KAPOLEI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Aloun Farms, a primary supplier of Hawaii's locally grown Halloween pumpkins for the past 15 years, is reporting a major shortage of pumpkins this year.
Due to recent storms and frequent heavy rain, the company reports production has dropped by nearly 50 percent in comparison to prior years.
"Historically the Ewa Plains receive an average total of 16 inches of rain per year; these are records dating back to early sugar cane days. However, since August 24th till now we've already recorded 15 inches in a span of just 3 weeks. This occurred at a time most critical to pollination and crop development" says Aloun Farms General Manager, Alec Sou.
Despite the decline in production, Aloun Farm expects the pumpkins to make a slight recovery toward the mid to late part of October.
"We will continue to support our local customers as best as we can. However, like many other farmers we understand and respect that we are always at the will of Mother Nature and are hopeful for clear and sunny skies in the coming weeks." Says Alec Sou
Aloun Farms says they will still celebrate the 15th Annual Pumpkin Festival presented by Kraft and Hoopili. Each year Aloun Farms open its gates to provide visitors with more than just pumpkins but also other harvesting activities like corn, beans, sunflower, free hayrides, live entertainment, food vendors and family activities.
This year, Aloun Farms will dedicate most of its pumpkin production toward the annual community event, which hosted a combined 60,000 visitors last year throughout the month of October.