When island dope just got put on the market so many people lashed at the name. In Samoa strong kava is called dope... So what if krunk has a throw back to alcohol. Same as so what island dope is a name of a kava blend.Really love what you said here about the pacific island themed kava bars. I think it's a really difficult line to toe -- on one hand you want to celebrate their culture and the root they've shared with us; on the other hand you don't want to offend or make light of by misusing pacific icons or words. Personally, I think we can benefit more from adopting, or at least partially adopting, their traditions rather than making our own. The reason I love the traditions on the islands is that they create community and instill values of peace that is often missing from American culture. We could learn a lot from them.
I do think though, that the idea of kava has benefited me immensely, potentially more-so than the root itself. It's helped me to take a step back in life by learning to assess my moods proactively rather than reactively, to become close friends with many folks on the forums and in person, and has helped give me a bit of solace whenever I need it. Just the ritual alone of squeezing a bag of kava is somewhat religious to me, as a time to reflect and not be affected by outside influences. There's no anxiety for me that there is for so many of our neighbors like, "Am I drinking too much?", "Will I become addicted?", "Will I throw my life away for a substance?", "How will this affect my family?". Kava, its prep, and the community has been a constant source of calm in a sea of chaos that is the world, and for that I think it needs a different respect that mainstream American culture just doesn't quite get.
Thanks for sharing your opinion, @_byron . Would love to hear more about why you think we should create our own kava culture.
Our own kava culture needs to be tied to our traditions and practices. We are not being inaugurated into a culture by just drinking kava.
An example of this would be if I opened an African restaurant in Minneapolis, and themed it all as if I was from the culture not just offering foods from there in a modern setting. If I was serving African food and themed the restaurant traditionally..... I think you could imagine the outlash.
That being said I do agree with your outlook as well. I think maintaining some traditions is healthy, and appropriate but should be adopted to fit the U.S. culture. Hence why I think krunk is okay.