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The Banyans here are huge and so beautiful. They have been around since the 1930s so its impressive how large and old they are. Its interesting to see all the important historical... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Emma W
Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The Banyans here are huge and so beautiful. They have been around since the 1930s so its impressive how large and old they are. Its interesting to see all the important historical figures who planted these trees, including Amelia Earhart, Nixon, FDR and Louis Armstrong.

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Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed walking/driving along Banyan Drive as part of our time by Hilo Bay that also included Coconut Island and the gardens. While most of the names were unfamiliar, it was fun to look for names we recognized. (The banyan trees were planted by notable people in the 1930s.) Babe Ruth and Amelia Earhart are two we observed. The latter... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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Reviewed 8 August 2016

Called the "Hilo Walk of Fame", Banyan Drive features a row of tall, stately trees. The trees date back to 1933 when a Cecil de Mille film was shot in Hawaii with eight trees planted by the director and some of the stars. Fromm then on, throughout the 1930s, and into the 1970s, more trees were planted by individuals in... More 

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Keaau, Hawaii
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Reviewed 24 March 2016

In the early 1930s Hilo was full of money from sugar and that's when Banyan Drive was begun. When Cecil B DeMille was on the island filming "Four Frightened People" he was asked by Herbert Shipman, whose house was a film location, to have the stars of the movie plant the first banyan trees along what was then a dirt... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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Reviewed 19 March 2016

Never thought of myself as a tree lover but I've fallen in love with Banyans. Just something about the far reaching hanging branches suggests peacefulness. A walk or drive in this area really mellows out your day.

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Reviewed 19 December 2015 via mobile

Time almost stands still when you drive down Banyan Drive! The sun peaks through the hundreds of branches creating interesting patterns on the street below. The ocean trade winds are captured in the canopy of leaves and the unmistakable smell of saltwater is ever present. The trees have markers at their bases....look at the names and dates. Like I said,... More 

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Reviewed 25 August 2014

We stopped to go for a walk along Banyan Drive because we'd heard it was a popular, historically significant street that was worth visiting in Hilo. Sure enough, we were able to see dozens of HUGE banyan trees, planets by celebrities and politicians of the 1930's. Although most of the names were not familiar to me, I was quite excited... More 

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Sydney Australia
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Reviewed 9 February 2014 via mobile

This is where most hotels are. Very nice pond. Great hotels. Some good restaurants. And a nice walk. Great little detour.

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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 28 June 2012 via mobile

This road is lined by numerous banyan trees planted by 1930s celebrities such as Babe Ruth. This is a nice 5 minutes drive if you are closeby.

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