Monday Musings, More Maui…

The Banyan tree in Lahaina, a town on the west side of Maui.  The tree sits in what is commonly called Banyan Tree Park, next to the old courthouse building at the corner of Front and  Canal Streets.  It’s one of the largest banyans in the U.S., all one tree actually.  As it grows, it puts down more roots from above that grow into more tree trunks and they all remain connected.

The tree was planted by Sheriff William Owen Smith in 1873 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first American Protestant mission in Lahaina, a gift from missionaries in India.  The banyan is native to India, one of 60 types of fig trees to grow in the Hawaiian Islands.

It’s quite a sight to behold.  And nearly impossible to get a picture of the entire tree because it covers such a large area and is almost 60 feet tall now…  The photos are my own, taken a few years ago when we were in Maui with hubby’s brother and sister-in-law.

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  1. I love that beautiful Banyan Tree! I remember it from our visit to Maui about 10 years ago!

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    1. It is so impressive, isn’t it? We love Maui!

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  2. I also remember that beautiful banyan tree from the time I was there.

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  3. Those Banyans have character.

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  4. They look like trees from another world. Exotic and beautiful!

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    1. Thanks, Rob, so much there is just gorgeous!

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  5. Love it! Was there last month and even took video of the birds chirping away!

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    1. Ooh, I was just there last month, too, for hubby’s birthday. First time we went in the winter. I swear I could live there if it weren’t so far away from the rest of my family…

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      1. Agree! 15 hours of flight time was worth it. I was amazed at how “quiet” where I stayed was. Birds, water, nature….

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      2. Hmmm, I miss being there so much!

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      3. Me too! Especially with 29 cms of snow in the past 24 hours!😣

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      4. Yikes! We are pretty mild here, no snow and 40s.

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      5. …and 15 more tomorrow! 😥

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  6. That is so cool looking! Also, I’d have a hard time keeping myself from climbing it!

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    1. You can sit on the main trunk for pictures, but Hawaiians are very ecologically aware, so, for goodness sake, don’t damage it!

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  7. Wow, magnificent.

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    1. Thanks, Wendy! And thanks for asking for more pix 🙂

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  8. Wow! That is so cool!

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      1. You’re welcome! I missed you.

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  9. I love Banyans! There’s one in the courtyard of the place we stay in Key West. They’re magnificent! 😃

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    1. I read that the largest in the continental U.S. is in Florida. I had no idea they had them there! They’re such fun to explore.

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      1. Yep, they’re really cool. 😃

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  10. What a wonder to behold. I’d love the opportunity to see one up close.

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      1. I recently finished binge watching Hawaii Five 0 and was mesmerized by many of the scenes where they shoot the series.

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      2. Oh, yes, Oahu is beautiful, too. All the islands have a different look to them.

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  11. They are really beautiful and strange to behold, Dee! I remember one in Florida,but since I was many places in the state, not sure where. I love your photos! The roots are weird and awe inspiring, too!

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