In August, as wildfires swept through Maui, the historic town of Lahaina witnessed devastating destruction. Among the casualties was the town’s famous Banyan tree, which stood charred and seemingly lifeless. However, a glimmer of hope has emerged as fresh green leaves have begun to sprout amidst the scorched branches.
On September 13, the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) shared a video showing this remarkable sign of rejuvenation. Just last month, the department had expressed doubts about the 150-year-old tree’s chances of survival.
In the aftermath of the fires, a dedicated effort followed. Teams of arborists, landscapers, and volunteers tirelessly poured hundreds of gallons of water onto the tree at regular intervals. This extra care and attention, led by landscape contractor Chris Imonti, have finally borne fruit, breathing new life into the Banyan tree.