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Respecting the Roots

Kava, although around for thousands of years in the Pacific Islands is fairly new to North America and Europe. I believe its important to reflect on the true historical perspective of Kava in the places in which it is actually grown. In doing so we can reflect on its traditional place within community and culture. Kava has always had a place of importance in the Pacific Islands,and until the influence of Missonaries and colonialism it existed throughout the islands of the pacific. In some places it was banned by the invaders and on other islands encouraged. In the places where it was encouraged many saw Kava as a preferable alternative to the disruptive qualities of Alcohol. A recent example of...

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