Sure, autumn leaves don’t fall from our trees in Hawaii. And, come fall, we’re still sporting swimsuits instead of sweaters. All the same, October wouldn’t be complete without a visit to a Hawaii pumpkin patch.
While the Islands are known for sand and surf, agriculture is deeply rooted in the fabric of Hawaii’s culture. Every year, a handful of family farms open their scenic pumpkin patches for hayrides, keiki activities, food and entertainment. So, when you visit a pumpkin patch, not only are you enjoying some fall family fun, but you’re also supporting local farmers who are helping feed our communities.
Hayrides at Oahu’s biggest pumpkin patch
91-1440 Farrington Hwy, Kapolei, Oahu
Near Oahu’s ‘second city’ of Kapolei and the west side resorts of Ko Olina, Aloun Farms hosts its annual Pumpkin Festival. In 1977, Aloun Sou and his family of six started farming on five acres in the Lualualei Valley. Since then, Aloun Farms has grown to approximately 3,000 acres across Oahu and has become one of Hawaii’s largest vegetable growers and community supporters.
If you’re looking for a perfectly shaped pumpkin to carve, Aloun Farms features Hawaii’s biggest pumpkin patch to go on a treasure hunt. Its annual Pumpkin Festival is typically held on the last three weekends of October, featuring free hayrides, food and craft vendors, a farmer’s market, entertainment and plenty of activities for the keiki. For the most up-to-date information on their schedule of events, visit their website.
Photo worthy pumpkin and sunflower fields
Waimanalo Country Farms
41-225 Lupe St, Waimanalo, Oahu
On the lush windward side of East Oahu, Waimanalo Country Farms celebrates their Fall Harvest Festival starting in October. This 52-acre farm was started way back in 1948 by the Wong family. Six generations and over 70 years of hard work later, this family farm continues to thrive, creating its pumpkin patch in 2010.
While its pumpkin patch is the main event, the kids can also go on a tractor ride around the farm, see the farm animals and take photos in their social-media-friendly sunflower fields. The grown-ups will want to order up some fresh picked Dakota super sweet corn, cornbread, and a ‘Nalo-made Lemonade, which is their famous farmer’s market specialty. For details on when you can visit the farm — they’re open on weekdays too! — click here. Reservations aren’t required, but parking is limited, so they are recommended.
Cool temperatures at Maui’s super scenic patch
375 Koheo Rd, Kula, Maui
Upcountry Maui on the slopes of Haleakala is known for its scenic beauty, but for generations, it’s been a fertile location for farming. Kula Country Farms has been farming on this picturesque 55-acres for four generations. Known for its sweet strawberries, Kula Farms hosts a variety of produce-picking activities year-round, with its legendary Pumpkin Patch welcoming eager visitors throughout October. You’ll find a variety of home-grown pumpkins in their pumpkin patch, as well as decorative gourds, sunflowers, and carving kits. You can always get fresh fruit, seasonal produce, local snacks, and Kula Farms Strawberry Lemonade at the Farm Stand. But what makes Kula Farms Pumpkin Patch truly unique is its panoramic view of Maui and the cooler elevated temperatures that make it feel like fall. Visit their website to learn more.
Know before you go
Ready to explore Hawaii’s pumpkin patches? Here are a few tips to think about before rounding up the family for a fun fall adventure:
Visit early for best selection
If you’re looking for a prize pumpkin to carve with the keiki, visit the pumpkin patches early in the month for the best selection. These events are popular, and those perfectly plump pumpkins can go fast.
Dress for comfort
While you may want to unveil a new fall look for your photos, understand that depending on the pumpkin patch and the time of day, it can get hot. Check the weather, dress comfortably, bring sunscreen and water, and wear shoes you won’t mind getting dirty. (Locals can leave the slippers at home.)
Charge your phone
There will be plenty of photos and videos to take to capture this memorable experience with your ohana. Your kids will have a blast exploring the sights and activities, and you’ll have fun eating, relaxing, and enjoying an autumn day in Hawaii.
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