San i stap ko daon, “le soleil descend” : Autour du kava au Vanuatu

San i stap ko daon. Le soleil descend et signale aux Ni-vanuatu la fin de la journée. Déjà depuis le nakamal, on entend le bruit rythmé des busnaef : on s’affaire à découper en petit morceaux les racines de kava. Les hommes préparent, se chambrent et se marrent. Enfin, le jus opaque et marron est prêt et les premiers sel sont servis. Le nakamal plonge dans la pénombre. Une lumière permet tout juste de distinguer les buveurs de kava qui chuchotent maintenant entre eux. De temps à autres, le silence est interrompu, il faut bien le dire, par des raclements de gorges et des crachements affirmés. Le kava fait effet. Certains vous diront qu’il est en train de parler.

Guest editorial (in French) by Soizic Le Cornec

New Kava By-Law targets control of kava bar construction

Kava operators or any citizen who wishes to operate a kava bar within the jurisdiction of Port Vila municipality, will have to apply to construct the kava bar. This order is in accordance to a new By-Law of the Port Vila Municipality Council, which was made in reference to Section36 of the Municipality Act [CAP […]

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Nikaura Kava Farmer’s Association Established

The Nikaura Kava Farmer’s Association (NKFA) was established last month (April 9, 2021) purposely to unite kava farmers of Nikaura. This is an outcome of an awareness on kava processing products conducted by the Departments of Trade and Agriculture.  “The NKFA consists of eight members representing the eight tribes within the communities of Varsu Area […]

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Kava is Vanuatu’s Green Gold

Walter Isaiah is a lead kava farmer on South East Ambrym who has invested in kava production in 2015, after his engagement with seasonal workers program abroad since 2010. Kava farmer Isaiah has decided to remain in his home village Moru, to grow kava as one of the main cash crops in Vanuatu on a […]

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Kava processing project proposed for Pentecost

Pentecost chiefs have welcomed the proposed construction of a kava processing on their island. Chief Olivier Tabi from Ilamre village when presenting a traditional Pentecost red mat to the Minister of Trade, James Bule, told the minister that people are tired of failed government promises. He told Mr Bule that the project is a good […]

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Law to protect Vanuatu kava

Vanuatu’s Intellectual Property Office is undertaking public consultation on a draft bill to protect the quality and cultural and commercial value of Vanuatu kava. The office, which is part of the Ministry of Trade, Commerce, Industries and Tourism, is discussing a draft Geographical Indication (Kava) Bill with kava farmers in the leading kava producing islands […]

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Kava drinking session early 1900’ in Uvea, Wallis and Futuna island

The kava bowl and tapa cloth are important symbols of both cultures. Kava is drunk both ritually and secularly in Futuna. The kava bowl is used to honor chiefs and the existing hierarchy. Tapa cloth is made by women for exchange at rituals that draw extended families together. It is symbolic of women’s wealth, along […]

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Poulaho, King of the Friendly Islands, drinking kava

This engraving after a drawing by John Webber comes from the official account of Cook’s third voyage, ‘A voyage to the Pacific Ocean’, published by Scatcherd and Whitaker in 1784. Captain James Cook (1728-1779) made three separate voyages to the Pacific (with the ships Endeavour, Resolution, Adventure, and Discovery) and did more than any other […]

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Kava in the 1900’s

Polynesian Islands 1900’s. Early 1900’  kava session…  The Kava Tradition of how people sit around the Kava Tanua (Bowl) during the preparation process and after the process when it is to be served to its consumers.  It’s a very unique way of showing gratitude and great respect to the Tradition of Kava.   The mixing crew. […]

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KaLé Nakamal with the Xmas feels 🎄!

KaLé Nakamal is not only offering kava but also giving you the festive environment where you can have a shell and sit back to enjoy the environment as it’s being decorated with all the Christmas lights around. They can also organize a small gathering for you and you team! #Kavaikik There is also live entertainment […]

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El Manaro staff training in covid -19 preparedness.

El Manaro staff training in covid -19 preparedness. Our nakamal is making every effort to implement safe practices and we certainly have enough room for effective social distancing. Come and join us for a shell any time from 3 pm til late.

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Waterfall Kava Bar

Waterfall Kava Bar

In the heart of Port Vila a Kava Bar opened its windows last year exactly 6 months ago . Boasting a modest 7 kava windows of many Vanuatu Noble kava varieties and a beer window, this is where everyone heads to watch the sunset on the Port Vila harbor over a shell of kava & […]

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All day long, and with funny dogs

Sophie’s nakamal is located in Port Vila, namba2 area. It is a cool place, famous for serving kava at any time. And all day long, dogs are having shells 🙂

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Kava World session for Titan FX at yumiwork

It was a delight to present Kava-world.com to Titan FX team, in Port Vila. We discussed functionalities, objectives, and perspectives of this kava lovers platform. They shared our enthusiasm and passion! Then we enjoyed yumiwork’s fantastic terrace, with a kava tasting, comparing kava juices from Santo and Malakula, with a great sun set. Sweet!

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Kava Exhibition Ends on Thursday 22 of October 2020! 😁

Alliance Francaise has organized an exhibition for Kava which started last Friday and concluding this Thursday with the support of Cooperation Regionale, Kava World and Olsem Wanem. Director of Alliance Francaise de Port Vila George Cumbo said that he wanted to place kava on the pedestal it deserved by portraying it in different ways. “Because […]

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VAC to produce 23,000 Kava seedlings under agreement with MALFFB

An agreement has been signed between the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Forestry, Fisheries and Biosecurity (MALFFB) and the Vanuatu Agriculture College (VAC) for the production of kava seedlings. The agreement was signed by the Director General for MALFFB, Moses Amos and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of VAC, Peter Napwatt, after the second kava forum recently on […]

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Another innovative products: effervescent kava tablets

As I was delivering some products to Paris Shopping Duty Free shop in Port Vila, I stumbled across a new product produced in Australia 🇦🇺 using Vanuatu Kava. Nice packaging, clear indications.. was intrigued as I had never heard of it before.. Ingrid Festa gave me two tablets for me to try. The owner told […]

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Kava in a bottle, the beginning of a new era?

We forwarded earlier information about PAcific Kava Roots , à kava prepared with green kava ( fresh froozen) and bottled in New Zealand for the US Market. This product is the baby of years of trials by a well known American kava lover and importer , Mr. Mike Munsell, owner of Monsoon Beverage LLC and […]

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