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Enjoy Hawaii’s Holiday Lights Under a Banyan Tree

In Maui, a historic banyan tree has stood watch for more than 140 years, inviting locals and visitors alike to gaze in wonder at its monumental breadth. Planted in 1873 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first missionary arriving in Hawaii, today this banyan tree is the largest in the state, with its trunk and roots covering two-thirds of an acre in the historic Lahaina Banyan Court Park. With 12 main trunks, the tree inspires awe year-round, but from December 3 through New Year’s Day, it will be decorated with 6,500 colored lights in celebration of the holiday season.

Over on Oahu, trees and festivities will be glowing through New Year’s, too. Honolulu City Lights kicks off its month-long holiday celebration downtown on December 3. See a giant surfer Santa and Mrs. Claus, surfer snowmen and a 50-foot pine tree covered in lights. Inside the Honolulu Hale Courtyard, discover more trees and holiday displays. Learn when you can meet Santa or shop at the Mele Kalikimaka Marketplace Festival by checking the City Lights event schedule.

Love the idea of spending the holidays in Hawaii? Start planning for 2017 and share what you’d like to see with your favorite travel companions. Click the stamp in the top right corner to send them this postcard.

*Photo courtesy of mattspinner, Flickr.

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