On the other hand, while I'm drinking coffee this evening, Salesi is drinking kava. He went to the kalapu - (men's kava club) at Maka Maile (one of three or four different clubs available in the village...these are clubs that are the main social activity for men) - to have a cup of kava-infused water with our island's reigning Nopele (chief) Malupo. Here's some photo's from Salesi's afternoon kava session, where he spoke with Malupo, and was invited back again tonight to continue the faikava (literally to 'do kava').
|The Noble of 'Uiha, Malupo, holding court via his kava circle|
|The Guy Who Mixes the Kava|
|'Conversation Rules the Nation'|
|Coconut Cups ready for filling |
Kava has been part of the Polynesian cultures since time immemorial - kava was one of the plants brought by the first peoples. There's so much history behind the kava circle, and so much meaning, that I'll have to do another post devoted to the Kava Circle. It can be highly ritualized but also very informal. More later - these photos took SO long to load, that my caffeine buzz has finally succumbed to a sleepy dozing state in which if I don't break away from this computer screen, I shall surely cause some sort of retinal damage to my eyes from staring so intently to the screen! Ah, technology....