I attended the University of Hawaii and lived on an organic farm in Waimanalo. This was decades ago but I never lost my fascination with banana plants ( there are many varieties!) and their multiple uses.
Stir fry lunch, wrapped in a banana leaf tied with bamboo, with chopsticks cut from lotus or something like that..... It unfolds into its own little bowl.
Of course many cultures have used the banana leaf for generations...but let us take it into the 21st century and use the leaves instead of styrofoam. It is a no brainer for certain uses....
The trees are good for windbreaks and erosion control, the leaves for packaging and bowls, the fruit for food and even for fuel.