De Kei Islands
The Kei-islands (also known as the Kai-islands) are a group of islands in the south-eastern part of the Indonesian group of island, the Moluccas (Moluccas province) and have a total surface of 1438 square kilometres. The most prominent islands of the group are Kai Besar and Kai Kecil. The highest point is the mountain of Gunun Daab on Kai Besar, which is 900 metres high.
Kai Kecil (Small or Low Kei, in the local language Ewavs called: Nuhu Roa)
Kai Besar (Large Kei, in the locale laguange Ewavs called: Nuhu Yut) basically consists of four goups:
On the northern and southern parts of Kei Besar, there is a large strip of coral formation, completely the samen as the one on Kei Kecil. This island consists of heavy mountain ground and forms one chain of mountains. The most prominent mountain tops are at a hight of 900 metres. According to ancient sources, Kei Besar consisted of seven districts: Waaijer, Elat, Nirun, Fer, Jamtil, Eil and Watlaar.
According to ancient sources, the Portuguese people gave the name to this archipelago because of the rock-like bottom (kayos means stone, rock of cliff). The orginal inhabitants speak of ‘ewav’, meaning ‘wood’ (e of ai) and ‘pig’ (wav).