Vanuatu and Kava

Rounding out the Melanesian region of Oceania is the island nation of Vanuatu.  Vanuatu is one of the most interesting, diverse and mysterious of all the Melanesian archipelagos in relation to culture and their use of Kava-as we shall see below. Vanuatu Itself...

New Guinea and Kava

Unlike their Melanesian neighbors, the Oceanic people of New Guinea have a long and rich history with our favorite beverage.  But before we discuss this, let’s look at New Guinea today. New Guinea Splitting off from Australia during the last glacial period during...

Solomon Islands and Kava

The Solomon Islands, much like the New Caledonian cousins, have a mysterious and interesting relationship with kava.  But before we get to that, let’s look at the Solomon Islands as they are today. The Solomon Islands The island nation of The Solomon Islands is...

New Caledonia and Kava

New Caledonia has an interesting, and somewhat mysterious relationship with our favorite beverage.  But before we get to that, lets’ look at New Caledonia as it is today. New Caledonia: The region known as New Caledonia is a French territory in the Melanesian...

Culture of Oceania

‘upa’upa The ‘upa’upa is an ancient dance which originated in Tahiti. European discoverers have described it as “indecent”. It is not quite clear how close (or how far apart) the gestures at that time were with the now immensely...

Fiji Culture and Kava

KAVA AND FIJI CULTURE Like many plants with medicinal uses, there are specific generalizations that can be made about the things that the plant can do without pointing out specifically what kind of sickness it treats. In the case of Kava, it is marketed usually as a...