Pumpkin Patch Island Style – Oahu, Hawaii

Seasonal traditions aren’t constrained by climate.  I have celebrated many a Christmas in the southern hemisphere, sweat pouring from my brow, dripping onto the wrapping paper on my lap from a just-opened gift. Christmas doesn’t always mean snow, cold, and a warm fire. 

I have spent Easters anticipating the cool-ish rains, glad to leave the heat behind.  Easter doesn’t always mean daffodils and spring. 

Independence Day?  I remember one particular 4th of July being cold and rainy.   That’s July at high elevation near the equator. 

The lemonade stand before the long line appeared.

This week I was particularly delighted to see a fall pumpkin patch à la Hawaii.  No corn maze or hot apple cider here.  This patch was completely climate appropriate, resisting appropriation from more northern latitudes.  Mason jars with ice-cold li hing lemonade were purchased.  Instead of a fiery array of deciduous autumn leaves, tropical foliage enveloped the grounds.  Hot, cold – orange pumpkins can grow almost anywhere.  Throw in a ride behind a tractor and some local farm animals and you have a pumpkin patch.  No hot cocoa or hope of a crisp breeze necessary.

Truth be told, I didn’t search out this pumpkin patch on my own, though for some families a pumpkin patch visit with the obligatory posed photo in a field of pumpkins is an annual tradition.  However, I was a willing tagalong.  I couldn’t help but wonder, how does a Hawaiian farm do a pumpkin patch?  The answer?  Very well indeed.

What a spectacular petting zoo!  There weren’t just a couple pygmy goats and a rabbit for good measure.  This petting zoo was a legit zoo.  Gorgeous wandering chickens.  Inquisitive alpacas.  Cows, including the only two of the Scottish highlander breed on the island. Lumbering tortoises.  Donkeys. And yes, a variety of friendly goats. 



This dove, perched watchfully in his feathered boots, patrolled the top of the guinea fowl coop. Those guinea fowl weren’t going to escape, however. The variety of cast iron cast-offs ensured the roof was going nowhere.
Children wait in line for the hay ride.


Chickens can be some of the most beautiful, exquisite creatures. Here, he could be mistaken for a part of the ornamentation.
The actual pumpkin patch, vines cleaned out, ready for the hordes to descend for photo ops.

Waimanalo Country Farms has been owned and operated by the same family for generations.  Whether or not a change of seasons is in the air, they know how to manage their well-oiled pumpkin patch machine.

2 responses to “Pumpkin Patch Island Style – Oahu, Hawaii”

  1. Hi, Heidi,

    This was a very entertaining piece! Loved the photos. Thanks ever so much!



    Dorothy Tish Cell: 206-409-2672


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