It’s a happy coincidence that the week after Earth Day, Maui celebrates the birthday of its famous banyan tree. Call it Abors Gone WIld.
The tree, planted on April 24, 1873 in Lahaina, was imported from India. It's now one impressive monument to silvaculture, towering over 60 feet high, and with 12 major trunks in addition to its original. The branches reach out over 200 feet, and shade nearly an acre. This is not your father's elm.
Every April, the island celebrates the tree with a two-day party, with kids activities, art displays and, of course, birthday cake. This year the celebration is April 24 and 25. The site? Banyan Tree Park, of course.
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