A KAVA Ceremony in Tonga
By the Rev. M.A. Rugby Pratt
[The writings of W. H. R. Rivers and others have raised the kava complex to a position of theoretical importance in the study of Polynesian ethnology. The following very detailed account of the ceremonial preparation of kava in the Tongan Group is, therefore, of great interest. Such a ceremonial as is here recorded is now rare in those islands, and many members of modern kava parties scarcely know the right positions to take up, much less the details of the ceremonial.---EDITOR. ]The ceremonial way of making kava is called milolua, a word that is also employed to describe one method of straining, or "clearing" the kava. The fact that on two occasions the full ceremony was carried through for my benefit was due to the circumstance that I was the guest of the Rev. J. B. Watkin, who, for fifty-six years has laboured as a missionary in the Friendly Islands, and won the fullest confidence and love of the Tongan people.