Waimanalo Pumpkin Patch!

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I am such a sucker for Halloween – scary movies, spooky costumes, and especially anything pumpkin. From pumpkin spice lattes (guilty) to pumpkin oatmeal to pumpkin beer, I’m all about it.

Since fall is far less exciting in Hawaii, given the lack of seasons, I was stoked to go to the local pumpkin patch.

The view at Waimanalo Country Farms was breathtaking. The land sits on a plateau up the face of the Koolau Mountains, with waves rolling along the turquoise ocean in the distance.

IMG_1772Sadly, there were no pumpkins left in the pumpkin patch. A full week before Halloween, they had completely sold out of pumpkins. But hey – part of living on an island is that supply is limited and demand is high.

Despite the lack of pumpkins, the setup was adorable. There were bales of hay & pumpkins set up for photo ops, along with blasting country music, wooden crates and hand painted signs.

My favorite was the lemonade stand that served up the island’s famous Nalo Made Lemonade and sweet tea. Each mason jar comes with either homemade sweet tea or a halved lemon and various flavors: plain, strawberry, mango, pineapple, li hing, or any combination of the five. The cool thing is that they use whole, mashed up fruits to flavor the drinks instead of syrups or additives.

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And they are a-m-a-z-i-n-g.

They also sold fresh kettle corn and roasted corn, but it was way too hot and humid for that. I was a little bummed they didn’t have any pumpkin-related treats, but considering they didn’t even have enough to sell, I kinda understood.

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The pumpkin patch included a little petting zoo, a hay ride, and a few other attractions for the keiki (kids). They did have a corn maze, but it was so short we could see anyone over 5’2” working their way through it. We figured we’d leave that one to the little ones.

I loved the atmosphere, though, and the field of giant sunflowers. The beauty of the place easily lent itself to the seasonal magic.

Yeah, fall might be kinda tough in a tropical paradise. The leaves don’t fall, the temperatures don’t drop drastically, and it takes a while to get used to that.

Now that I’ve been here a while, though, I do notice the subtle changes. The air gets a little cooler, the rains start to fall, and the big winter waves begin rolling in.

I love it here, and I love October.

Happy Fall! Enjoy the picutres 🙂

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