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How to make a coconut hand broom

Posted by Amota Eromanga on July 20, 2013 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Many homes in Kiribati have coconut hand brooms! Why? It’s simply because the item is very useful for keeping the inside of the houses clean as well as removing dust and dirt. Other uses of this broom (apart from sweeping) includes chasing off insects, selling, reaching and dragging far objects, decorations and can sometimes be used for whipping naughty kids at home :-)

Before we jump into the process of making this special type of broom, you may wonder why it is being c...

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How to extract coconut cream

Posted by Amota Eromanga on June 29, 2013 at 11:20 PM Comments comments (1)

Coconut cream is a milky liquid obtained from compressing (squeezing and twisting) grated meat of a mature coconut. Instantly on its own, it is pure, concentrated, thicker than normal liquid and milky in color. It is among very useful ingredients commonly used in cooking foods. It can also be turned into other utile products mainly oil for body and hair, cooking and lubrication.

Kiribati people often cook and/or add this cream to their local foods. It’s primarily bec...

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Coconut tree

Posted by Amota Eromanga on June 11, 2013 at 6:30 AM Comments comments (0)


The coconut tree is known to be growing well in the tropical islands of the Pacific. Here in Kiribati, they do grow well and are indeed making the islands easier to being spotted and seen away in the horizon. Without these trees, no doubt, the islands of Kiribati - which are no more than two meters above sea level – won’t be seen so easily from the distance. In fact and as many may not aware of, the leaves of the coconut wave the first welcome as well as the last...

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Taboo - Disturbing canoe props

Posted by Amota Eromanga on November 23, 2012 at 8:40 PM Comments comments (0)

'Taboo' is known to be something culturally forbidden to either say, use or do. Kiribati has unique taboos which people likely begin learning from their early ages.

The particular taboo discussed here is one that prohibits I-Kiribati from touching or moving the props of a fishing canoe while its owner is away fishing in the ocean. Props are indeed wood or other similar materials used to comfortably rest the bottom part of the canoe when it is on land. The Kiribati word for th...

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How to crack a coconut

Posted by Amota Eromanga on November 8, 2012 at 3:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Coconut is among the fruits that stores its tasty meat and juice inside a hard shell.

So if you want to get the meat, juice or cream, you must first get the coconut. You can get one from the tree or buy it from places that sell them. If the one you get is straight from the tree, then you need to remove the husk first. If you don’t know how to remove the husk, don’t worry as we have an article on

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Parts of the Kiribati canoe

Posted by Amota Eromanga on August 30, 2012 at 2:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Hopefully you have arrived at this page because you want to know the names and locations of almost all different and distinctive parts of the Kiribati canoe. If so, then you have come to the right spot as here, the names, locations and purposes of the canoe parts have all been listed down - so that you know exactly where and why they are on the canoe.

The information has been organised with the help of the table below. In the first column of the table, you will find the K...

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Toddy knife

Posted by Amota Eromanga on August 28, 2012 at 6:25 AM Comments comments (2)

“Hey, that’s the toddy knife, leave it!” This phrase is commonly heard at homes. It’s indeed what toddy cutters usually say (warn) when they see anybody taking their toddy knife for other uses.

A toddy knife, by its name, is a knife used mainly for cutting toddy. Yet this knife should have been thoroughly sharpened so it cuts the tip of the spathe smoothly. Blunt is the worst enemy of this particular knife. Toddy cutters won’t cut toddy with a b...

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How to husk a coconut - brown or green

Posted by Amota Eromanga on August 26, 2012 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (0)

I couldn’t remember how old I was when I first started learning coconut husking. It could have been started by watching my father (and people around the community I grew up in) husking the coconuts. However, I could only be sure that it happened when I was quite a young boy – my mother would ask me to husk coconuts for her cooking mostly.

The skill is not hard as to what some people might have thought of. Thus I agree that it requires a little 'power' but most of all ‘...

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How to make a coconut broom with a stick handle

Posted by Amota Eromanga on August 26, 2012 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (0)

The coconut broom is one of the very important items in the homes of IKiribati. A home without a broom means people clean around their houses by picking rubbish with their hands or they have a dirty surrounding. The broom we will be dealing with in this blog is one that has a stick handle. Making a broom of this kind is as easy as writing 1, 2 and 3 :-)

Things Needed:

i. veins (middle fiber) of coconut leaflets

ii. string (about 10 meters lo...

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Toddy information

Posted by Amota Eromanga on August 23, 2012 at 2:30 AM Comments comments (2)

What is toddy?

Toddy is the name of the sap that drips from the spathe of the coconut tree. It is sweet and tasty when it is fresh. It has been the source of drink for the people of Kiribati. People boil extra toddy to avoid it from fermenting or turning sour. If toddy is boiled for hours, it will finally turn into syrup, thus they call it kamwaimwai.

Uses of toddy

A lot of people use their extra toddy to earn money. They sell toddy especially...

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