Wall-to-wall pumpkins in kula

Wailuku’s Lauren Pawlik hunts for the perfect pumpkin with son Steele, 3, Wednesday afternoon at the Kula Country Farms patch. “We come every year,” Pawlik said. Farmer Teena Monden said she and husband, Chauncey, have seen this year’s wet summer wash away about half their pumpkin crop. “We have half as much as last year,” Teena said. “We lost 2 acres.” On the plus side, the farm is booked solid every day through Halloween by school groups. Teena encouraged customers to come early to get their pumpkins this year, and while they are there, to stop by the Kula Country Farms stand. Scheduled events at the farm include a Pumpkin Carving Contest on Oct. 17 and a Children’s Costume Contest on Oct. 24. Go to www.kulacountryfarmsmaui.com for details. The farm is open daily (except Mondays) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Second photo: Napili cowgirls Cori Mangham (left) and Magie Pfeiffer goof around with the decorations while shopping for a pumpkin at Kula Country Farm on Wednesday afternoon.