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Hawai‘i Island Perspectives Trip: Traditional Cultivation and use of ‘Awa (Kava)

April 9 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Join us for our next Perspectives on Community Health Trip (Hawai‘i Island) on Tuesday, April 9, 2024, from 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM, for an in-depth look at the traditional cultivation and use of ‘Awa, a plant grown in the Melanesian and Polynesian islands.

We will start the day at Pū‘iwa Hawaiian Farms, which has three primary goals:

  • Reignite cultivation and usage of Hawaiian ‘Awa.
  • Educate the public on how Hawaiian ‘Awa helped form the Hawai‘i we know today.
  • Research and promote the effectiveness of ‘Awa in treating various medical issues, including stress, anxiety, and sleep.

Then, with Ed Johnston of the Association for Hawaiian ‘Awa, we’ll view a demonstration of his ‘Awa propagation technique, which blends in with cultivar variation and traditional uses in Old Hawai‘i, and learn how that model could benefit people today. We’ll also explore how the traditional consumption of ‘Awa can benefit mind and body health. Through this Perspectives Trip, we hope participants will engage with the ‘Āina and take home appreciation for this traditional plant and understand its many benefits.

Date: Tuesday, April 9, 2024
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: Pū‘iwa Hawaiian Farms, 27-570 Onohi Loop, Papaikou, HI 96781
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