I grew up in the city of Banyans — Vadodara, Gujarat, India — so when we got to Honolulu and saw these banyan trees everywhere, it made want to cry! They made me feel right at home along with 15 other things in Hawaii that felt homey — like the air, water, fruits, flowers, etc. It turns out the British brought Banyans & other tropical plants from India. I was pleased that a lot of the Banyans are really well protected out there and seem to be thriving.
We enjoyed some nice quiet moments under the Banyans on Oʻahu. I can’t help but feel like a child standing under one, and picture myself as a tiny speck in the grand scheme of things … it’s a great feeling!
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Click for more photos from Oahu on my Flickr (same slideshow below) …