May 1, 2019

Our Story

Aloha! We're Glad You're Here!

We are proud to be connected and engaged with a like-minded community of fellow optimists and stress-rejectors, in finding  new solutions to deal with life’s hard knocks.

OUR MISSION:

Ozia Originals mission is to develop and deliver high quality, effective herbal remedies to enhance our quality of life and help alleviate the hard-knocks of our customers day.

Back to the Beginning: Curiosity + Kava

The kava plant grows in western Pacific islands, including Fiji, Polynesia, and Hawaii. For more than 3,000 years, the kava plant’s roots have been used to make a drink that has sedative and anesthetic effects but it’s flavor is rather unappealing.  In 2006, in a small studio next to the University of Hawaii, Steve George, our founder, pursued his curiosity about kava, and ended up with a business venture that has helped thousands better deal with life’s drama.

Much like a home brewer toils and tinkers with his ale, Steve researched ingredients, methods, and flavor combinations. The result: several new flavored kava drinks, which he initially shared with friends and family. He even experimented with carbonation — kava drinks are not traditionally carbonated.  “It was fun to try unconventional things to make the beverage both effective and great-tasting,” said George.  In 2007, he entered Awa2O — one of his favorite kava concoctions — into Oahu’s Kava Festival. It won the People’s Choice Award. In 2008, George entered his latest concoction, which incorporated three natural herbs (including kava). And he won yet another award. The award-winning invention was then bottled and sold to independent retailers on Oahu, Maui, and the Big Island, and also shipped to the mainland.

The early batches were produced entirely by hand in a commercial kitchen in Kalihi. This labor of love included measuring, heating, mixing, pasteurizing, filling, capping, cooling, labeling, and boxing … whew!  Ironically, it was a stressful start to building a business intended to reduce stress!  “With our lives getting more stressful every day, I saw the need for a functional on-the-go product that can help us cope with our stressful lives,” George explained.

Fast forward to 2012. After continued experimentation with kava, George was successful in creating the first and only Kava candy, developed to help relieve stress at work. In 2013, he went to market with its patented Kava Kava Candy, and now offers the candy in convenient blister packaging that ships worldwide. As of 2016, we have produced and shipped more than a million pieces of Kava Kava Candy to more than 30 countries on six different continents!

We continue to expand our product line, looking to possibly help alleviate life’s stress-related ailments, aches and pains*.

Steve George
Owner
Aiea, Hawaii   96701

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  Not recommended for children, pregnant or nursing women. If taking medication please consult your physician before use.


*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Not recommended for children, pregnant or nursing women. If taking medication please consult your physician before use.