Banyan Tree Park

Banyan Tree Park

Description

Lahaina's famous Banyan Tree Park is home to one of the largest banyan trees in the entire world. The magnificent tree was brought over from India and planted in front of the Lahaina Courthouse in 1873. It was 8 feet tall when it was planted, but now has 12 major trunks, is the size of a city block, and stands over 60 feet tall. A landmark in this colorful west-Maui town, the tree provides extensive shade that, in addition to providing a cool resting spot for visitors, is the site of frequent art exhibits and other events.
 
AT A GLANCE:
Lahaina was the capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom from 1820 and 1845, and has a rich cultural history. The banyan tree has been a landmark for over 200 years, and regardless of what area of Maui you're visiting, it is worth a trip to the west side just to see it. At first glance, visitors would assume that the park is full of numerous large trees, but the marvel of the banyan is that it is actually all the same tree. In addition to growing upwards toward the sky, banyans grow sideways, with new roots growing out of the trunk to the ground, where they take root and form new trunks. This creates what looks like a mini-forest all from just one tree.

The park has numerous benches and picnic tables, and overlooks the Lahaina harbor, old courthouse, and bustling Front Street. Within easy walking distance to all of the town's restaurants, shops, and galleries, Banyan Tree Park is the perfect place to start or end your visit, or to take a break and cool down in the middle of a busy day of touring.

Hours:
Daylight

Cost:
Free

Address: 
648 Wharf St, Lahaina, HI 96761

Directions:
From the airport, take HI-380 to HI-30 S. Turn left onto HI-30 S, and follow it for 16 miles. Turn left onto Prison St to enter Lahaina, and then right onto Front St. The park will be ahead on the left.

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