Banyan Tree Courthouse Square Lahaina Maui Hawaii Pacific Ocean
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Cool off with a shave ice in the Lahaina Banyan Court Park under the shady branches of this iconic tree. Hawaii’s oldest non-native arboreal giant, it arrived from India in 1873. Maui sheriff William Owen Smith planted it to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first American Protestant mission here. Now over 12 meters (39 feet) tall, with a half-kilometer (1,640-foot) canopy and roots that drape across the ground like melted candle wax, it’s reliably filled with bough-swinging children or chattering mynah birds, depending on the time of day.