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Banyan Tree decorated with holiday lights

By Staff | Dec 18, 2020

Lahaina’s Banyan Tree will be illuminated from 6 p.m. to midnight nightly through December. FILE PHOTO BY LAHAINATOWN ACTION COMMITTEE.

LAHAINA — Lahaina Restoration Foundation invites everyone to come to Lahaina to enjoy the colorful holiday lights on the Banyan Tree. The historic tree will be illuminated from 6 p.m. to midnight nightly through the month of December.

The wandering paths under the tree make for excellent, uncrowded viewing opportunities, and there are numerous benches for sitting. Face coverings are required at Banyan Tree Park and in all public places on Maui. Social distancing of six feet must be maintained.

The lighting of the Banyan Tree is a popular 23-year tradition for historic Lahaina Town. Lahaina Restoration Foundation is proud to keep this tradition alive and encourages the public to enjoy the lights and visit the shops and restaurants located throughout the town.

Every Friday, Lahaina celebrates Friday Night is Art Night with gallery shows, demonstrating artists and special exhibits. The candle lit tour of the Baldwin Home is also held every Friday night from 5 to 8 p.m.

The Lahaina Banyan Tree is 147 years old and its octopus-like limbs stretch outward, spreading a vast network of branches, leaves and aerial roots towards the streets and buildings surrounding it. It stands over 60 feet tall, has 46 major trunks in addition to the massive original trunk and shades nearly two-thirds of an acre.

It is the largest banyan tree in the United States and a spectacular viewing experience when festooned with holiday lights.