BREAKING: A copy of the trademark has been shared with me (below), confirming that the word “Bula” has now been trademarked to one man. The intention is for other people to not be able to use the word “Bula” – a Fijian greeting – in the names of their bars and potentially their vending operations.


It has come to my attention that the owner of “Bula on the Beach,” Ross Kashtan, has decided to TRADEMARK the Fijian word “Bula.”

This is completely unacceptable appropriation of another culure’s language. It reeks of colonialism and piracy.

I have verified that he has been granted the trademark by the US Government. Here is a post on Facebook from the group ‘Awa Koa ‘Awa Strong concerning the issue:

41767646_527877647625810_394497900098355200_n.jpgBoycott, protest, spread the word. Let the good people of the Pacific know that this guy is trying to trademark their language.



Why do people go to Kava bars?

To drink Kava and get away from the type of vile people we commonly associate with booze bars.

I unequivocally condemn misogyny, transphobia, and homophobia. Please do not patronize Kava bars that preach hate, and proactively condemn those that do.



BULA kava fans!  Hope you all enjoy watching this vid as much as we all did putting it together.  As I grew up with the growing mainland U.S. kava culture over the years, I’ve had the pleasure of introducing a many people to my favorite root.  It can be difficult getting into it, and I’d bet a lot of that is because some of the context is difficult to translate into the cultures where it is imported.   I say this with some reservation since I admit the most kava ingrained culture I’ve ever experienced is South Florida 🙂

Kava.  This stuff is great.  Some have found it useful as medicine.  Some drink it in place of alcohol, tobacco, or other vices they would rather avoid.  There is more to it though.  I want to look at what kava represents intrinsically.

I put together a this little project to really try and convey the whole package.   It’s sitting back, letting those eyes hang low, and listening to the subtle sounds of lovely contentment.

The bowl, the shells, the friends, the environment all contribute good vibes to the session.  Its a much more powerful feeling with others around to share it.  Krunk beget krunk.

Heres the link to the mix used in this this vid, curtesy of Nick, one of the co-stars.  |  |