The totokia was called the "pineapple club" because of the spiked ball behind the weapon's beak. The name is a misnomer; the shape actually is modeled after that of the fruit of the pandanus.
The spike ("beak") and head of the weapon were used to puncture the skull of the enemy and crush the head. In addition to its functional use as a weapon of war, totokia were also status symbols.
Several museums hold totokia in their collection, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, the Peabody Essex Museum of Salem, Massachusetts, the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology of the University of Cambridge, the Menil Collection in Houston, Texas, and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.
The totokia was featured as a melee weapon in the first-person shooter video game Battlefield 1. It was classified as a club weapon, and thus had medium damage and medium range.
- George Cameron Stone, A Glossary of the Construction, Decoration, and Use of Arms and Armor in All Countries and in All Times: Together with Some Closely Related Subjects. Southwork Press, Portland, Maine 1934, p. 184.
- Eric Kjellgren, How to Read Oceanic Art (Metropolitan Museum of Art/Yale University Press, 2014), p. 153.
- Ron Ewins, "The Perils of Ethnographic Provenance: The Documentation of the Johnson Fiji Collection in the South Australian Museum" in Hunting the Collectors: Pacific Collections in Australian Museums (eds. Susan Cochrane & Max Quanchi: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007), p. 62.
- Club (totokia), Accession Number 2009.2748, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
- Club (Totokia), Accession Number:1979.206.1401, Metropolitan Museum of Art.
- Object: Totokia (club), Registration number OL000130.S/1, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.
- Totokia (beaked battle-hammer club), 1823, Peabody Essex Museum.
- Club Z 3097, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.
- "Club (Totokia) - The Menil Collection - The Menil Collection". The Menil Collection. Retrieved 28 April 2017.
- Club (totokia), Registration No.: B55.02.0552, Museums in Israel–the National Portal.
- Bruno Claessens, George Lucas’ “Star Wars” and Oceanic art, BrunoClaessens.com (23 July 2015).