It’s that time of year: Aloun Farms’ pumpkin festival is back!
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - It’s that time of year again: Aloun Farms’ pumpkin festival is back.
The festival, presented by Hoopili and Meadow Gold, will return in October for its 20th year.
Not only will people get to pick out their own pumpkins at Aloun Farms’ giant pumpkin harvest, but they can also enjoy family-friendly activities, including tractor rides, keiki rides, a petting zoo, food vendors and a farmers market with fresh produce.
Aloun Farms Special Events Coordinator Lisi Heimuli said the farm grows around 250,000 pumpkins on average during the fall season.
“We started this and other events to open up our working, commercial farm to the public in order to help promote sustainable agriculture and highlight the importance of supporting local,” Heimuli said.
“A majority of our produce is imported from the mainland or elsewhere, but thanks to a growth in local farming efforts, we’ve really been able to grow the availability of local produce in Hawaii. For example, prior to us growing pumpkins here in Ewa, 90% were being imported, and we’re still one of the few places that grow pumpkins on a larger scale.”
Entry to the festival is $5, but children under 2 are free. Parking is also free.
The pumpkin festival will take place Oct. 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30.
Aloun Farms educational tours will also be offered, with a presentation to help people learn more about the importance of sustainable agriculture as well as other activities like a hayride through the farm.
The educational tours, which cost $10 per person, will be available during the last three weeks of October on Tuesdays through Fridays.
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