The Lahaina Arts Society and Lahaina's Banyan Tree

Have you ever been to Lahaina? Lahaina is about a 40 minute drive from Kihei (30 minutes if you're staying at our Sugar Beach condo) on West Maui. It is an old whaling village turned quaint tourist town. It has a population of only 10,000 (Maui's full-time resident population is 125,000).

We enjoy walking up and down Front Street, window shopping, eating at one of many restaurants, the kids playing under the Banyan Tree, enjoying art galleries. Be sure to check out the Lahaina Arts Society which runs a gallery in the Old Court House by the Banyan Tree. This gallery is run by volunteers (artists who have their work on display). A portion of the proceeds from the sales goes towards arts education in the local schools. We've bought a number of paintings and prints at this gallery over the years. In fact, we bought the two giclees hanging above the TV at our Kihei Surfside condo at this gallery - they are works of Scott Mead.

Two of Scott Mead's giclees (photography art) hang above the TV at our ocean front Kihei Surfside condo.
The Banyan Tree is a huge tree along front street near the wharf. You can't miss it! The tree was planted on April 24, 1873 by sheriff William Owen Smith to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first Christian missionaries. It was brought from India, and at the time of planting, was only 8-feet high. It now has a dozen main trunks, and its canopy spreads over two-thirds of an acre between the Old Courthouse and Front Street. As it grows, it drops new roots from its branches, which if left to grow, turn into new trunks, supporting the branches. This would be a great climbing tree for kids, but.... unfortunately climbing is not allowed. I guess it would only be a matter of time before branches would break. The tree celebrated its 134th birthday (well, birthday of its planting) this year!

A portion of Lahaina's Banyan Tree.

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