Sunday Photo: Lahaina Banyan Tree

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Sunday Photos

Lahaina Banyan Tree
Lahaina Banyan Tree
Originally uploaded by webnelly

This very well known tree among Maui visitor and residents was planted by missionaries way back on April 24th, 1873 (Wikipedia). It is a part of Lahaina history and even their social calendar, having it’s own birthday party every year hosted by the Lahaina Town Action Committee. What do you buy a tree this big for its birthday anyway?

Perhaps the most amazing thing about this tree, aside from its age, has to be its sheer size. The Wikipedia article listed above says that this banyan tree covers almost 2/3 of an acre. Wow. That makes this giant tree very, very hard to photograph. Perhaps the best way to capture the magnitude of this tree is to view it from space, as in this Google Map. That slightly orange roof building just southeast of the banyan tree is the Old Lahaina Courthouse, which is now run as the Lahaina Visitors Center. It’s a fairly decent sized two-story building, but is still obviously dwarfed by the size of this tree.

It’s a neat thing to see if you’re in Lahaina, and very hard to miss. Hopefully for anyone shopping down Front Street it’s not too far out of your way, and definitely worth seeing.

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Kris and his wife Cindy are avid Maui fans, and have visited the island half a dozen times since '06. Over the years, they have made many friends living on Maui or through social media, which keeps them in touch with the island until they can return again.

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2 Responses to “Sunday Photo: Lahaina Banyan Tree”

  1. david Says:

    Hi Kris,

    Just stumbled upon your site and wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed it.

    We were under the “Banyan Tree” less that 2 weeks ago. Now we’re Maui Dreaming.

    385 days (or so) till our next trip.

  2. heidi Says:

    Maui Dream’n every day……after some 20 visits we can’t seem to get there to stay. Love this site, love the pictures.
    Thanks for the opportunity to revisit the memories.
    Maybe one of these days before we get too old we can call it HOME..

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