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Hilo

Banyan Tree Drive

This historic tree-lined street on the shoreline of Hilo is well known as the "Hilo Walk of Fame". Banyan trees planted by celebrities stand alongside having withstood several tsunamis devastating the town. It was in 1933 that Hilo Park commissioners decided to create this celebrity-planted banyan tree drive along the peninsula. The plan became operational in 1934 with the arrival of President Franklin Roosevelt. Earlier in late 1933 Cecil B. DeMille along with several actors who were shooting for a film also planted trees. 8 trees were planted in October 1933. In addition to the movie stars one tree was also planted by baseball player George Herman "Babe" Ruth. The celebrity drive had an additional 10 trees planted in 1934, 15 in 1935, 6 in 1936, 5 in 1937, 4 in 1938. Two trees were planted in 1941 and one in 1952 by Senator Richard Nixon. These trees still thrive on Banyan Drive having grown a thick canopy, making it popular for walking. The historical site bears the names to honor movie stars, religious and political leaders, famous authors, adventurers and local Hawaiians.