Sometimes called "Elephant's Ear", 'Ape (pronounced ah-pay), is related to and resembles a large Taro plant.
In contrast to true Taro, whose leaves point earth-ward, the larger heart-shaped leaves of 'Ape tend to point upward, adding to its height. The shiny green leaves can grow up to 2-4 feet long and 2 feet wide. 'Ape's leaf stems may be green or a whitish in color and reach up to 4 1/2 feet long. The trunk of this plant is ringed and is often 3-4 inches thick in diameter, rising as high as 4-8 feet.
(Wagner,W.L., D.R. Herbst, and S.H. Sohmer. 1990. Manual of the Flowering Plants of Hawaii.)