Sunflowers might not be the first thought that pops into your head as you conjure images of Hawaiian paradise, but these happy blooms make for stunningly beautiful photos. If visiting in summer, this endless field of golden sunflowers a perfect, off-the-beaten-path picture opportunity.
Check Corteva Agriscience's website (https://www.corteva.com/our-impact/enrichinglivestogether/communities/hawaii.html) for when the fields are open to the public. It is usually for a few weeks in July.
parking is a $5 donation; free entrance. Sunset with the Sunflowers event is $15 admission.
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How to get there
N21° 33' 44.694"W158° 07' 44.346"
This photo of sunflower fields was taken at the Corteva Agriscience Sunflower Farm in Waialua. This location is easily accessible by car — to get here, navigate to Waialua Sunflowers Farm (21.562415, -158.128985). Once you drive onto the field, you'll be greeted by an attendant who will direct you to a parking spot. Parking is a $5 donation which goes towards supporting local high school teams and other neighborhood charities.
Once parked, head to the admissions tent and get checked in and then begin exploring the fields. To get this perspective, I found a row of sunflowers I liked, posed my model and then set up a step ladder to get a clear shot. The sunflowers are about 5 1/2 feet tall, so having some kind of raised vantage point will help keep your subject from get lost among the flowers.
Please be aware that sunflowers attract bees. Practice extreme caution if you choose to visit with a severe bee allergy, or come prepared. Bees are a crucial natural part of our ecosystem, so remember that you are in their space and do not provoke them.
Be mindful of the flowers — do not cut them or step on them! This is a private business and working sunflower farm (they harvest the seeds for oil). The admission collected goes to local charities to support the surrounding neighborhood. Be extremely respectful of the flowers, the farmers and your fellow patrons.
Waialua Sunflowers Farm, 67-172 Farrington Hwy, Waialua, HI 96791
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