Kava root drink at Kanaka Kava in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii (Big Island)

Kava root drink at Kanaka Kava in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii (Big Island)

Kava root drink at Kanaka Kava in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii (Big Island)

A coconut shell filled with a local drink made from kava root (‘awa / Piper methysticum) at Kanaka Kava, an ‘awa bar in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii (Big Island) – the drink has sedative, mood-altering qualities and a numbing sensation similar to eating Sichuan peppercorn.

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