There’s something about driving to a destination. Out here on an island you don’t get to do a lot of that, but I love the feeling of getting in the car and having a place in mind that’s not just around the corner.
Somewhere you don’t go every day.
That’s how I feel about heading out to Kapolei or Ko’olina. But this time, we were heading west for a seasonal event: the Aloun Farms pumpkin patch in Kapolei, which just finished its last weekend this month. (It’s open for the last three weekends every October in anticipation of Halloween.)
Now, we found out very quickly that the people who come here are serious about their produce and pumpkins. The guy in the picture above was our first glimpse into this — people bring wagons to pull home giant pumpkins and buckets of corn. But some wagons are just for the kids.
As you walk further and further into the farm, you pass by the stage where there’s live entertainment as well as food booths, a farmer’s market, and kid activities. But once you get through all that, that’s where the real fun begins. Eventually you’ll find “Pumpkin Land,” and on the horizon you’ll see rows and rows of pumpkins.
I don’t know why I was surprised by this, but the fields around here are large. Next to Pumpkin Land are the corn fields where you could pick corn and load it into a bucket, all for $12.
The best way to travel around these large fields is to hop on their tractor-pulled hay ride. It goes through the corn fields, around Pumpkin Land, where it stops, but then continues on around so you can see all the fields. It’ll then take you to the main part of the farm near the stage and food booths.
It’s also pretty close to the little pumpkin patch, if small baby pumpkins are your style or you need some office or home decorations that are easy to carry.
Aside from Pumpkin Land, there’s also Sunflower Land, where you’ll find couples and families taking pictures among a couple rows of tall sunflowers.
On your way out you should definitely try the lemonade — or the huge bowl of pumpkin crunch gelato for $1 (which was Jake‘s favorite part).
I love visiting the more country parts of our island. I think it’s so fun, fresh, and just breathtakingly beautiful. There’s nothing I like more than being outside, away from the city on the weekend. Unless I’m shopping, of course.
I hope you had a chance to check out the pumpkin patch! If you’re into farmer’s markets, I know Aloun Farms has one at Dole Cannery on the Costco side every Friday, so check it out!
Have a happy Halloween!