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Have You Seen This? Husking coconuts with your teeth

Posted May 15

There’s more than one way to husk a coconut, according to this video from the Polynesian Cultural Center. (Deseret Photo)

LAIE, Hawaii — There’s more than one way to skin a cat, and it turns out there’s more than one way to husk a coconut.

If you think opening a husked coconut is easy, you probably haven’t seen someone husk a coconut. They’re encased in a thick, fibrous outer shell that usually requires a sharp object and some level of strength and skill to get the blasted (and delicious) thing open.

If you have seen someone husk a coconut (perhaps at the Polynesian Cultural Center on Oahu where this video was filmed), you know the traditional way to open a coconut is on sharpened bamboo that’s secured in the ground.

It is an impressive feat, but it’s not quite as impressive as at least one other method.

In the video, Chief Kap Te'o-Tafiti in the Samoan Village at the PCC first husks a coconut in the traditional way, then he rips one apart using his teeth. Yes, his teeth. You think you’re not going to be that impressed but, trust me, you will be.

Of course, your watching experience will be more than just awe because Te'o-Tafiti is also funny and incredibly charming.

Reminder: Please don’t husk a coconut with your mouth, but please kiss your mother with that mouth, as today is Mother’s Day. (If you forgot, you’re welcome.)

Martha Ostergar is a writer who delights in the ridiculous that internet serves up, which means she's more than grateful that she gets to cruise the web for amazing videos to write about. Follow her on Twitter at @monstergar.

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