Maui biodiesel sunflower project attracts unwanted visitors

Published: Apr. 24, 2017 at 9:42 AM HST
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WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - Signs have been posted warning people against trespassing near a crop of sunflowers on Maui that is being grown as part of an experiment to produce biofuel. A growing number of visitors have been attracted to the yellow flowers that recently started blooming weeks ago.

The Maui News reports Pacific Biodiesel Technologies is trying to cut down on the number of people parking along the roadway to view the property. There have also been reports of people stealing the flowers and damaging them.

The Hawaii-based company posted a statement on its Facebook page last week reminding people that the 7-acre property is a working farm on private property that is closed to the public.

Pacific Biodiesel plans to yield 100 gallons of oil per acre at the site to produce biofuel.

The crop will be harvested in June.

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