Pohnpei sakau, a variant of the Micronesian kava, comes from the pounded roots of the kava or sakau plant. Known for its narcotic effects, sakau is a drink derived by the thorough pounding of the roots of the kava pepper plant using basalt stones and rocks. The mixture is then added to the sap from the bark of hibiscus plant, creating a thick, brown liquid. Many island farmers earn their income from the Phonpei sakau, harvesting them from nearby plantations to be sold at the local sakau market.
The people of Pohnpei considers the kava plant as a sacred and essential part of their culture; the Pohnpei sakau playing a major part in the locals’ festivities, social functions and sacred rituals. During ceremonial feasts, sakau drinking, or attending “Sakau” is highly anticipated and is often held after sunset. Tourists and locals can share a drink of sakau from a common coconut cup and enjoy a peaceful night of celebration. For events such as these, one can consume a sakau cup directly from the stone or in milder, bottled versions like those sold in sakau markets. Around the island, numerous markets and stores can be found offering a variety of sakau ranging from the hardcore, thick stone-brew to the thin and watered down concoctions.
Although almost all places on earth celebrate and gather around a drink, attending sakau night in Pohnpei is truly a one of a kind experience for visitors. A warm night thrumming with the pounding of sakau roots, shared drinking and the idle chatter of the people create a seductive atmosphere that is certainly one of the highlights of experiencing this unique Pohnpeian culture.
Experience Stunning Pohnpei from the Balconies of the Ocean View Plaza Hotel
Pohnpei, the capital and largest island state of the Federated States Micronesia, is home to world-class dive sites and verdant landscapes. The island’s unspoilt beauty attracts a variety of tourists around the world, allowing them to experience one of the last, true paradises on earth.
Unpack your bags and take a breath of genuine fresh air from the balconies of one of Pohnpei’s star accommodations, the Ocean View Plaza Hotel. Strategically situated on top of a summit, the hotel provides a sweeping view of Pohnpei’s seascape and mountains.
With the choice of getting either an ocean or mountain view, guests can opt for rooms at the East and West Wings of the hotel, or go for the more spacious apartment type rooms. Each apartment unit houses two bedrooms, includes a private balcony, bath and an equipped kitchenette for longer staying guests. The Ocean View Plaza Hotel offers reasonable rates considering its many services and amenities which include private tours of the island, car rentals, laundry services, boutiques, and a dedicated gas station.
Guests can take a breather from the exciting outdoor activities and relax in the hotel’s dining balcony and bar, sample both local and western cuisine from the buffet or simply enjoy the live entertainment. The hotel is also a short distance from downtown Kolonia so getting there is easy. Arrange for a guide service at the front desk and the hotel’s friendly staff would be more than willing to set up a guided tour of the island. From the hotel, guests can then make a trip to the many reef dive sites, trekking trails, sakau markets, and the famous Nan Madol ruins.
Whether you’re looking for relaxation, nightlife, or adventure, a stay at the Ocean View Plaza Hotel will certainly make your Pohnpei holiday a comfortable and stress-free affair.