Untitled (Stori Blo Marawaka)
Untitled (Stori blo Marawaka) 2008
Acrylic on Canvas 85 x 90
Apa is one of Moresby’s most prolific artists. He first moved to Port Moresby in the late 1980s, where he was taught to paint by the late Mathias Kauage OBE. Apa was adopted by Kauge as his son and for a while was known as Kauge Mathias. Today he does not paint under the Kauage name.
Apa is best known for his colourful works featuring the birds and animals of PNG. He can usually be found selling these beautiful works outside the Holiday Inn in Port Moresby or at the Ela Beach Markets.
The Kava Story…..well at least a small part of it!
Kava (piper methysticum) is a shrub that grows across the Pacific region. Noble kava has been cultivated by Pacific people of hundreds of years to possess higher levels of the beneficial kavalactones, the chemical compounds naturally found in kava plants responsible for most of the desirable effects of kava and only trace amounts (low enough to avoid toxicity) of flavokavains, which are harmful to liver and bladder health. Clever eh?!
It is non-alcoholic, non-opioid, and non-hallucinogenic.
Kava plays a central role in the social and ceremonial lives of many Pacific islanders and has done so for hundreds of years. Kava preparation traditionally includes grinding, grating or pounding the roots of the plant and then infusing with water. Kava drinkers appreciate the pleasant, warm, cheerful and relaxed feeling it provides.
These are exciting days for kava growers in the Pacific and for kava drinkers in Australia. We’re proud to be part of it as a way of building stronger and enduring connections between Australia and the Pacific.