Coconut Husking – A Guam Competitive Sport ( Kind Of)



In Guam, coconut husking is a rite of passage for young men.  Your uncle or dad or grandpa conjoles you into doing it to make you think like you are the man.   Actually, they get you to do it so they won’t have to do it themselves.  All they want to do is sit on the side and play cards and eat their pugua ( betel nut).

It is also a competition at certain village fiestas once in a while.  I posted this video to emphasize the point.  It is serious competition especially if you are drinking a Budweiser.

2 thoughts on “Coconut Husking – A Guam Competitive Sport ( Kind Of)

  1. Cool! I remember learning how to do this when we lived near Inarajan. We’d attend the fiestas of Merizo, Umatac, Inarajan, Malojloj, Talofofo, and Agat… and enjoy the coconut husking competitions! (We’d also enjoy the tuba-drinking competitions… but that’s another story!) Thanks for the cool video and bringing back fond memories!

    Dankulo na si yu’us ma’ase!


  2. Hafa Adai JP. Thank you for posting this. It has been many years since I’ve seen it done. My father was from Guam. And he used to use one of those things (sorry, I don’t know the name) that you sit on to grate the coconut. I have been trying to describe it to my husband. And here it is!

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