On the Island of Maui, in the town of Lahaina, a banyan tree spreads out over 2/3rd of an acre in the center of the historic whaling town . It is used as a park, and special events are held there. When we were there, an arts and crafts market was taking place.
The tree was first planted in 1873, by Sheriff William Owen Smith, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the first protestant missionary coming to the island. This was as per request of Queen Keopulani. The tree was only 8 feet tall at the time of planting. It is now 50 feet tall. Because of the way Banyan trees grow, with horizontal limbs and extra trunks, it spreads the 200 feet.
I think that over the years, the tree has seen plenty of climbers!
Globe Trottin Granny
Do you remember climbing trees?