This is an ancient Tongan
tradition that is still practiced today.
The kava root is placed on a flat
volcanic stone and pounded into a fine
powder with a small round volcanic stone.
A special square of woven mat is placed
underneath to catch the ground powder.
Next, the powder is put
into a carved wooden kava bowl , water is
added, and the powder is squeezed and
strained through fibers from the inner
bark of the Fau tree.
After being aerated it is
ready to serve! Hu'i Atu He 'Oku Fu'u Taufua
Now the kava is served in
coconut shells to the adults. Along with
conversation and singing Tongan music, it
makes for a very enjoyable time! Kava
E Kuo Heka
"Let me try it first,
mmmmmm tastes good." Kava is used
for social gatherings, and special
events. This is a predominantly Polynesian
custom. Tau Inu Ai