Sunday, June 13, 2010

Samoa - Ava Ceremony, and Beaches

Samoa - The treasured islands of The South Pacific

Top Left: Ava ceremony
Top Right: Aganoa Beach, Siumu
Bottom Left: Salepaga Beach
Bottom Right: Return to Paradise Beach

Photography by David Kirkland

unused, from 2010

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Kava (ava in Samoa) is an ancient crop of the western Pacific. The word kava is used to refer both to the plant and the beverage produced from its roots. It is sedating and is primarily consumed to relax without disrupting mental clarity. Safety concerns have been raised over liver toxicity largely due to the use of stems and leaves by supplement makers, as opposed to solely the root of the plant as dictated by traditional uses.

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