Perspectives on Community Health Field Trip (Hawai’i Island): Traditional Cultivation and use of ‘Awa (Kava)

Perspectives on Community Health Field Trip (Hawai’i Island):
Traditional Cultivation and use of ‘Awa (Kava)

Tuesday, April 9, 2024
9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Pū’iwa Hawaiian Farms | 27 -570 Onohi Loop, Papaikou, HI 96781

Our Perspectives on Community Health Trips are an opportunity for people interested in public health to step out of their regular routines and join peers in visiting local organizations to learn more about their work and approaches to community health. Learn more about our past trips at

About the Trip:

Join us for an in-depth look at the traditional cultivation and use of ‘Awa, a plant grown in the Melanesian and Polynesian islands. Pū’iwa Hawaiian Farms has three primary goals:

  • Reignite cultivation and usage of Hawaiian ‘Awa.
  • Educate the public on how Hawaiian ‘Awa helped form the Hawai’i we know today.
  • Research and promote the effectiveness of ‘Awa in treating various medical issues, including stress, anxiety, and sleep.

Then with the Association for Hawaiian ‘Awa, we’ll view a demonstration of his ‘Awa propagation technique, which blends in with cultivar variation and traditional uses in Old Hawai’i, and learn how that model could benefit people today. We’ll also explore how the traditional consumption of ‘Awa can benefit mind and body health. Through this Perspectives Trip, we hope participants will engage with the ‘Āina, take home an appreciation for this traditional plant, and understand its many benefits.


9:00 AM – 9:15 AM Welcome and Introductions at Pū’iwa Hawaiian Farms
9:15 AM – 10:30 AM Farm Tour and Propagation Discussion
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM Drive to Second Location
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Presentation and Demonstration of an ‘Awa propagation Technique and Health Benefits of Traditional ‘Awa Use
12:00 – 12:30 PM Bring Your Own Lunch + Talk Story

**Please note that transportation will not be provided. We highly encourage carpooling. Parking will be available at both sites, however, it is limited.**


For any additional questions about the trip, please feel free to contact Patti Hatzistavrakis at or Jessica Thompson at

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