Hawaiian mythology relates how this handsome plant with it's spirally arranged tufted leaves, stilted like roots and pineapple like fruits, brought to Hawaii centuries ago by seafarers it has been utilised and loved for centuries by the Pacific people. Every part of the tree provides materials for housing, food, medicine, ornaments, fishing, religion, and folklore. Today it graces coastlines gardens and office buildings throughout Hawaii. Leaves of the lauhala are the most requested foliage greenery in the flower trade. Locals sometimes jokingly refer it's fruit as tourist pineapples. Very hardy in tropical and semi tropical gardens to 32'F !
( Lauhala )