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LAC to throw birthday party for Banyan Tree

By Staff | Apr 22, 2010

Brought from India, Lahaina’s massive Banyan Tree was only eight feet tall when Maui Sheriff William O. Smith planted it on April 24, 1873 to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of Lahaina’s Protestant Mission. Today, it is nearly 60 feet tall and covers more than a 200-foot area.

LAHAINA — Honoring the 137th birthday of a famous West Maui landmark, the Banyan Tree, LahainaTown Action Committee will hold a celebration on Saturday and Sunday, April 24-25.

Set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days in Banyan Tree Park, the event will feature birthday cake, clown and piñata games, artists displaying nature artwork and hands-on art activities for children. Admission is free.

Entertainment will be provided by Michael Kollwitz, Al Nip, Kapule and Friends, and magician Brenton Keith. 

Saturday’s activities will include birthday cake from 2 to 2:30 p.m., magic on stage from noon to 1 p.m. and in the crowd from 1 to 2 p.m., and entertainment all day.  

Free to the public, quilting classes will be held all day on Saturday and Sunday.

 In honor of Earth Day, bring household batteries and used athletics shoes for reuse.

For more information, visit www.visitlahaina.com.