The banyan tree in Lahaina (maui)
was planted on April 24, 1873, in Lahaina
to mark the 50th anniversary of the arrival of first American Protestant
mission. The banyan tree (Ficus benghalensis
) known in Hawaiian
covers 1.94 acres, is not only the largest in the state
but also in the United States. The tree was a gift from missionaries in India. A mere 8 feet (2.4 m) when planted, it has grown to a height of about 60 feet (18 m) and has rooted into 16 major trunks, apart from the main trunk, with the canopy
spread over an area of about 0.66 acres (0.27 ha).