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COMING SPRING 2023

Old Root, Vol. 1: Kava in Hawai‘i

The story of Hawai‘i can't be told without kava — known to Hawaiians as ‘awa — and the story of kava can’t be told without Hawai‘i.

To better share the story of Hawai‘i and its thirteen unique cultivars of ‘awa, the Nothing Special Presents team created OLD ROOT, Vol. 1, a kava table book for the kava-curious and kava enthusiast alike.

OLD ROOT, Vol. 1 is a culmination of three weeks documenting stories told by ‘awa cultural practitioners, growers, experts, and aficionados on the islands of Hawai‘i, O‘ahu, and Moloka‘i.

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164 pages, color.
Printed in Vancouver by Hemlock Printers.
Certified carbon neutral by offsetters.
Recycled 70 lb. paper, 30% PCW FSC Mix.

Editor-in-Chief: Alexander Russell
Creative Director: Ryan Heape
Editorial Director: Emily Sefcik
Associate Editor: Dan Kreilkamp
Chief Photographer: Henry Maillet
Cultural Editor: Maka‘ala Rawlins
Contributing Editor: Ed Johnston
Junior Editor: Lauren Whitlock
Distribution & Partnerships: Lane McCaslin

Contributors:
Chris Allen
JD Baker
Tyler Gaumond
Courtney Hopkins
Laurent Olivier
Tiphaine Olivier
Tin Tran

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