The Hala Tree is very distinctive looking. Growing up to 20 feet tall each tree has thick aerial roots that spread out into the ground. There are male and female versions of the Hala tree, the fronds of each have long bent leaves and the female produces an 8 inch pineapple looking fruit in the center of the fronds. It is best known, however, for the ancient and sophisticated craft of lauhala weaving. Modern day weavers have adapted their craft to a changing market in the west (purses, baskets, napkin holders, and place mats), but in the old days lauhala was used for canoe sails, wall thatch, window-shutters, roof lining, mats, and even for intricate garments and loin cloths. Check out Hana Picnic Co. for a selection of Lauhala products.