The first time I heard about Waimanalo Country Farms was when I visited the Kailua Farmers Market, held every Thursday evening from 5:00pm to 7:30pm. Waimanalo Country Farms was pretty easy to spot as out of the 50 or so stands there, because they had the longest line to get their Nalo Made Lemonade. Seeing a line that long for lemonade was enough to make me want to give it a shot and it was definitely worth the wait. They have some of the best tasting lemonade on the island.
When I placed my order for the mango pineapple lemonade, I had a chance to talk to Shawn, who is one of the owners. She was very friendly and helpful filling me in on their farm and how they got started making lemonade a few years ago. She also invited me out to their farm, Waimanalo Country Farms, for their 4th Annual Fall Harvest Festival and Pumpkin Patch. She said our little one would love it as they have all sorts of activities for them. They’ve been opening their farm to the public during the whole month of October for the past 4 years for Halloween. We were glad she told us about this as we are always looking for new and different places on the island to bring our little one.
Waimanalo Country Farms have a nice selection of pumpkins to choose from and you pick them right from the ground (pumpkins range from $2 to $18, based on size). Other activities for you and the little ones include a hay ride (which takes about 15-20 minutes) to tour the farm. They also have a cute little cow train ride for very small children, a sunflower maze, a keiki (kids) park where your little ones can get their face painted and a pumpkin shot where you can shoot a pumpkin into the air and see if you can get it through the tire to win a prize.
Another nice thing about visiting Waimanalo Country Farms is that they have all sorts of animals like turtles, geese, pigs, chickens, lambs and even a donkey to pet and feed. My daughter loved the animals. It was fun to watch her get up close to some of the animals that she has never seen in person before.
You’ll also enjoy some great local food and drinks. Of course you’ll be able to try their popular Nalo Made Lemonade. A cup is only $3.00 and a jar is just $5.00. If you want to add a flavor to the lemonade, it is $.50 extra for the cup and only $1 extra for the jar. They have five flavors to choose from: Original, Li-Hing, Strawberry, Mango and Pineapple. Another great thing about Nalo Made Lemonade, you can create your own combo out of the different flavors. Of all the lemonade drinks I have tried on the island of Oahu, my personal favorite is the Nalo Made Strawberry Li-Hing Lemonade. It has the right mix of sweet and sour and the Li-Hing powder gives it the perfect balance of flavors.
As far as the food you can find there, they serve corn chowder ($3), chili frank ($5), chili dog ($4), chili and rice ($3), Spam Musubi ($2), hamburger ($3), steak plate ($7), hot dog ($2)and pumpkin Pie ($2). Other items featured is the fresh picked Waimanalo corn, cooked corn, corn bread, homemade fudge, country sweet tea and even shave ice. They also offer Coke, Diet Coke and Pepsi for just a buck. There is also a country market stand where you can buy some local farm grown fruits and vegetables. Of course there is a covered eating area with plenty of seating to keep you cool and out of the sun.
Overall, my family and I had a great time on our visit to Waimanalo Country Farms. The staff was very friendly and helpful and were nice to pretty much everyone I saw them interact with. This may not seem like much, but a friendly and helpful staff really adds to the overall experience.
My daughter had a lot of fun and we plan on taking her back one more time so she can enjoy playing with the animals and take a ride on the little cow train. Even as adults, my wife and I really enjoyed the beautiful scenery, the food and the events. So if you have kids, this is a good place to bring them to have a little fun in some new surroundings.
Also, while there, you can also purchase some really unique and beautiful images from around the Hawaiian islands by photographers, Spencer and Chase Lum. Being a photographer myself, I was really impressed with their beautiful images from around the Hawaiian islands.
If you want to stop by and visit Waimanalo Country Farms, remember that the Halloween events are only on the weekends from 9:00am to 5:00pm during the month of October.
If you cannot make it to the Waimanalo Country Farms for the Halloween events, and you want to try their famous Nalo Made Lemonade, they are at the Kailua farmers market every Thursday night from 5:00pm to 7:30pm. You might want to get there early because the lines for their lemonade can get pretty long.
Here are some photos from my visit to Waimanalo Country Farms
Map to Wiamanalo Country Farms