Kaleve (toddy) preparation

Toddy cutting and preparation was learned from Gilbertese (Kiribati) people who were brought to Sikaiana in the 1800s. The process of fermentation was also learned from them. A sprout of the coconut tree is prepared and then must be tapped twice a day, both to collect the sap and to cut the tip of the sprout so that it does not turn hard and stop producing sap. The sap can be used to make molasses, candy or fermented alcohol.