North shore sunflowers in full bloom at Corteva Agriscience
A social media sensation is blooming again up on O'ahu's north shore.
Big beautiful sunflowers in Waialua are in full bloom! For the just a few weeks you can head up to the north shore and see the thousands of golden yellow flowers.
GMH met with Alika Napier, the Production Location Manager for Corteva Agriscience -- formerly Dupont Pioneer.
Q: Alika, this is a huge hit every year -- you open Thursday?
A: Sunflower tours at Corteva Agriscience open Thursday, July 11 and continue daily through Saturday, July 20 at our Waialua farm. Weekday tours run from 12 to 2 p.m. and Weekend tours run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Q: Tell me about what Corteva grows in Waialua.
A: Here in Waialua, we operate on nearly 2,000 acres of agricultural land, planting and producing quality seed for farmers around the world. Corn is the primary crop grown in Waialua. Once a year we conduct a sunflower grow-out to ensure we are providing the best sunflower seed to farmers worldwide. Corteva contracts with local farmers to allow them to use Corteva's land to plant their own crops in rotation. Each sunflower produces about half a cup of cooking oil and, once harvested, are prized for their high oil content.
Q: How is Corteva contributing to the next generation?
A: Corteva also helps to train and inspire the next generation of local farmers through an innovative partnership with GoFarm Hawaii, a program with the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The Waialua farm also offer interactive learning opportunities for students from kindergarten through college, using solutions-based thinking and providing hands-on experience in the field.
Parking is $5 and 100 percent of proceeds will benefit local community organizations, like Waialua High School and the Rotary Club of Wahiawa-Waialua.
Tours in 2017 brought in 21,000 people over 12 days to the Waialua farm and raised $52,000 for community nonprofits.