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Hawai'ian Source for Black 'Awa?

kaleokahu May 17, 2014 11:17 AM

Just asking... Bonus points if it's from a Kaua'i northshore ahupua'a.


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    wabi RE: kaleokahu May 18, 2014 11:28 PM

    Kaleo..no promises.
    Let me ask around.
    My Awa source used to work for the state Ag Dept, but has retired and moved to da mainland. (The wife...)
    But...he still comes back and forth.

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    1. re: wabi
      kaleokahu RE: wabi May 19, 2014 09:14 AM

      Shoots, Wabi, that'd be great! I smuggled some cuttings from Oma'o past the Ag inspectors once, but they wouldn't grow.

      Black 'awa on your side Kaua'i is legendary. Was a moku o Kaua'i who was so impressed with the 'awa he was served, he gave an entire ahupua'a (near Kilauea, I think) to his host.

      While you're at it, could you find me a comely 19-y.o. maiden chewer to go wit? I like the old ways...


      1. re: kaleokahu
        wabi RE: kaleokahu May 20, 2014 05:30 AM

        I put out the word about the 'awa. Give it a few days to travel around the north shore to see if there is any to be had.

        I don't see as much 'awa recently, but I am sure there is some around.

        My friend I mentioned was very much into 'awa and its production. Working for the Ag department, he had 'awa from all over. My wife and I would have him over for dinner, and inevitably he would bring a 1 gallon zip lock bag of 'awa. At one time I had bags and bags of it in my freezer. As I would make dinner, our friend would mix up a sizable batch of 'awa that we consumed while cooking.

        1. re: wabi
          kaleokahu RE: wabi May 20, 2014 07:45 AM

          Mahalo nui, Wabi. kaleokahu@gmail.com in case this thread has pilikia...

          You have a tanoa to serve it from?


          1. re: kaleokahu
            wabi RE: kaleokahu May 21, 2014 06:22 PM

            Ok the word is out among my N Shore contacts.
            Gotta give it some time for the coconut wireless to travel.
            No tanoa....we're very local style...use juice glass!

            1. re: wabi
              kaleokahu RE: wabi May 21, 2014 09:00 PM

              E, wabi, I owe you beeg regardless if gets. I'll see if I can get you some pale pa'akai (red salt, Mods) from the West Side.


    2. indelibledotink RE: kaleokahu May 21, 2014 06:01 PM

      does awa/kava have a strong effect for you two?

      i have drank it before and aside from some numbing in the mouth, did not feel much.

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      1. re: indelibledotink
        kaleokahu RE: indelibledotink May 21, 2014 08:56 PM

        E, indelible, Aloha Kaua:

        Strong effect? Not for me. But it's both profound and subtle if you can square those two concepts. I don't consider it a depressant, and the only things it stimulates in me is good conversation and vivid dreams. For me the ritual is a big part of it, the connection with the 'aina and the poe kahiko.

        If you take it as drink, the bitterness is kind of a drag; if it bothers you, it's a real disincentive to take enough. I suggest nibbling on a macaroon as you go. Nice warm swim with kou aumakua helps, as does an afternoon in the pili grass with your Ipo.


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