Pritchardia Hillebrandii, or Loulu lelo
With broad, fan-shaped leaves with silvery undersides, the Loulu lelo flowers in a beautiful golden yellow, followed by black, marble-sized fruit. These fruits can be peeled and eaten (tastes somewhat like a coconut), and were once a source of food for early Hawaiians.
The Pritchardia hillebrandii, or Molokai fan palm, is endemic to the island of Molokai where it grows along the northeastern coastline at elevations of 100 to 1900 feet, meaning it can be found nowhere else in the world. Known as the Loulu lelo (or “yellowish loulu”) to the Hawaiians, this native tree species is at risk in the wild. Today, the habitat is limited mainly to the tops of islets Huelo and Mokapa located off the north coast of Molokai.