Sunflowers in Hawaii

 

a lovely bunch of sunflowers It used to be a secret. Each year around October / November I’d hear through the grapevine about sunflower fields popping up on Oahu’s North Shore and camera-toting enthusiasts venturing illegally onto private property to capture the beautiful blooms.

“So we decided, since people were determined to visit the fields, we’d open them up to the public,” says Derek, one of several DuPont employees minding the fields on Saturday, November 22, when I arrived toting my camera.

Actually, I had tried in years past but could never find the fields. “We moved them around from year to year,” says Derek, pointing to a brown patch of earth, which had once been a sunflower field further down the valley, “so they were in different places.”

Derek also mentioned that DuPont grew the fields for scientific purposes, testing growth rates of different seeds. Now, he says, computers can take over that job, so this might be the sunflower fields’ last year.

That is, unless DuPont decides to keep planting the fields as a community service. “We’re giving back to the community,” says Derek. “Your parking fee ($5) and profits from anything you buy here (t-shirts, souvenirs, food) go to support our local high school’s activities. By the way,” he adds, “the pineapple/guava lemonade is really good.”

Indeed it was.
amid the sunflowers

sunflower 2

sunflower backlit

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  1. anitamcmahan@comcast.net

    Thanks for the pictures and the history. Very interesting and I didn’t know there were sunflowers in Hawaii. I forwarded your message to Michele and Trey.

    Happy Belated Thanksgiving!

    Anita

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    • So glad you enjoyed them, Anita. Hope Michele and Tray will, too. Jerry went up with me and we made a date of it, wandering amid the head-high sunflower plants, then Mexican lunch in nearby Haleiwa town.

      Happy belated Thanksgiving to you, too.

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  2. DuPont was very wise to realize they had a way of involving themselves in a positive way with the community. I would be all over those sunflower fields and weighed down with the souvenirs offered. Thanks for sharing the sunflowers with us.

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    • Indeed they were, and I hope they keep doing it. Good PR for them and a treat for the rest of us. If they have it next year, maybe I’ll see you there and we can shop together 🙂

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