Kayeli was one of the few villages on the island of Buru that had surrendered to the Company. Most of the villages on Buru belonged to the realm of the king of Ternate. Since clove cultivation on Buru was limited, Kayeli was of strategic rather than commercial value.
- Wall, V.I. van de, De Nederlandsche oudheden in de Molukken (Den Haag, 1928)