Lahaina, Maui, HI It is said that you can’t go back. That seems to be true. When we were in Hawaii 23 years ago, Maui looked quite different. Now, except for the Hana area which time (and modern conveniences) has passed by, Maui is all city and resorts. All the sugar cane fields are gone as are the pineapple plantations. Maui has Krispy Kreme, Costco and Target. It has bumper to bumper traffic. It has incredibly inadequate parking. It has very high prices (bananas are $1.69 lb and they grow them here!) When we were here in 1993, we stayed right on Front Street in Lahaina Town at a place that is no longer available and walked to the wharf area. Now one must practically elbow one’s way through and driving with all those tourists haphazardly crossing the streets is stressful. During the tourist season, the population in what used to be a quaint, sleepy little town can swell to nearly 40,000 people. Nonetheless, we did our tourist thing by poking along all of the tourist shops, walking along the wharf, and taking pictures of the banyan tree for which Lahaina is known. An Indian banyan tree was planted in the courtyard square in 1873 to memorialize the 50th anniversary of the first American Protestant mission in Lahaina. The banyan tree has become the largest banyan tree in Hawaii, and one of the largest banyan trees in the United States. Its extensive trunk and aerial root system now covers 0.66 acres. By 2005 it had grown to a height of 49.2 feet, had 16 trunks, and covered a circumference of 0.25 miles. Interesting note: the name Lā hainā means "cruel sun".