cream!)

The March issue of the AHPA Report, published by the American Herbal Products Association, brought a welcome new perspective on the health benefits and dangers of kava, one which seems to be coming more and more prevalent in the modern consciousness.

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New Year Greetings and New Kava Studies!

Posted by on Jan 7, 2011 in The Mind of Makaira | 2 comments

New Year Greetings and New Kava Studies!

Aloha everyone! Happy New Year! What an amazing and productive year 2010 was for us here at Kona Kava Farm! Another year of sharing the joys of kava with the world, and enjoying it here at home with family and friends. I got to spend another year working with my beloved kava plants, and I even got to try some unique kava-based cuisine! Since then, I’ve been trying to incorporate fresh kava into my cooking with varying levels of success – maybe after I get a little more practice I’ll be able to share some of my original recipes with all of you! 2010 was also a pretty...

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Ceremonial Plant Medicines

Posted by on Nov 14, 2010 in The Mind of Makaira | 5 comments

Ceremonial Plant Medicines

I just wanted to write about a little something that has been on my mind for the past few weeks. It seems to me like indigenous cultures have very different ideas and methods of using plants and medicines than people in many Western countries. For us here in Hawaii, as well as for people in Fiji, the Philippines, and other countries that have used kava for thousands of years, kava is undeniably linked to ceremony. Even when I drink kava outside of a ceremonial setting, I always think about the many amazing ceremonies that I have taken part in as a worship of this marvelous plant and the...

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Kava In The News

Posted by on Oct 17, 2010 in The Mind of Makaira | 1 comment

Kava In The News

Aloha everyone! Wow! Things have been really busy on the farm recently! Maybe it’s because it’s the start of a new fall college semester for many of our customers? All I know is that we’ve been working non-stop, and I couldn’t be happier! There is nothing more fulfilling than knowing that I am working to share this wonderful kava for people all over the world. ¬†And if you are working with kava to help you with school or work stress, I hope that it does you well! I think that kava is a great alternative to alcohol for relaxation for students, because it’s a lot...

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