Kava, a traditional beverage made from water and the ground root of the pepper plant, is served at special gatherings. Guests are welcomed to a village with a kava ceremony. And at important events, such as a meeting of chiefs or a wedding, kava is always served. On Turtle Island you will experience the kava ceremony on Wednesday evenings, and you’ll have a chance to enjoy kava with the staff on evenings as well. After the ceremony, much laughter, singing and socializing happens around the kava bowl. Our distinctive bowl, lovingly tended for years and called a tanoa, is a hand-carved turtle.