Annual Lighting of the Banyan Tree

The lighting of the Banyan Tree happens every year in the town of Lahaina, on Maui, and this year is no different! The lighting takes place on the first weekend in December, and the Banyan tree will remain lit until January 1, 2012. The Lahaina Town Action Committee has planned some new attractions this year, including a winter wonder land for keiki, a chance to see “Frosty” (a real Hawaiian Snowman), and even Santa will be there for the big opening. The activities for Keiki will start at abou  2 p.m. with the arrival of Santa, there will also be cookie decorating, face painting and other Christmas crafts. From Wendy Osher reports that “Music begins at 10 a.m. and will conclude with the Lahainaluna High School Band and the lighting of the tree by Santa’s Secret VIP at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 3.   The Pioneer Inn and the Wharf Cinema Center will join in the celebration with the simultaneous lighting of their properties with holiday lights.” The Lahaina Town Action Committee is asking that visitors donate one canned or non-perishable item to donate as an admission fee. The donated items will be given to Lahaina Light Bringers which will use it to help feed the homeless and needy on West Maui. An interesting fact that was also presented by Osher from is that “the Banyan Tree in Lahaina was planted in 1873 by the Sheriff to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first Missionary.  The tree was brought from India, and was only eight-feet high at the time of planting.  It now has a dozen main trunks, and spreads over the better part of an acre.

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