Diamond Head Cove Health Bar speciality is the traditional relaxing Hawaiian drink Kava (awa) and live music on Awa nights. Come on in and experience comtemporary Hawaiian music and culture! Souvenir T-shirts are also available. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday open until midnight for "Awa Nights" featuring a'wa bar and impromptu jam sessions.

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Kava (pronounce "ava" in Hawaiian)

Traditional Organic Hawaiian Awa .

Awa Nights: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday open til midnight (live music)

Special Awa smoothie: awa, bananas, coconut milk & maple syrup

Traditional Organic Hawaiian Awa

Awa Nights: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday open until midnight (live music)

Special Awa Smoothie: awa, bananas, coconut milk & maple syrup

From Ancient times, awa has been considered one of the most important and appropriate offerings. It was considered a drink suitable for the gods, and its offering to important guests reflects the high status. The awa ceremony honors the deep origins of the Hawaiian tradition of awa by the recitation of traditional chants dedicated to Kane, one of the four major Hawaiian gods, a patron of awa, fresh water and healing. The apu, a coconut cup, is passed respectfully to each guests, who should consume the contents reverently, and may offer a brief statement. The awa is offered as a symbol of life, health, harmony and hospitality, establishing at its onset, the spirit of the festival.

Diamond Head Cove Health Bar Hours of Operation:

Monday: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (A'wa Night)

Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (A'wa Night)

Thursday: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (A'wa Night)

Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (A'wa Night)

Large Kava Serving Bowls are called "Tanoa".

Kava bowls from Tonga, Fiji and Samoa

Hawaii Kava

Kava (Piper methysticum) is an age-old herbal drink that was the beverage of choice for the royal families of the South Pacific. Believed to originate from Melansia, kava grows abundantly in the sun-drenched islands of Polynesia. Although drank for centuries by the islanders, it was only during Captain Cook's voyage to the Pacific in 1768-1771 when white man first encountered the plant and its consumption in sacred ceremonies. According to Cook's account, natives chewed or pounded the root and mixed it with water to produce a brownish, often bitter brew which they then consumed for its psychoactive properties. A soothing drink with proven medicinal effects, kava is now available to anyone seeking to calm nerves or ease stress as well as anxiety while combating fatique the natural way. Its special anti-depressant components fight the 'blues' and bring on a happy, tranquil state. Kava is amazing for treating ailments like migraine headaches and cramps but best of all, it keeps the mind alert as the body relaxes. This traditional drink still plyas a key role in Fijian, Samoan and Tongan societies where it is drank in ceremonies meant to honor visitors, unite participants and validate their social identies.

In 19th century Hawaii at least 30 varieties were used for medical, religious, cultural and social purposes by all social classes, men and women. Kava is the original pau hana drink of working people to relax and ease achy muscles. Pupu is the word for a small piece of food eaten after drinking to cover the taste. Kava was also given to fussy babies and children to calm and help them sleep.

Today kava is used outside Polynesia to reduce anxiety, to aid relaxation mentally as well as physically, and to sleep.

Kava is traditionally consumed as a "tea" a water-extract is made from straining a mixture of water and shredded or pounded, dried or fresh, root and or underground stump. The extract is an emulsion-suspended kavalactone droplets in a starchy suspension. Taste is slightly pungent, the distinct aroma varies from fresh to dry and by variety. Color gray to tan to greenish opaque. You can try in at kava bars on Hawaii, Maui and Oahu.

Marcos serves awa from the Big Island and other spots. Be hardcore and order a bowl prepared the traditional way, brewed with water and served in a not so traditional tapa pattern paper poi bowl, or take the scenic route with the smoothie. You get there just the same but the ride is more enjoyable.

I drove back from my meal thinking that I sounded great singing along with Sinatra, but woke the next day clear headed and safe in the knowledge that I can't carry a tune in a bucket. You can order awa any time of day (the banana-coconut smoothie made with the root is popular), but night is the time to get comfortably numb.

Diamond Head Cove Health Bar is open to midnight on A'wa nights with live local Hawaiian music jam sessions!

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