Beginning last year, residents and visitors alike were thrilled to discover the vibrant fields of sunflowers located between Kahalui and Maalea.
Pacific Biodiesel, the nation’s longest operating biodiesel producer, has 200 acres of sunflowers that, besides being stunning beautiful, are being put to great use. Their oil is being used in a number of ways, from cooking oil to beauty products.
Indeed some of the local spas are using the sunflower oil as ingredients in their massage oil. What sounds particularly intriguing is that the company has started Kuleana, a sustainable, locally made skin care line, that will be creating and releasing a reef-safe suncreen soon. This is awesome!
We, like many others, stopped by the fields to see their riotous color and to take pictures. Given that the fields are right off the highway, traffic can be a bit of an issue both for the viewers and for other drivers. Pacific Biodiesel is now working with a private tour operator, that will incorporate the sunflower farm as a daily stop in the Maui Made Fresh Tour. This tour sounds like a must do!
Be sure to see the sunflowers on your next visit and share your pictures – we’d love to see them!