Yes, this is a tree, but it’s a banyan tree. It’s more than 100 years old, covers almost two acres, and is supported by 16 trunks. It’s become a Lahaina icon. It may be the largest banyan tree in the world. It spreads right at the harbor and majestically shelters what is known as Banyan Tree Park.
Towns people planted it in 1873 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the missionary arrival on Maui.
Craft fairs and art shows are held under the branches. Children play in its shade. Lovers meet on benches under its limbs. Tourists rest their aching feet on the same benches. At Christmas lights festoon the branches and it becomes, if not the tallest, the country’s widest holiday tree.
The Banyan Tree is at the old Court House at the harbor.