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4 APRIL 7, 2021
 Local Waimānalo Country Farm Is Abundant In Sunflowers, Family Values
you didn’t, you had to work and learn,” Kadooka says with a smile. “I think it taught me some really good values, though. It taught me to work hard at a very young age, and same thing goes for my kids. They got to play sports, but all of their extra time was spent on the farm. Maybe they didn’t like it at the time, but as they got older and they got married, they came back and said, ‘Mom, we really appreciate the fact that you made us work hard.’
“People just love sunflowers; it makes them happy.”
 “It’s something that comes natural because you either love farming or you don’t. We all happen to love it. Right now, all of my kids help at the farm; they all have their own businesses, but when they’re not working or when the farm needs help, they stop what they’re doing and help.
This year, residents can take a leisurely drive around the grounds, with an oppor- tunity for occasional stops for picture taking. For this, the farm offers an array of props, including a bubble machine, tractor, white picket fence, bathtub, butterfly wall and a 2021 sign for graduates. A cup of fresh-squeezed lemonade or sweet tea is included and there’s also a chance to safely say “hi” to the newborn goats, sheep and donkeys.
“We really appreciate ev- eryone’s support. We love doing it and that’s why we keep doing it.”
The concept came about by accident when Kadooka’s daughter wanted to get mar- ried surrounded by flowers. The flora sadly didn’t bloom in time for the wedding, so the farm decided to share the beauty with the community.
“People just love sunflow- ers; it makes them happy,” says Kadooka. “There are so many individuals who ... don’t get to get out and ac- tually see how things grow. They don’t get to have that country fresh air and, really, the people that come are so mindful. The view is awe- some, they can take pictures and they love to support lo- cal, too.
      “It’s neat because, al- though ... it kind of seems monotonous because we’re all together, we love it and the Lord blesses us because we get along.”
Reservations are not re- quired but highly recom- mended. Call 306-4381 or visit waimanalocountry- for more infor- mation.
Waimānalo Country Farms has been in the family for six generations. PHOTO COURTESY SHAWN KADOOKA
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