MM 3-27 Hawaii’s Largest Banyan Tree

We have traveled to Hawaii many times over the years and on three of those times we visited the island of Maui and viewed the state’s largest banyan tree. The tree stands proudly in the town of Lahaina’s Courthouse Square. Locals call the place Banyan Tree Park. I took this shot in 2006 and converted it the other day to monochrome using Lightroom and Nik Silver Efex Pro. It will be my entry for this week’s Monochrome Madness Challenge.


The largest banyan tree in Hawaii is located in Lahaina, Maui.

Click on the photo to see a larger version of the photo.

The tree was planted in 1873 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the arrival of the first Protestant missionaries in Maui. It is now 60 feet high and its sixteen major trunks cover two-thirds of an acre.

The banyan tree (Ficus benghalensis) is a native of India and the largest banyan tree in the world is located in Kolkata. The word “banyan” is derived from the Hindu word for trader. It entered the English language when British visitors in India observed traders selling their wares in the shade of the huge trees.

Australian photographer Leanne Cole is the host of the weekly Monochrome Madness Challenge. Visit Leanne’s website to see what other photographers from all over the world are doing in monochrome these days.


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6 Responses to MM 3-27 Hawaii’s Largest Banyan Tree

  1. disperser says:

    We’ve visited Maui many times with the last visit in Jan 2010. Oddly enough, I did not snap any digital photos of the tree even though I have a number of shots from when I was shooting film. Go figure.

    Nice treatment.

  2. Mel & Suan says:

    We’ve never been to Hawaii and would someday like to make the landing. It is rather intriguing that a Banyan was planted. Did you know why the choice of this tree?

    • The tree planted by Sheriff William Owen Smith in 1873 in Lahaina was a gift from missionaries from India. I believe it was the first banyan tree planted in Hawaii. There are now banyan trees all over the state. We saw a beautiful tree in Kona a few years ago and many trees were planted on Banyan Tree Drive in Hilo in 1933-34. Many were destroyed by tsunamis in recent years but there are about 50 of them left. There are banyan trees all over Oahu. We had cocktails last year in Waikiki at the Moana Hotel’s Banyan Court under a huge tree that was planted in 1904. In the 70s and 80s we liked to shop at the International Market Place in Waikiki. The entire market was built around a large banyan tree. The marketplace is gone now but I believe the tree is still there. The tree in front of Iolani Palace was a gift from Indian royalty to Queen Liliuokalani. It was planted in 1882. For more info on banyan trees in Hawaii see

  3. Amy says:

    Magnificent! I saw these trees in Big Island.

  4. Amazing! Your image of it is wonderful!

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