An Ancient Hawaiian Spiritual Plant
Ti plants, unlike like the tea you drink, were plants brought to the Hawaiian islands by early Polynesians. In fact, the plant was spread all throughout Polynesia and cultivated for its spiritual uses and for its starchy rhizomes. But imagine this Dr. Suess-like plant having leaves that only the Hawaiian chiefs were allowed to wear around their necks.
In Hawaii, kī rhizomes are fermented and distilled to make okolehao, a liquor.