The countdown is on for the sunflower tours making their spectacular return to the DuPont Pioneer Farm in Waialua!
The “Sunflowers in the Country” tours will run daily for 12 days from Nov. 8 through Nov. 20.
Tour hours are 12 to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. No reservations are required. Entry is allowed during designated tour times only; it is considered trespassing to enter at any other time.
Parking is $5 and will benefit the following organizations:
- Waialua Bullpups Pop Warner Football Team
- Waialua High School Girls Softball Team
- Waialua Little League
- Waialua High School Project Graduation
For the tours, all guests are urged to wear sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, long pants and closed-toe shoes. Anyone allergic to bees should come prepared with medicine (e.g., epi pen) to treat an allergic reaction.
The sunflower is just one of several commercial crops DuPont Pioneer grows on Oahu’s North Shore. DuPont Pioneer has been working collaboratively with a local farmer for more than a decade to plant and grow sunflowers at its Waialua farm, where the flowers typically bloom from October to mid-December.
Sunflowers are a rare treat in Hawaii and DuPont Pioneer is excited about the opportunity to share them in all their splendor with the community.
A special “Sunset with the Sunnies” event will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 14 from 4 to 7 p.m. It’s a special opening for anyone eager to take sunset photos with the sunflowers and a fundraiser for the Waialua Elementary Arts program. Entry is a donation of $15 per adult and free for children. No reservation required.
Who is your superhero?
That is the question creative media students at the University of Hawai‘i West O‘ahu set out to uncover for the Hawai‘i Department of Labor and Industrial Relation’s farming campaign.
With a focus on Hawai‘i’s diverse agricultural industry and the viability of farming as an occupation, the students visited DuPont Pioneer’s Waialua Parent Seed to hear directly from our employees about their roles and day-to-day operations on O‘ahu’s North Shore. Alika Napier, Field Operations Manager, and Rance Balidoy, Lead Operator for Land Preparation, share more in this video.
Mahalo to the students of the University of Hawai‘i West O‘ahu Creative Media department for visiting our farm!
Kunia Cultural Garden
Mālama Learning Center, Hālau ‘O Kaululaua‘e and DuPont Pioneer held a blessing ceremony at a garden site that will be used to teach area students how to propagate native and traditional plant materials, which will be harvested for lei making and cultural activities.
Pioneer donated use of the nearly one-acre parcel in Kunia to serve as a community cultural garden. Employees of the Kunia Research Center help plant and maintain the more than 600 plants of about 20 species, many of which are native to Hawai‘i.
“With our cultural garden at DuPont Pioneer in Kunia, we have the opportunity to help people connect to the land and sea through hands on education. This partnership shows that by working together, we can do something positive that serves a community need.”
- Pauline Sato, Executive Director, Mālama Learning Center