Food plants grown commercially (or in backyards for home consumption) in Hawai’i include sugarcane, pineapples, papayas, bananas, mangoes, guavas, lichee, coconuts, avocados, breadfruit, macadamia nuts, limes, passion fruit, taro (for poi), and tamarinds.

Wild animal life in Hawai’i includes mongooses (yes that’s plural), rats, frogs, toads, and, in the more remote regions of some of the islands, deer, sheep, pigs (boar), donkeys, and goats. On the Big Island, even wild horses roam freely in Waipi’o Valley.

The insect population is multitudinous, and marine life abounds in Hawaiian waters.

Hawai’i also struggles with the many invasive species which have been brought to the islands over the years. This primarily involves plant life, but is most noticeable in the animal populations. The coqui on the Big Island, brought accidentally from Puerto Rico, are literally driving many residents out of their minds. The over population of jungle fowl (also known as Chickens) on Kaua’i is definitely noticeable, as is Kauai’s lack of mongoose. Mongoose eat eggs of ground nesters, controlling moa (fowl) population. Kauaii never got their mongoose. Legend has it that a mongoose bit a dock worker, got thrown off the dock, and never made it to the island. Mongoose exist on all of the other major Hawaiian islands, as do the rats (also non-native) that they mongoose were imported to kill. One can see how things quickly get out of hand when animals are introduced to a new environment like Hawai’i.