They're back, more of them than ever, sunny side up on former sugar plantation land in Waialua.
Here's the bright acreage visible in the distance from Kaukonahua Road. Last year, a smaller field of sunflowers emerged right next to the country road, a magnet for motorists who pulled off and took pictures. Many walked into the field to pose with the flowers.
But this year--perhaps to keep the excitement at bay--the North Shore field is reachable only through a gated dirt road.
I believe that a short-lived field is planted annually in the area by Pioneer Seed to check on the quality of growth and gather samples for testing on the Mainland.
To see the beaming crop, drive down the hill from Wahiawa to Waialua on winding Kaukonahua Road. Look off to the left before you reach Thompson's Corner.