Hawaiian fire scorches 'Heartbeat of Lahaina Town'.

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    The devastating fires that roared through Maui this week, killing dozens and ravaging the historic town of Lahaina, scorched a beloved tree that has been described as the largest banyan in the US.

    At the time it was planted in 1873, a gift shipped from India to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first Protestant mission in Lahaina, the tree was only an 8-ft (2-meter) sapling. It was planted a quarter century before the Hawaiian Islands became a US territory and seven decades after King Kamehameha declared Lahaina the capital of his kingdom.


    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2023/aug/10/lahaina-banyan-tree-burned-hawaii-wildfire

    https://lahainatown.com/banyan-tree-park.php
     
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    They're watering the tree.
    Lahaina Fire-Banyan Tree Watering, August 15, 2023 on Vimeo.

    I can't link to this Facebook posting:
     
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    Wonderful news!

    What an excellent poster that image would make---inspirational.
    If the banyan tree can survive---maybe I can do it, too!
     
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    NB: The Hawaiian Islands became a US territory, not a state, in 1898.
    Statehood occurred in 1959.
     
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    Wondrous! Truly marvelous.
    Thanks for posting this, Wendy.
     

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