ʻawa or kava is a relaxing, non-alcoholic beverage made from the root of the kava plant, it's popular in the Pacific islands. https://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/10-facts-to-know-about-kava/
'Awa taste like dirty water, which is not unusual, especially since it is made from a root. When the root is chewed, as opposed to boiled, it increases in potency and its narcotic tendencies come through. It is not unusual to have a 3 or 4 day bender, drinking only water, after chewing this root. Im sure it could hurt you if yoj are unskilled in its use. Handle with care or better yet... walk away.