This is not the first post of these trees. But this photo offers a slightly different view and treatment. “Do they really look like that?” you ask. Well, I studied and taught philosophy just long enough to be confused by that question. So I’m not answering. . . .
You tell me the evolutionary intent of colorful tree trunks. Could it be to lure tourists to Maui from places like South Dakota, where trees tend to be utilitarian and bland?