The coconut tree can be used for several things other than just eating the coconut. The sap of the tree, or the todi, can be used for several purposes such as squash or alcohol, you can cook it and make syrup or you can use it instead of milk or instead of yeast. The coconut milk and the todi are essential ingredients in Tuvaluan cooking. Syrup is, for example, the traditional source of sugar, a commodity that Tuvaluans did not have access to before the British entered the island state.
So, to get this handy coconut sap, you will have to cut one of the branches. Then, hang a small leaf that leads the sap down the bottleneck. The bottle will fill up within one day. A good Tuvaluan husband is someone that knows how to cut the branch, so that you can get a lot of todi.