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Incredible Banyan Tree along the Pipiwai Trail

Incredible Banyan Tree along the Pipiwai Trail


Banyan Tree along the Pipiwai Trail, Eastern Maui, Haleakala National Park
An incredible site, this hidden gem is the first wonder you see along the Pipiwai Trail. After a short distance of typical Maui jungle like scenery, you come across this beauty. The Banyan Tree is native to India, and some time ago, this was planted. Why here is a mystery to me. The giant Banyan in Lahaina, the largest of its kind in Hawaii, was planted to celebrate the 50 year anniversary of the Protestant Mission in the 1870's. This one is not as old, nor as large, but incredible non the less. The beauty is in it's structure. It has fewer hanging roots and trunks than the Lahaina Banyan, but still incredible, when contrasted by the surrounding jungle growth. Green mossy plants grown on the enormous branches, along with the carvings (vandalism) of many names. This warrior has stood tall long before we arrived and will last long after we are gone.
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