Premium pumpkins ready for picking

Terry Phillips
Terry Phillips

By Sharie Shima - bio | email

KAPOLEI (KHNL) - Halloween is just around the corner, and that means picking the perfect pumpkin will soon be on the minds of many Keiki.

Aloun Farms has produced premium pumpkins for about six years now. The staff here is ready for the onslaught of pumpkin pickers to choose the perfect Jack-O-Lantern for Halloween.

This pumpkin patch is dotted with bright orange gourds as far as the eye can see. This is exactly what farmers are looking for as they gear up for the Halloween harvest.

What it does is to allow children to see a real working farm a lot of children don't know their food comes from a retail store and to see it growing is really amazing for them.

Parents and Keiki are able to pick their perfect pumpkin for two weekends in October. A rare treat that beats bags of candy.

"When we began growing pumpkins about seven years ago 100% of our pumpkins were imported from the mainland so a really good lesson is sustainability," said Terry Phillips of Aloun Farms.  "Today 80% of the pumpkins you see in the market come from Aloun farms.  That's one Jack-O-Lantern for every child in the state of Hawaii that's very incredible.

In fact those who dream about the great pumpkin need look no farther. This year Aloun Farms is growing large pumpkins up to 150 pounds.

A pumpkin starts off small like this the flower on top will eventually bloom and fall off, and in a matter of months it will become a great pumpkin like this one!

"It is amazing they cannot believe that it actually grows on the ground and for them to actually being able to physically pick it, it stays on their mind forever, I get letters all the time from these children," said Phillips.  "And I always like to tell them how important it is to buy local because it helps to support the earth and it gives us jobs."

The pumpkin patch is open for picking starting the weekend of the sixteenth and the next weekend on the twenty fifth.

The entry fee is $3 dollars.

Aloun is also holding a food drive. Anyone who brings in a canned good receives a baby pumpkin.