North Shore's Sunflower Fields

Waialua, Hawaii


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Row upon row of the vibrant yellow sunflowers beautifully contrast the surrounding landscape and make this the perfect stop for photographers/sightseers alike.

Note: The flowers bloom towards the end of the year and hence the fields are only open to the public from about November through December. You can call Dupont Pioneer ((808) 637-0100) and see if they are offering tours and, if they are, be sure to make a reservation before you show up!

Getting There:

As stated above, you will need to call ahead to reserve a spot as well as to get directions to the farm as it is on a private plot... To get in the immediate vicinity, when traveling from Honolulu, you will head towards Waialua on the H2 which eventually becomes the Farrington Highway. Stay on this road until you travel through a roundabout, and past the local high school, then keep your eyes peeled for the address you were given... it will be on your left.

The Fields: 

Once you find the farm and drive into the field you will be greeted by an attendant who will direct you to a parking spot. Once parked you should walk to the large tent next to the flowers to check in, get a brief overview, and then you are off. You can journey around the fields as you wish, though you will be warned not to knock over any plants... this is important for the studies conducted on the sunflowers (which you can learn about during the tour).

Now, because this season if fairly short (only lasting a month or two), the fields tend to be busy. The neat contrasts, as well as the photos circulating instagram, have made this an iconic location for a photoshoot... as such, you may be able to see several photoshoots happening amongst the sunflowers as photographers and models alike use this location when the flowers are in bloom. Though it is fairly popular, the fields are large and can accommodate many people so it typically does not seem crowded. 

It is quite easy to stop here for an hour or two... It is a fun outdoor activity for all ages; you can spend time walking around, checking out the flowers, the pollenating bees*, and also taking some pictures for yourself.  And, if you are keen to learn more about the flowers or the research being conducted then be sure to ask one of the workers, they are very knowledgable!

*there are quite a few, so those that are allergic may want to avoid this adventure

To Do After: 

  • Check out the large winter swells at one of the popular beaches in the area.
  • Grab some grub in Haleiwa (many food trucks/restaurants on the main street)
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