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It is unknown exactly when kava first came to Fiji. Some traditional stories suggest it was via Samoa. However it is more likely to have been brought by sea farers from Vanuatu. Regardless of how it arrived in Fiji, the two are now permanently tied. If someone mentions Fiji they automatically think of kava and visa versa.
Our good friends at Kava Fiji have listed many of the different varieties including Bisinisi, Mata Karo and others. Fiji kava though is often not referred to by a specific variety, but simply what part of the root is used. Waka Roots (the basal or lateral root of the kava plant) are the premium roots. These contain larger levels of kava lactone. They are used in high-level custom ceremonies and as gifts and are prized for their strong effect.
Waka Kava is considered the top of the “Heavy” range of kava varieties. What does this mean? It means that the kava lactones from Waka roots powder will relax your body. This makes it ideal for people both social occasions – after all that is when we want to be relaxed. People also use the relaxing body effect for medical and health benefits. At Australia Kava Shop we sell Waka Premium. Our Waka Premium is 100% lateral roots and is available in standard 1-3mm gradient and a super fine gradient.
Australia Kava Shops Waka Premium is 100% lateral roots and is available in standard 1-3mm gradient and a super fine gradient.
Lawena roots are the stump roots and are reserved for everyday drinking of kava. Not as strong as Waka, Lawena still has its place for a milder drink. A good comparison would be that Waka is like a Balter Brewery beer, whereas Lawena would be like drinking a XXXX Gold. Both types have their time and place.
Fiji has the largest amount of kava of all the South Pacific nations. It has a thriving kava export economy that supplies to the USA and throughout Europe. As the kava farmers in Fiji use more modern agricultural methods than Vanuatu, they are also able to produce at a higher yield.
There is an age-old argument over which kava is the strongest – Vanuatu or Fiji. We would reserve our comments on this aside to say it all comes down to what kava-to-water ratio is used in preparation. We discuss the ongoing Vanuatu vs Fiji kava debate in our blog. You can read it HERE.
Australia Kava Shop only imports the very best Waka kava from our Fiji partners – partners that we have dealt with for over a decade. If you wish to Buy Fiji Kava, as the saying goes “We Know Our Roots” and only bring the best Fiji kava to Australian customers.