Maoli bananas are indigenous to the Pacific region. They were originally classified in their own subgroup (often designated as Maia Maoli, Maia being the Hawaiian term for bananas), but are increasingly classified together with the Popoulu bananas in the Maoli-Popoulu subgroup.
The sausage-shape fruits are straight or slightly curved. They are 3-4 times as long as they are wide. The fruit tip is rounded and well-filled but not bulging. When fully ripe, the pulp colour is usually a rich yellow-orange1 .