“As a child, one has that magical capacity to move among the many eras of the earth; to see the land as an animal does; to experience the sky from the perspective of a flower or a bee; to feel the earth quiver and breathe beneath us; to know a hundred different smells of mud and listen un-self-consciously to the soughing of the trees.” — Valerie Andrews, A Passion for this Earth
Winter in Hawaii is a magical time when the temperatures top out at 77F/25C and the sunflower fields in North Shore are in full bloom. I can’t imagine a greater joy than running with my child along a path through a field of sunflowers with the Waianae mountains above and the azure waves of the Waialua coast straight ahead of us. Joy is best when shared, so here is a photo post for the ages:
Warning: The photos in this post will make you wish for a teleportation device and possibly inspire you to recklessly book a flight to Honolulu on pure impulse.
During the Hawaiian winter, free tours of the Pioneer H–Bred International sunflower fields are available in Waialua. The staff members are lovely and graciously offer free tours of the sunflower fields (which are privately owned). Call them at (808) 637-0100 and they will let you know when you may visit. And, trust me, you’ll want to visit and possibly never leave.
Our friends, Janet and Aubrey, joined us for a wonderful morning on the North Shore. Not only was it great to spend time with them, it was awesome to have an extra adult so that I could actually use my big camera. This particular trip occurred prior to the purchase of our GoPro so there aren’t any videos. Next year! Promise!
If you are planning a trip to some sunflower fields with your child/homeschooler, here are some fun resources: