My mother, Cookie, loved the color yellow and her favorite flowers were sunflowers. It bought me a lot of joy when I discovered that on Oahu’s North Shore there is a beautiful field of sunflowers which open to the public once a year.
Stairway to Heaven, Diamond Head lookout, Matsumoto Shave Ice, Royal Hawaiian Hotel, and Manoa Falls are several of the popular locations on Oahu which flood your Instagram feed and contribute to your wanderlust. Those places are institutions here and are available for you year-round. For a few weeks a year though, one Instragrammable place on Oahu will fill your feed with mellow yellow- Wailua’s Sunflower Bloom.
Open to the public beginning the first week of November, the sunflowers which bloom are part of DuPont Pioneer’s agriculture farm on Oahu’s North Shore. Entry to the field is free, but if you park here, expect to pay $5 ($15 for sunset viewing). Proceeds from the parking fare, sunflower purchases, snacks, etc., go towards Wailua community nonprofits and the elementary school arts program. So you’ll be donating to great causes while smiling with the beautiful sunflowers.
This year, the farm stopped the reservation program, so all are welcome to see the sunflowers while the field remains open. When you arrive, you’ll see a sea of cars and people, probably thinking to yourself, “Whoa! Way too many people. I’m never going to get a shot of myself alone with the sunflowers for my #basic shot.” Fear not oh #basicasf one. The fields are abundant and despite a massive Waimea swell of people, I guarantee you’ll get some basic poses (Look at my shots for prime example).
The key here is moving away from the beginning of the field and away from the tractors. Find a little opening to slide through and look for a pocket to stand at. Voila! You’re now surrounded by sunflowers as tall as you (I’m 6’1) and appearing as if you are the only person there. The bees are abundant here but won’t bother you even if you test them by frolicking happily in the fields- like I did. Bright colors are the go to look here for guys and gals. And most importantly, bring your smiles!