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Explore – The Banyan Tree

Probably the most famous landmark in Lahaina – the Banyan Tree was planted in 1873 by the Sheriff to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first Mission. The tree was brought from India, and was only 8′ high at the time of planting. Now the tree has a dozen main trunks, and spreads over the better part of an acre reaching up to 60 feet high.  Banyan trees grew so large by dropping roots from their branches and then these roots become additional trunks over the process of time.

While there don’t miss the Old Lahaina Courthouse, which was originally built in 1859 from salvaged materials taken from the palace of Kamehameha II. Current tenants include the Lahaina Heritage Museum and the Lahaina Arts Society. There is also a visitor’s center and public restrooms.

 

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