This South Pacific islands native shrub has been propagated by 3,000 years of Micronesian, Polynesian, Melanesian, and Hawaiian natives. Its scientific name is Piper methysticum. Kava is known for being a good, non-intoxicating, alternative to alcohol and cannabis that calms the body and eases feelings of anxiety, stress, and restlessness. Although kava has a reverse tolerance once your body recognizes kava it takes about 10 to 15 minutes to work and can last 4 to 6 hours. Over the last ten years, the popularity of kava has been increasing worldwide as more and more people discover the benefits it can bring. Numerous kava bars have opened all around the U.S. The main hub for kava bars is St. Petes, Florida, with Florida, as a state, leading the country in kava bars.
Imperial serves three different strains of Kava
Lahui - Relaxes Mind
Kavas with higher concentrations of such kavalactones as kavain and
yangonin (mostly those with numbers 4 and 3 closer to the left of their chemotype) tend to produce more heady/cerebral, uplifting and cheerful effects. In general, heady kavas are good for day-time drinking as they keep your mind not just relaxed but also quite clear and alert. Heady kavas have more effects on your mind than on your body. They promote a gentle sense of well-being, contentment and happy unconcern. They are great for stressful situations and creative work. Such kavas are also good for social gatherings and parties as they encourage conversations and camaraderie.
Koa - Relaxes Body
Kavas with higher concentrations of the heavier kavalactones, namely
dihydrokavain, dihydromethysticin and methysticin, (i.e. those with 2, 6 and 5 closer to the left, with 2 and 6 being far more desirable than 5) are considered "heavier" kavas. They are known to be more sedating and to be able to produce more effects on your body (the so-called
"body-melting" effect) than on your mind. In general, they tend to promote much deeper relaxation and sedation. Their taste is often a bit more bitter and their effects longer-lasting than those of the headier kavas. They are generally better for night-time drinking and not ideal for socializing or creative work.
Ohana - Relaxes Mind & Body
Balanced kavas offer a good balance of the two types of effects. As such, these are the most versatile and popular kavas. Depending on dosage, they are used for both day-time and night-time drinking and are considered to be great for both beginners and those experienced drinkers who enjoy the full spectrum of beautiful kava effects.
First you welcome the island spirits by clapping your hands above our coconut shells of kava, Then we chant, ‘Bula!,’ which means ‘life’ or ‘to live,’ and we toss it back. When we’re done, we clap twice more and then sit back and relax.
Great prices, great people, can’t wait for the kava bar and hookah side to be done! Gonna be a great place to bring friends and have a good time!
Very Cosy and relaxing vibes. Tea is premium quality and superb. Staff phenomenal and music quality is second to none. Prince is very compassionate and attends to your needs with utmost humility and great conversationalist. Will definitely recommend this spot for friends and family who are willing to have a real Kava bar experience beach side.
We love coming to Imperial to watch the ping pong games and get special treats! The kava cocktails are amazing and the atmosphere is even better😃
Best kava bar ever been to in my life and the service is the best!!!!i love the place, love the vibe ALOHA
The owner is awesome! My friend and I were the first to smoke hookah and it was the best hookah ever. Definitely will be my new hangout spot!!
Awesome spot! Prince & Zoey were awesome hosts. They place is a great size with a relaxing atmosphere. I rarely write reviews, but I can't stop thinking about this place! Will be visiting again soon