Kaizi initially started selling coconuts in a local market. With enquiries regarding oil he decided to increase & build on the oil production which would later become a small family business. The products were successfully launched through the beautiful beach side market of Port Douglas and the Original Kuranda Markets nestled in the rain forest behind Cairns.
Kaizi recognises the invaluable advice and assistance given through the Regional Indigenous Development Program. He also acknowledges the support offered by family, friends and customers to continue sharing knowledge of the benefits coconut oil. His visions continue to fuel self determination for himself and his family.
Kapua Kaizi Gutchen
is the man behind the oil. Kapua, being his Indigenous Torres Strait Island given name and Kaizi being his nickname.
Kaizi has been passed the knowledge of making Coconut Oil the traditional way by his Mother. She had in turn been taught by her Grandmother, a native woman from Murray Island in the Torres Straits.
Kaizi appreciates and embraces much of his traditional ways. Sharing knowledge of traditional foods is a passion and believes that these foods have given him a strong physical constitution towards his 'way of being'. Coconut and all it's uses are strongly featured in Torres Strait Island cooking and through its use, Islanders understand why they consider it precious.