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Thursday, October 05, 2006
Posted 6:46 PM by Luigi
Kava Festival in Hawaii
By Corey Riordan, Ka Leo Contributing Reporter, 5 October 2006
The third annual Kava Festival is coming to the University of Hawaii at Manoa on Saturday. The festival is free of charge and will be located at the McCarthy Mall from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Kava Festival 2006 is centered on the drink kava - pronounced awa in Hawaiian - and is being coordinated by the Awa Development Council, a nonprofit organization focused on promoting awa in education, religion and science.
Awa, a Hawaiian plant commonly used by ancient Hawaiians as both a drink of pleasure and a cure for headaches and stress, has real-world applications today.
Vendors will be giving away free awa samples. There will also be kava plants for sale.
"It will offer an opportunity to see awa in a whole new context, in a more tradition and therapeutic way," said Jonathan Yee, an organizer of the event.
Yee said that the council aims to make the mood of the event very relaxing and educational. "There will be an awa garden where people can gather and drink kava in a comfortable setting," he said.
The festival will include speakers, live music, slam poetry and more.
Kava Festival 06 will commence with a traditional awa ceremony in the morning to get the event started. Musicians will perform throughout the day, including Grammy award winner Jeff Peterson. Speakers at the Kava Festival will be covering a variety of subjects including ancient Hawaiian chants, the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, moon phases and the chemistry of kava.
If you are interested in Kava Festival, you can visit http://www.kavafestival.org for more information.
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