Ep 16: Researching Kava with Aporosa

In this episode 'Apo' Aporosa who is based at Te Huataki Waiora School of Health at the University of Waikato joins me to discuss kava research. After introducing kava (piper methysticum) and its spread, he explains how it is a cultural keystone species across Oceania. Yaqona (kava) is also tied to identity and cultural values. We discuss contemporary issues including some myth-busting of prevalent misconceptions of kava and its effects. We conclude this episode with Apo sharing some preliminary insights on his most recent research on kava and driving, as well as making some comments on kava quality issues. 

Topics: Kava, Identity, Diaspora, Research, Health 

Terms: Yaqona (iTaukei/Fijian word for kava), Wai ni Vanua (Ceremonial name for yaqona meaning the water of the land, culture, and people), Vakaturanga (Fijian cultural values of chiefliness, respect, and humility), Mana (Honour, potency).

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