Saturday, June 9, 2012
This banyan tree was brought to Maui from India in 1873 when it was eight feet tall. Today it is 80 feet tall and has 12 major trunk and lots of minor ones. It covers nearly the entire city block! Very shady.
The continued excavation of this burial site by the hotel led to native activism and eventually, a law prohibiting the disturbance of such sacred sites. The Ritz-Carlton regained their sensitivity in 1990, reinterred the remains, moved the hotel location back up the slope, and the site is beautifully grassy and peaceful today.
The gecko, or mo'o, is regarded as a guardian or protective spirit.
Posted by Linda Heinsohn at 12:34 PM