April 1, 2007
Your article about awa ["Relax, It's Awa," Special Issue, March 18] was quite interesting, especially with regard to the increase in awa bars in vacation spots. Although the historical information was accurate, I am concerned that there was no mention of potential serious side effects. The Food and Drug Administration as well as the Centers for Disease Control have published warnings about potential links of kava to liver failure. Also, many evidence-based herbal references state that kava has depressant, muscle-relaxing, intoxicating effects that could impair driving.
March 18, 2007 |
AT first glance, the Diamond Head Cove Health Bar hardly looks like it's in the vanguard of 21st century Hawaiian culture. True, it sits on the slopes of the islands' most famous landmark, Diamond Head. But it's in a mini-mall, sandwiched between a beauty parlor and a barbecue plate lunch shop. There's neon in the windows and a Mexican restaurant across the street. Step inside, however, and you'll know in an instant that you've left Waikiki behind and tapped into the native zeitgeist.
February 13, 2000 |
Our boat was 15 miles northwest of Fiji's main island of Viti Levu when the skipper, Sala Saucoko, said we had entered Bligh Water. It was in this part of the South Pacific, in 1789, that Capt. William Bligh and 18 others were chased by two Fijian war canoes. Bligh and his men, cast adrift days earlier by mutineers on the Bounty, pulled frantically on the oars of their longboat, narrowly escaping the savages. Saucoko laughed at the image of the sailors fleeing his ancestors.
August 19, 1987 |
You may recall that "Heaven's Gate" was a long--and costly--time in the making. Well, for part of the film's Northwestern location shoot, Caroline Kava took up residence in a local house of prostitution. Research for her role, of course. Eventually, the movie wrapped and the actress went home to New York. But Kava kept thinking about those women. The result is her first play, "The Early Girl," opening Saturday at the Back Alley. "I never met, never saw a client," she stressed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 2001 |
A man should stand trial for allegedly driving under the influence of kava tea, a panel of three San Mateo County judges has ruled. The decision overturns an earlier dismissal of charges against Sione Olive, 26, of Arizona. Olive drank 23 cups of kava tea--a relaxing elixir popular among people from the South Pacific--before climbing behind the wheel in June 2000.
March 4, 2002 |
Sometimes, disappointing news appears about a natural product that seems to benefit our health. Such is the case with kava, a herbal remedy sold in the United States as an alternative pain reliever, relaxation aid and memory enhancer. Recent reports from Germany and Switzerland suggest that kava may damage the liver.