The North Shore of Oahu will soon get even sunnier. Within the next few months, a field of sunflowers should be in full bloom and put a boost in color to the usually barren frontier lands of Waialua. Who would of thought? A hidden sunflower field in Hawaii that brightens up the North Shore.

The golden and yellow hues can easily be spotted from afar when driving down the winding road that leads into the quiet, little town of Waialua. Otherwise, it’s pretty much hidden away, only a few people aware of its existence – including some Oahu locals who grew up here. I only just got the chance last year to see the sunnies myself after hearing about them for years. I’m not much of a flower-loving-kind-of-girl, but if I had to pick, sunflowers have always been a go-to for me. And for obvious reasons – bright, sunny and possessing an uncanny ability to incite instant cheer wherever they go.

My sister and I ventured out to find the mystery crop one gloomy day last year. We followed the directions I scribbled down on a napkin and sure enough, there they were – easier to find than we anticipated. Actually, there’s no way we could have missed something so vibrantly yellow, no matter how gray the skies that day.

We were lucky enough to talk story with one of the workers. A real down-to-earth woman, who was definitely shorter than the giant sunflowers she stood next to but no doubt beamed with just as much sunshine in her every step. She worked for Pioneer Hi-Bred International, a commercial production that specializes in plant breeding and seed multiplication for corn, soybeans and sunflowers. Good to finally know where these sunflowers come from. They aren’t actually used for decorating purposes but rather for cooking oil.

The sunnies offer a beautiful backdrop for picture taking.

And not to mention that it’s also used as an unofficial tourist attraction. At least 10 people came by during my quick conversation with the woman. Each one of them eagerly jumping out of their cars, camera in hand, to get a quick pic of the natural beauties. As long as you don’t take any flowers with you or walk through the fields, the staff at Pioneer Hi-Bred seemed pretty cool with people taking a peak.

I couldn’t believe how huge they were; some at least twice as wide as my head, standing six or seven feet tall. And if they had a fragrance at all, I’m sure everyone there would’ve stayed just a little bit longer than we were supposed to. Ahh, the sweet scents of another Hawaii crop for locals and visitors to enjoy.

23 COMMENTS

  1. Sunflower, I love sunflowers. When I see the flower, I feel sunshine and happiness. I think I am going on the road trip to visit. Mahalo!

  2. Wow…I didn’t know about this, it’s beautiful! Next time I drive out to the North Shore, I’ll pass through Wailua looking for this sunflower field.

  3. Thats right by my home and they are really beautiful its surreal standing in all those flowers a must see if you are on Oahu

  4. Yes! A must see..definitely by mid-December, I’d say the flowers’ll be in full bloom. Cool, Ashley. You’re lucky to live out there. I love it out there. So cruise. (:

  5. Beautiful sunflower pictures! Is there anyway you can give me directions? I know where the soap company and the high school is…I just don’t remember seeing them! Thank you for sharing your pictures and experience!

  6. Thanks, Sarina! It’s actually right next to the high school (: You need to turn left immediately after the school up a dirt road. Have fun!

  7. Mahalo, Alyssa! My family and I were able to visit the fields! Beautiful view of the mountains and vibrant fields. Thank you so much for your help! 🙂

  8. My dad and his company actually grows these sunflowers for the Pioneer. It’s really beautiful and they are already starting to grow and die. They’ll stick around probably until Thanksgiving. But, anyways, there are two locations for these sunflowers this year. I believe that my dad grew more this year than any other year. I’m so thankful that I get to go there every year. Oh and there is no exact time when the sunflowers starts to bloom. Last year and the years before, they started to bloom during Christmas time. But this year, it’s a little bit earlier.

    • Aloha Jasmine, thanks so much for sharing that info, does your dad have a website? A couple of people have asked us where to get nice Sunflowers as a result of this article.

  9. I plan on taking our engagement photos at the sunflower patch. Do you think they will be in full bloom around June? Or when is the best time to do it? We get married in November. Please let me know. Thanks!

  10. Hi this is absolutely amazing I’m going in mid September would they be around and open? And is there a chance I could get directions it would mean the world I’m in love with sunflowers even though I’ve never been to a field it would be the best thing in my life if I could go. Thanks so much

  11. Hi,
    Sunflowers are my favourite thing in the whole world and i am going to the north shore in 12 days and would love to visit. Is there’s any chance i could get directions you can email me if you dont wont to put it on here but i would love to go!!!
    Thanks so much xx

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