Maui's oldest banyan tree is the magnificent centerpiece of Lahaina Banyan Court, more commonly known as Banyan Tree Park. Planted in 1873 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first Protestant Mission in Lahaina, the 8-foot tall seedling grew into the enormous tree that stands today. The tree shades nearly an acre of parkland.
The banyan tree is native to India, but it thrives in the Hawaiian climate. Local residents helped shape the growth of the tree by encouraging the growth of certain prop roots with selective watering. Now, at least 16 trunks have grown in addition to the main trunk, enabling the tree to support its massive weight. This tree houses thriving communities of noisy mynah birds as well as other native birds and animals. Its broad canopy provides shade to visitors of the park. Prop roots droop down from the tree's branches, creating a natural maze. View the tree from many different angles to get a real sense of this unique landmark.
Several park benches and walking paths throughout the park make it a great place to sit and relax. On weekends, the park fills with activity. Art and craft vendors sell their wares. You will often find live music, dancing and seasonal festivals throughout the year.