Kava Bar in Sola, Vanua Lava
This Kava Bar is run by Lilian, Jimmy's mother
Jimmy works on his grandfather Norman's Kava plantation. This involves an hour or two's walk to where the plants are cultivated. The whole plant is harvested because the roots are used. New plants are grown from cuttings, which strike easily in the tropical climate. Each afternoon, Kava is prepared fresh from the day's harvest, and sold in various Kava Bars along the street. Everyone gathers in these bars for an hour or two each afternoon, before dinner. The atmosphere in the bars is quiet and low key, and it is a real "chilling out" time before dinner.
Jimmy's Kava plantation. The soil is so friable, little more than a digging stick is needed.
New plants are grown from cuttings. They are 2 - 4 years old before harvesting.
Tom, Bernie and Charles were welcomed to Sola by 'the Diocese' with a formal Kava ceremony.
Later, they had "takeaways" which they drank in their wineglasses in Lilian's dining area.