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Holiday Lighting Of The Banyan Tree: Lahaina HI

 

Every year in Lahaina over in Maui, there’s a wonderful tradition of the holiday lighting of the Banyan Tree.  The Banyan tree near the center of Lahaina stays lit up from the last week of November until January 1st.

The holiday lighting also has a charitable element.  Each person is asked to bring one item of food to help feed the homeless of Maui.  Yes, there are homeless people in Maui…

 

Holiday Lighting Of The Banyan Tree: Lahaina, HI

The lighting of the Banyan Tree happens every year in the town of Lahaina, on Maui, and this year is no different! The lighting takes place on the first weekend in December, and the Banyan tree will remain lit until January 1, 2012.

The Lahaina Town Action Committee is asking that visitors donate one canned or non-perishable item to donate as an admission fee. The donated items will be given to Lahaina Light Bringers which will use it to help feed the homeless and needy on West Maui.

An interesting fact that was also presented by Osher from MauiNow.com is that “the Banyan Tree in Lahaina was planted in 1873 by the Sheriff to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first Missionary.  The tree was brought from India, and was only eight-feet high at the time of planting.  It now has a dozen main trunks, and spreads over the better part of an acre. Original story here.

Here’s a great little video from last years holiday lighting of the banyan tree in Lahaina.

 

Have you ever attended the holiday lighting of the banyan tree?

It’s a wonderful way to spend an evening.

~~ Aloha Nui Loa

 
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