At the Kava House, it is the people that count!
We have invested in our team by giving team members opportunities to grow professionally, take care of themselves, each other, their families and make a difference in serving our customers and communities.
- Career – We support our team with opportunities to learn, as well as earn. Every time member is empowered to do their best work and we support their career journey by finding new growth opportunities, wherever the journey might lead
- Care – Every single member of our team is family and we believe that taking care means investing in one’s whole self, both inside and outside of work. Our dedication is not just enhancing the well-being of the team, but their families too.
- Community – Coming together extends beyond our Kava House. We also care for our village, our islands and our nation of Vanuatu. We do it to encourage the best in each other and because we believe that everyone has something to contribute.
What sets Kava House apart from our competition is our people and their passion for providing top quality Vanuatu Kava product range accompanied with the best customer service.
We aspire to promote Vanuatu’s noble kava varieties by setting high standards of product finishing, quality control and service delivery to our local and international customers.
Most of our employees originate from Mele and a handful from outer islands. Vanuatu being relatively new to manufacturing and product handling, ongoing training and education is paramount. Employees from outer islands come from main kava producing islands in the condition they acquire knowledge on kava processing to enhance their understanding of our products and upon return to their homes, they can further train farmers on how to improve their produce yields.
We also endeavour to provide a platform for our female staff to be represented within the organisation. From its early days till present, there is now approximately forty percent female representation in our team who are involved in grading, cleaning and packaging of kava processing.
Our premises are located on Efate, along Mele Road just outside of Mele Village. Located on less than 2 acres of land, the grounds have a warehouse housing offices and storage. There are two solar driers at the entrance of the building. The water supply structure includes a ultra-violet water system for treatment of water at kava washing. An artery contains mini staff facilities complete with a nakamal as a resting hut.The warehouse contains two offices, a retail shop and a mezzanine floor for extra storage. The large parking area caters for movement of shipping containers for goods to be exported overseas.
Open Mon-Fri: 8am-4pm
Closed on Sat/Sun & Public Holidays unless on special request
Our Vision: The Kava House aspires to source top quality Kava produce that is organically grown from indigenous Vanuatu farmers, processed, packaged and delivered by local staff with top customer care service to the domestic and global market.
Our Mission: At The Kava House, we strive to be Vanuatu’s premier Kava producer in the market, sourcing top quality dried Kava that is organically grown in the volcanic islands by providing farmers with Kava plant education and general business management skills. We encourage farmers to remain on their island of origin and cultivate their land for cash crops such as kava while we support them with ongoing advise and expertise.
The National Kava Strategy of Vanuatu indicates that the main elements affecting the kava sector are quality and quantity. Over 74% of the Vanuatu households live in rural areas More than 80% of the population rely on agriculture for daily subsistence and wellbeing .
A nakamal is traditionally a meeting place where the chief and his people gather for meetings, feasting and festivities. A nakamal or nasara in Efatese is a representation of a tribal meeting place. In modern day this is commonly referred to where kava is commonly drank. The kava nakamal recapitulates in an urban setting some of the traditional forms and manners of kava drinking.
The Kava House is run by the King family of Mele Village bringing three generations of the family line into kava production. The Kava House is family owned and operated.All our staff hails from Mele Village along with casual staffing from our main kava producing outer islands who come in for apprenticeship to further improve their understanding on kava processing.
Mauriki Football Club
More than half of our staff are youths from the Mauriki Football Club of Mele Village. Currently in the second division of the Port Vila Football Association, Main aims of our support is to provide programs and activities for aspiring youths to participate in football.
We help promote good sportsmanship through team work and discipline by encourage talents and skills of youngsters from mixed heritage. In so doing, we empower players through leadership and management. This support is reciprocated for the women’s team as well.
House of Refuge Incorporation
We support the Vanuatu House of Refuge Ministries who have establishments in Mele, Erakor and Pango Village on the South of Efate and a mission in Malekula in Warlep Village. The ministry’s primary goal is to provide guidance and directives for spiritual well being. In the process providing programs for youths to be engaged in capacity building activities for inspiration and empowerment. Other activities for women include physical activities for healthy lifestyle and reduction of Non-Communicable Disease. There have been Financial Literacy and Business Management for self reliance and independence. There are programs for Men, Women and Youth Groups all over Vanuatu and an annual conference bringing in members from Australia and New Zealand. Its main headquarters are situated in Mele Village.