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Photo Fave: Iao Valley banyan tree, Maui

by Shelly Rivoli
Banyan tree at Iao Valley State Park

Hug this.

If you saw my previous post, The 5 Best Places to See California’s Giant Redwoods and Giant Sequoias, you already have a good idea of just how much our family loves to visit the big trees found along the West Coast. It was fun to stumble upon this Hawaiian variety on our recent trip to Maui, when we drove through the lush Iao Valley. I am completely fascinated by banyan trees and their ability to “put down roots” from above, like the seeming trunk to the right of my daughter in this photo, which began with a simple root descending through air.

The kids were very intrigued by this banyan, which made it all the better when, after understanding this seeming goliath, we arrived at the famous banyan tree in Lahaina, which occupies nearly a city block with root-trunks too numerous to count!

Do you have a favorite tree to share today on National Arbor Day? Feel free to leave a comment with your link below! This post is part of Photo Friday at DeliciousBaby.com.

Safe journeys,

Shelly Rivoli, author of the award-winning Travels with Baby and Take-Along Travels with Baby 

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Lisa Goodmurphy April 26, 2013 - 1:29 pm

My kids loved the banyan tree in Lahaina – they could have played there all day!

Shelly Rivoli April 26, 2013 - 1:39 pm

The shade was definitely a welcome reprieve – quite a popular afternoon hang out (made better with snacks)

andrea April 26, 2013 - 11:03 am

That tree is amazing! It reminds me of trees in Siem Reap!

Shelly Rivoli April 26, 2013 - 11:52 am

Oooh, I’ll bet, Andrea! On the list.

Sonja April 26, 2013 - 10:33 am

I love that tree in Lahaina! And I read once how many thousands of birds it’s home to – so fascinating! We saw the occasional banyan tree in Spain and Portugal last summer which surprised me.

Shelly Rivoli April 26, 2013 - 10:56 am

Those banyans get around! I think I remember lounging next to one in Thailand… ? 😉

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