The Coconut Palm (Cocos nucifera) is South Pacific palm that grows up to 30 metres high (100 feet). It is a common tree and found all over the Tongan archipelago including coastlines as they are salt tolerant. In fact beaches and coconut palms is how many view the islands of the South Pacific.
Coconut palms are grown in plantations especially on the big island of Tongatapu. Most parts of palm are useful. The outer shell is used for fuel, in matting, and cut into shapes to be used as utensils. The trunk is used as timber and the leaves for thatching. The liquid inside a young coconut is consumed as a drink, and the flesh is eaten or used in cooking. Virtually every part of the coconut palm has some human use.