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Life In Fiji 

Kava Is An Integral Part Of Life In Fiji

The place of kava or ‘Yaqona’ in the cultural life of Fijians is so central that it is referred to as ‘wai ni vanua’ (drink for the people). It has also been adopted by the European, Fijians of Indian descent and other communities that have made Fiji their home. It has become the national drink of Fiji and is part of our identity as Fijians. Although kava has been grown in Fiji for centuries, it has only been in the recent past that production statistics have been recorded based on…

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Kava Piper Methysticum 

KAVA (Piper Methysticum)

Yaqona is a Fijian term commonly used to refer to the drink made from roots of the Piper methysticum plant. The word is also used in reference to the plant itself and its derivatives. Among the dialects spoken in Fiji, the names used in reference to yaqona can vary but in published international literature, yaqona is generally referred to as kava. The significance of kava is deeply rooted and embedded in the Fijian way of life. For centuries, it was exclusively used during traditional cultural ceremonies. While it remains an…

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