It's a different kind of North Shore weekend on Oahu. The tropical sun that normally goes with our high surf has given way to calm rain.
We're missing another kind of brightness as well. The acres of yellow sunflowers of uniform height growing alongside Waialua's Kaukonahua Road are gone. That's right--no more sunflowers, and no more motorists stopping off to marvel at the plants' simple, happy beauty and snap pictures.
Pioneer Plant Seed Hawaii has turned the sunflowers back into the ground, to serve as mulch for the next crop--corn.
The sunflowers had their moment in the sun primarily to suit the purposes of research. Pioneer Seed used Hawaii's ideal growing conditions to monitor the plants' growth and quality and then send the findings to company offices in California.
The North Shore sun will be back sooner rather than later. But I'm going to miss those grinning sunflowers on my daily commute.