The hala tree is a very important tree to the Hawaiians who used it in numerous ways and can be found throughout the Pacific. The Hawaiians used the entire tree in a variety of ways. The leaves are woven into hats, mats and roofing materials. The segments of the fruit were used as paint brushes and for food. Leis have been made with the individual sections of the fruit and the wood of the tree has been used to create water pipes, posts and calabashes.