Known in Hawai’i as ʻieʻie, another common name for Freycinetia arborea is climbing screwpine. The species is a member of the Pandanaceae, a family consisting of 5 genera and nearly a thousand species. All members of the Pandanaceae are native to the tropics and subtropics of the Old World.
The Hawaiian Ethnobotany Online Database discusses both the medicinal and non-medicinal uses of Freycinetia arborea. The Amy Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden similarly makes note of the uses on its signage:
Aerial roots of ʻieʻie were baked and pounded to make them supple enough for twined basketry…[other uses include] cordage, hula, fine weaving material, fish baskets and traps, idols, and helmets
As noted in the Wikipedia entry for Freycinetia arborea, this brittle-stemmed climber was well-used by some now extinct birds:
The bracts and fruit of the ʻieʻie were a favorite food of the ʻōʻū (Psittirostra psittacea), an extinct Hawaiian honeycreeper that was formerly a principal seed dispersal vector for plants with small seeded, fleshy fruits in low elevation forests. It is also a favored food of the ʻalalā (Corvus hawaiiensis), which is currently extinct in the wild.
Many additional photographs of the species are available to browse via Forest and Kim Starr’s Plants of Hawaii: Freycinetia arborea.