Posts Tagged "kava ceremonies"

Kava Ceremony Etiquette

Posted by on Jan 5, 2009 in The Mind of Makaira | 2 comments

Kava Ceremony Etiquette

Aloha! Happy new year, my cyber-friends! 2008 was a very difficult year for many people across the globe. 2009 is so full of hope and new beginnings. I wish all of you nothing but the very best in this newest of new years! I’m consistently inundated with requests on how to conduct oneself in a kava ceremony while on the islands – or anywhere, for that matter. So, I thought I’d take a moment to address your concerns. The kava ceremony plays a crucial role in bond-making and diplomacy. All important events on the islands of Oceania involve drinking kava. Kava is the social...

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“GROG” vs. “FIRE WATER”

Posted by on Nov 3, 2008 in The Mind of Makaira | 0 comments

“GROG” vs. “FIRE WATER”

Aloha! I love reading, as I’m sure many of you have already discovered by now. Recently I stumbled across writer Joel Gibson’s very vivid and entertaining account of a trip he took to the South Pacific entitled “Just One More Cup of Kava” in the travel section of The Age, a news website out of Australia, where kava is a schedule IV drug, legal to possess and sell, but ¬†illegal to import without a special license. Gibson writes, “Three hours into our 16-hour odyssey on a government tub called Tovuto, I get my first taste of Fijian hospitality. Leaving the crowd...

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Kava Reintegration of Fiji Inmates

Posted by on Sep 22, 2008 in Kava News | 0 comments

Kava Reintegration of Fiji Inmates

Aloha! I was reading the Fiji Times this morning and came across an interesting article on the Archbishop of the Catholic Church of Fiji who conducted a kava ceremony in a prison, as part of reintegrating prisoners back into society. In the article, Archbishop Petero Mataca reminded inmates of “the importance of educating themselves more about their traditional protocols. Archbishop Mataca visited the Naboro Maximum Security Prison and addressed men convicted for murder, rape and violent robberies, stressing the need to touch base with traditional protocols and customs. He addressed...

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Coffee Jitters and Traditional Kava Ceremonies

Posted by on Aug 11, 2008 in The Mind of Makaira | 0 comments

Coffee Jitters and Traditional Kava Ceremonies

Aloha! So, this morning I woke up and had one too many cups of coffee. Oh, how I love my morning coffee! Usually I only have one cup, but occasionally I will have more than one. I admit that this morning I savored a total of three cups of coffee and within half an hour I felt jittery and on edge. It’s been awhile since I got the coffee jitters…maybe I need to switch to decaffeinated coffee in my old age! This reaction in me doesn’t always occur when I pour myself a second or third cup. Often times when I do, I feel fine – invigorated even. Yet today I felt very...

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Coronation of the New King of Tonga

Posted by on Aug 7, 2008 in The Mind of Makaira | 0 comments

Coronation of the New King of Tonga

Aloha! I don’t know if you heard, but the Isle of Tonga crowned a new King late last week. And just how did they celebrate the new King’s coronation but with a kava ceremony! I watched the ceremony on television, which was a big deal down here in the South Pacific. They presented the new King with gifts as he arrived at the kava circle and when the ceremony began, they mixed the kava and followed that with chanting and more gifts, then they passed around the bowls of kava to all the dignitaries present. The entire ceremony took about two hours, and is regarded by many to be the...

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