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What’s Taki Mai? you might ask. Excellent question. It offers help, so you can handle your everyday stresses.

In Fiji, we’re experts in dealing with these everyday stresses, and have been for centuries. Fiji is known as the calmest place on earth for more than the beaches. It’s also the kava, the local “muddy water” beverage we use to calm, soothe and get rid of the daily stuff –– deadlines, meetings, bills, parking tickets, you name it –– that can stress us out.

Taki Mai is absolutely loaded with kava. Our new 3-oz. shot comes in four irresistible, tropical flavors. Pop the cap and down one ASAP. And start feeling the well-being, tranquility and serenity only kava can make you feel.

coconut

COCONUT

Kick back with coconut to cool any heated anxieties.

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Pineapple

Citrusy flavors of pineapple help sweeten any stress.

guava

Guava

Calming guava will unwind any tightly wound tensions.

chocolate-banana

Chocolate Banana

Rich chocolate complements sweet banana to soothe everyday agitation.

What is Kava, Anyway?

WHERE IT COMES FROM

Kava is common around the Pacific and comes from the local Yaqona plant. So, it’s totally natural, nothing artificial. In Fiji, we discovered this over a thousand years ago when “artificial” didn’t even exist, yet.

HOW IT'S MADE

Our ancestors figured out, if you take the roots, dry them in the Fiji sunshine, pound it into a powder and mix the powder in water, it makes a nifty presentation in a half coconut shell. (No paper umbrella necessary. Straw optional.)

WHAT'S IN IT

The roots of every kava plant contain an active ingredient called kavalactones. We choose kava plants with really high concentrations of kavalactones. And only the right kavalactones to make you feel the world is a wonderful place.

WHAT IT DOES

Crack open a bottle of Taki Mai. Any flavor will do. When you drink, your lips and tongue will feel a slight numbing effect. All to be expected. Then comes the calm. Ahhhhhhhhhhhh. Thank you, Taki Mai.

42%

of adults say their stress has increased

Stress in America™, 2013 by American Psychological Association

60%

say managing stress is important

Stress in America™, 2013 by American Psychological Association

35%

say they’re managing it well

Stress in America™, 2013 by American Psychological Association

44%

report they aren’t doing enough to manage their stress

Stress in America™, 2013 by American Psychological Association

Stress is impacting your personal and professional lives.
(As if you didn’t know.)

OUR STORY

Our story begins in Fiji, on the island of Ovalau, and the town of Levuka. Just picture the scene: perpetual paradise everyday.

An honors student, named Zane, spent every day after school, around the tanoa (a big kava bowl) passing half-coconut shells of kava, with his friends. While Zane saw the popularity of energy shots, he wondered about the opposite –– getting calm.
His dream was to share kava with everyone. He named his new kava shot Taki Mai, which, in Fiji, means “Serve me now.” We built specially-designed kava farms in Fiji, and hired local, indigenous Fijians with the experience and knowledge to grow the highest quality kava.
Our kava farms are run ethically and sustainably. We provide our Fijian farmers with steady income and add to community development. We wanted to do the right thing for Fiji.
We take out our tanoa bowl, mix up the kava and sit in a circle, sharing stories and building friendships. We look at it this way –– kava bonds people and our entire society.

Kava Heritage

The story of kava, in Fiji, goes back for thousands of years. So it’s no surprise that it is pretty important in our history and culture.

Discovery

If you remember your grade school history, you learned about explorers like Columbus and Magellan. There was another explorer named Captain Cook who explored the South Pacific. He claimed to “discover” kava in 1778.

To us in Fiji, this is hilarious. Fijians had already discovered kava and were drinking it for over 1,000 years before Captain Cook was even born.

Spiritual Powers

During all those centuries, Fijians thought kava was so special, we reserved it for chiefs and priests.

They also used kava to connect with the spiritual world in certain, special rituals.

Ceremonial

In Fiji, kava has been used as part of healing ceremonies. Which is no surprise, because you have to admit, it makes everyone feel better.

It’s also been used in marriage ceremonies. You feel impossibly calm, totally un-stressed and without so much as a wrinkle on your wedding day. Even that’s possible with kava.

Today

In Fiji, we also use kava to greet honored guests --– clap your hands and say, “Bula!” (meaning, hello, love and more) and swallow in one gulp.

It’s wonderful to help your guests feel calm, serene and happy the moment they sit down. Now, THAT is Fijian hospitality.

THE KAVA EXPERTS

We want Taki Mai to be the best kava shot possible. So to us, the following somewhat technical info is, perhaps, the most exciting part. But we understand if it’s information-overload, so feel free to move along.

Scientific Research

We did some high-level research working with the University of the South Pacific.

We wanted to find the specific plant variety (a.k.a., cultivar) of the kava plant that offers the kavalactones with the most soothing effect.

WHAT WE LEARNED

The research not only determined the perfect plant variety, but also identified a “water extraction process,” which is extremely close to the traditional, Fijian way of making kava.

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SAFETY RESEARCH

We contacted Dr. Jerome Sarris, of the Department of Psychiatry at the Universityof Melbourne. Dr. Sarris conducted an entire series of clinical trials. This testing determined kava’s efficacy and safety while making clinical recommendations.

IMPORTANT RESULTS

The results of the research on kava, led by Dr. Sarris, revealed significantly reduced symptoms of anxiety in his subjects. And no considerable adverse reactions that could be attributed to kava. These results are published in the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology.

Taki Mai Inside --– Our Branded Kava As Ingredient

The high quality kava cultivars we grow, harvest and process, are among the most consistent and finest in the world, with few, if any, who can achieve kava at this level. We maintain a desirable chemotype profile. And our manufacturing process includes a cold water extraction process of rhizomes, adhering to the traditional and safest method, to yield a dry powder.

Whether for use in capsules, for teas, other beverages, chocolate or other foods, Taki Mai branded milled kava is packed in two-kilo bags. We are happy to spread our good fortune and good kava.

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