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Also called "grog" or "yaqona," kava is drunk at all times of day in both public and private settings. When it is served, kava is a form of welcome. The hypnotic drink is made from the local kava root and is believed to help with sleep and to clear the mind. (Personal note: It tastes like chalk, but your sleep will be sound.)

Also called "grog" or "yaqona," kava is drunk at all times of day in both public and private settings. When it is served, kava is a form of welcome. The hypnotic drink is made from the local kava root and is believed to help with sleep and to clear the mind. (Personal note: It tastes like chalk, but your sleep will be sound.)

Traditional kava ceremony with the Tribal Chief in the village. I couldn't feel my tongue.

Traditional kava ceremony with the Tribal Chief in the village. I couldn't feel my tongue.

Fijian Man in full bark cloth (masi) presenting the bilo ni yaqona (cup of kava)

Fijian Man in full bark cloth (masi) presenting the bilo ni yaqona (cup of kava)

In the South Pacific, the roots of the Kava plant were/are chewed by virgins to produce a drink with sedative and anesthetic properties.

In the South Pacific, the roots of the Kava plant were/are chewed by virgins to produce a drink with sedative and anesthetic properties.

In Bukuya village, Fiji, a man checks on dried Kava roots, used to make a brew with relaxing properties.

In Bukuya village, Fiji, a man checks on dried Kava roots, used to make a brew with relaxing properties.

A traditionally dressed native Fijian drinking Kava as a part of a welcoming ceremony.

A traditionally dressed native Fijian drinking Kava as a part of a welcoming ceremony.

Fijians playing guitar at a kava drinking ceremony.

Fijians playing guitar at a kava drinking ceremony.

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