DuPont Pioneer Waialua Location Welcomes Thousands to View Sunflower Fields

Cliff Hunter, DuPont Pioneer Senior Research Scientist, talks to some of the younger visitors at the Sunset with the Sunnies event on the Pioneer farm in Waialua, Hawaii. Hunter is explaining how each floret in the sunflower head must be pollinated in order for a seed to grow underneath.

More than 21,000 people visited the sunflowers at the DuPont Pioneer farm in Waialua, Hawaii, between Wednesday, Nov. 8 and Monday, Nov. 20. The sunflower fields have since been plowed to make way for a new round of corn crops.

Sunflowers are rare in Hawaii, and local Pioneer staff enjoy showing them off to the local community. Visitors were welcomed to view and photograph the blooms on daily tours. A special “Sunset with the Sunnies” event took place on Nov. 2 from 4 to 7 p.m. for anyone wanting to take sunset photos with the sunflowers.

Community nonprofit organizations raised $52,000 by facilitating parking and selling t-shirts, water and snacks. GoPro also donated six GoPro HERO6 cameras to the media program at Waialua High School. Previous tours have attracted 4,000 people and raised more than $9,000 for community nonprofits.

The thousands of dollars raised this year will benefit Waialua Elementary, Oahu Resource Conservation and Development Council, GoFarm Hawaii, Waialua Little League, Waialua High School softball team, and the Waialua Pop Warner Bullpups Football.

More than 21,000 people visited the sunflowers at the DuPont Pioneer farm in Waialua, Hawaii, between Wednesday, Nov. 8 and Monday, Nov. 20, 2017.

Members of the above organizations volunteered along with West Oahu Soil and Water Conservation District and the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources “Gene-ius Day” Program.

The sunflower is just one of several commercial crops Pioneer grows on Oahu’s North Shore. DuPont Pioneer has been working collaboratively with a local farmer for more than a decade to plant and grow sunflowers at its Waialua farm, where the flowers typically bloom from October to mid-December.

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