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Have You Seen This? Husking coconuts with your teeth
Theres more than one way to husk a coconut, according to this video from the Polynesian Cultural Center. - photo by Martha Ostergar
LAIE, Hawaii Theres more than one way to skin a cat, and it turns out theres more than one way to husk a coconut.

If you think opening a husked coconut is easy, you probably havent seen someone husk a coconut. Theyre 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 thats secured in the ground.

It is an impressive feat, but its 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 youre 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 dont husk a coconut with your mouth, but please kiss your mother with that mouth, as today is Mothers Day. (If you forgot, youre welcome.)
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