They look like fence posts. They appear like a collection of vine-like tubes, just stuck into the ground. And then the bark (?) of the tree is so scaly and woven-looking. The whole thing doesn’t seem like it goes together, the parts are so disparate. They wave their fronds up so high, furry lollipops decorating the ocean view. Apparently they are water hogs, and they certainly provide very little shade. Some say they should disappear, replaced possibly by more environmentally sound specimens. But they are such a tropical icon; they would be missed. Perhaps people will marvel over them a few generations from now.