What You Need to Know About the Maui Banyan Tree

They say everything’s bigger in Texas. At The Old Wailuku Inn, we like to think that everything’s bigger on Maui! Here, visitors feel small beneath towering waterfalls, crashing waves, and giant banyan trees. This is especially true at Lahaina Banyan Court Park, where you’ll find one of the largest trees in the United States! Stop by to relax under its branches, learn about the town’s rich history, and take a self-guided walking tour through the historic district. We guarantee a visit to the Maui banyan tree will be an incredible experience you’ll never forget!

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The History of the Maui Banyan Tree

View of the Maui banyan tree in Lahaina

Planted in 1873 in Lahaina, HI, the Maui banyan tree is a sight to behold. It was imported from India to memorialize the 50th anniversary of the first American Protestant mission to Lahaina. Today, the tree sits in front of the courthouse and is the size of an entire city block. Visitors can admire the root system that covers almost an acre as well as multiple trunks that reach more than 60 feet high.

Lahaina Banyan Court Park, also known as Banyan Tree Park, is a two-acre public park that attracts locals and tourists alike. This historic community was the capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii in the 1800’s and is home to various shops and restaurants. Across the street from the banyan tree are Lahaina Harbor, the Pioneer Inn, and the Lahaina Lighthouse, all registered historic landmarks.

Visit the Lahaina Courthouse

The Lahaina Courthouse is a must-see while you’re in the area. The facility houses a visitors center as well as a heritage museum that offers a glimpse into the town’s past. Because Lahaina played such a significant role in the development of the Hawaiian Kingdom and the state of Hawaii, there are various art galleries, interactive exhibits, photographs, and historical objects to explore. Enjoy viewing educational panels about the island’s’ natural environment, peruse a historic timeline of Hawaii’s history, and watch videos about the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary.

Attend the Maui Banyan Tree Craft Fair

Each weekend, guests can enjoy meeting local Maui artists under the banyan tree at a craft fair presented by the Lahaina Arts Society. Browse affordable paintings, limited edition prints, and a wealth of other crafts, all while enjoying live music. Face painting and children’s activities are also available under the tree’s dangling vines. Then, head to the Banyan Tree Restaurant for a delicious meal prepared with fresh, organic, and sustainable ingredients from local Hawaii farms.

Local Tip: The Maui banyan tree is breathtaking at any time of day, but we recommend visiting at sunset. Common Myna birds roost in the branches of the tree during this time of night and create a spectacular symphony of song as the evening approaches. Be sure to stop by one last time after dinner!

Come Home to The Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono

After a wonderful day in Lahaina, take an easy drive back to The Old Wailuku Inn and unwind. Our B&B offers some of the finest accommodations and amenities on the island! Browse our Garden Rooms, Veranda Rooms, and Vagabond’s House Rooms to find the one that suits your style. Then, book your stay directly on our website to receive the best price. We look forward to having you!

To find out what else awaits in the Valley Isle, check out our blog about unique destinations on Maui!