3 bowls of kava at a kava bar

So I’m back in San Diego and I’m honestly not too impressed with kava. It has been a couple of years since our trip to Fiji and my first kava experience. From what I remember, the taste was not pleasant and I don’t remember anything but getting a tingly tongue. I had approximately a sip of kava during the Kava ceremony and I kind of shrugged it off as a beverage that’s consumed in the South Pacific.

A couple of years after that trip, Rajiv had started Kava Vinaka and I slowly began seeing that there was actually a market…


Kava Plant — these are the leaves, which are not consumed in the Kava Drink

Have you heard of Kava recently? It’s starting to become more common in the United States. In short, it is a plant based tea that helps you feel calm. Who doesn’t need this in 2020 in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic?

Kava originated in the South Pacific — I found out about it from my husband who grew up in Fiji. In Fiji (and I’m sure the other islands in the South Pacific), kava is grown all over. Once the plant matures, the roots are harvested, dried, and pounded into a powder. Once you have this powder, you brew…


Traditional way of making Kava in a Tanoa

Hi Friends! I wanted to tell you about my first REAL exposure to kava. My husband grew up in Fiji and he took me to visit his motherland shortly after we were married. We spent an entire week relaxing and enjoying Fijian culture while meeting up with family. It was one amazing vacation and I can’t wait to go back.

I had heard about kava before our vacation, but I wasn’t really sure what it was. To be honest, I wasn’t really interested to learn more at the time either. One of the adventures on our vacation was the Sigatoka…


Hi Everyone! For our first post, we wanted to give you folks the backstory of how Kava Vinaka came to be. My husband, Rajiv, founded Kava Vinaka back in 2016, and here is his story:

“I was a new home owner, had a new car, student loans, and was married. I was part owner of a technology startup while working full-time as an engineer. I wanted to start a family with my wife, but we wanted to more financially stable and pay off debt. This meant working extra hours at both the start up technology company and at my day…

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