Geography of Kava
Kava originates from the Pacific Islands also known as Oceania. Oceania is comprised of a large chain of islands that cover thousands of miles of ocean, stretching from the upper right of Australia, all the way to the Hawaiian Islands. Kava is one of the “canoe plants” of the Pacific Islanders. It can be found throughout their migratory routes in Oceania. The Hawaiian Islands were the final stop in kava’s long voyage from Melanesia through Polynesia.
These islands offer some of the most exotic landscapes on Earth with white sandy beaches, swaying palm trees, volcanic landscapes, vast coral reefs, and exotic vegetation. It’s here on these exotic islands where kava originates from and is most prevalent.
“The custom of drinking kava is so widespread throughout Oceania it might be the one item in their culture links together most of the Peoples of Oceania” (Y.N. Singh 1992, 13).
Some places have known Kava since the dawn of time, and others, like Hawaii have embraced it and integrated it deeply into their culture and religion.
The Map of Oceania includes the three distinct cultural regions of Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesia: