October 24, 2011

Pala‘ai - Pumpkin

When you think of fall, you think of pumpkins, changing leaves and cool nights. Well, believe it or not, we have all of those here - ok, except the leaves. And it might not be really "cool" by Michigander standards, but it's still cooling off. But there are pumpkins!

There are two pumpkin farms on the island, so we picked (ha!) Aloun Farms and headed out to the country on the Leeward (east of us) side. We were bummed to see a huge line of cars waiting to get in, but the crowds weren't really that bad.
It seemed a world away from the city, but it was less than 20 miles from our apartment. You can see the city skyline in the distance, with Diamond Head off to the right.
 You have to have a vampire-toothed jack o'lantern mascot, right? At least it wasn't supposed to be scary - it even showed the shaka!
Of course you need a Rainbow Warrior zucchini cutout too

RaeRae, I think that pumpkin is too big!
That's better!

Pretty sure the hayride was the highlight

The wagons took us around the farm so we could see the crops, and if we wanted, get off and pick sweet corn or pumpkins
They also have apple bananas! Covered in plastic bags to keep the critters out
Although not quite cider and donuts, we enjoyed some garlic chicken and tempura vegetables from the food stands, and bought a few mini gourds to take home. Before we left, we hit the carnival rides - Luke on the spinning cars
giant swing

 We close our fun day with a few shots from Luke's turn at the camera. There were about 50 more of the pumpkins in the field, but here are our favorites :)

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