Saturday, October 13, 2012

Aloha to Maui - More from Lahaina



Lahaina is "cruel sun" in Hawaiian.   Yet it is a tourist mecca for West Maui with the Banyan tree holding center court.   From Hawaii Web (at this link),

This Banyan Tree was planted in April, 1873, and marked the 50th Anniversary of Christian missionary work in Lahaina. The tree was imported from India and was only 8 feet tall. It now stands over 60 feet high, has 12 major trunks in addition to a huge core. It stretches over a 200-foot area and shades 2/3 of an acre. Caring members of the community carefully maintain the symmetrical shape of the Banyan Tree. It is one of the largest Indian Banyan trees in the world.


On the makai (seaside) of the banyan tree is the Courthouse with the Hawaii State Flag.




Next to the courthouse is a fort from the Kingdom of Hawaii.  Again from Hawaii Web (at this link),

These ruins are all that remain of a fort that stood just south of the courthouse. This fort overlooked one of the canals of Lahaina, now a paved street, and was built to protect the town after unruly sailors who fired a canon at Rev. Richard's house. The missionaries saw the womanizing and drinking of the whaling sailors as a danger to Lahaina. Rev. Richard convinced the king to ban women from the ships and this sparked the incident. Later visitors to the island thought the fort looked like it was more for show than force. It was finally torn down in 1850 and supplied the stone for the Hale Pa'ahao Prison.


On the mauka (mountain side) of the Banyan tree are historic houses.  Above is made from lava rock ....



... and next to it is the Baldwin House.  From the Lahaina Restoration (at this link),

The owner, the Reverend Dwight Baldwin had his medical training at Harvard College prior to his theological studies.  As a practicing physician, Rev. Baldwin helped save the people of Maui, Molokai and Lanai from the scourge of smallpox during the terrible epidemic of 1853.
 

 Can you imagine having to sleep inside the netting at night?  


As the sun began to set, we drove to Ka'anapali for the sunset.   Do you have a favorite tree - in your backyard, neighborhood, or one from your travels?  One commenter from this week's blogs wins a book choice from my convention stash.  This giveaway is open to all readers.  Comments are open through Saturday, October 20, 10 pm in Hawaii.   I'll post the winner on Sunday, October 21.

Mahalo,

Kim in Hawaii

Sunset from Ka'anapali




14 comments:

  1. Wow... great pics. No trees for me. NOT a big nature person unless I am indoors looking at pics. I get very severe reactions to insect bites...

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  2. I love weeping willows although I don't have one. I also love oak trees which we have and any tree that blooms in the spring such as dogwood although my allergies don't like them lol. Great pics as always.

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  3. I spent hours in a favorite tree in my parent's backyard growing up. I loved it. Unfortunately due to problems with the roots they had to have it chopped down. But, I sure did love that tree. At our house now we palm trees. I love to sit outside and hear the wind blow through the palms.

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  4. I haven't been back in awhile but there was a tree in the center of the street in Pasadena...literally. I was so thrilled that they paved around it rather than cutting it down and I used to go back and visit it frequently.

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  5. I don't have a favorite tree, but I do like to admire them during this time of the year as the leaves are changing color.

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  6. Beautiful pics. There is an old willow tree at a park in Michigan that I love to visit.

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  7. Cherry blossom trees are really nice!

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  8. My favorite trees are the weeping willow and magnolia.

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  9. My favorite tree is the one in front of the house I grew up in in WV. It was about 200 years old and right in front of the house.

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  10. my fav tree is pome but we don't have it anymore :(

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  11. No one favourite tree per se but I do like the trees in my neighbourhood, where there are blossoms in the spring!

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  12. The guava tree my older brother planted many years ago, together with my younger siblings, we would climb on it, sit on one of it's sturdy branch and eat some guava. :D

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  13. My apple tree whoo
    Kimh

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