Kava has a long history in Vanuatu. It is a drink made from the pepper
plant that contains a mildly intoxicating drug. A nakamal is an area
where the men from a village gather to drink kava after a working day.
Held under a large tree or ‘lean to’, the men from the village gather to
talk about current issues.
Often, the chief will use this time to mediate and/or make judgement
on village disputes. This method of mediation and reconciliation -
if an issue has reached a high level of conflict - has led to Vanuatu being very peaceful, especially compared to its Melanesian neighbours