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Is it fall yet?
We’re still waiting for the first sighting of migrating humpback whales and maybe some chilly weather—it’s been blisteringly hot this week!—but there are a few ways you can conjure the season. Even if it still feels like summer. (Not complaining!)
1. Pick Pumpkins at This Drive-Thru Pumpkin Patch in Waimānalo
The family-run Waimānalo Country Farms in Windward Oʻahu is hosting a fun—and safe—pumpkin patch drive-thru with photo ops, animal sightings and a huge field of pumpkins. (You have 20 minutes to run out and pick one!) You can also buy lemonade, fresh honey and other small treats at the drive-thru market stand. The first event is Saturday, Oct. 17 and runs through Oct. 31. Reservations are required. 41-225 Lupe St., Waimānalo, (808) 306-4381, waimanalocountryfarms.com/reservations, @waimanalocountryfarms
2. Head to Waikīkī, Like, STAT
3. Get Your Cocktail On
Our pal—and master mixologist—Chandra Lucariello came up with a cocktail that’s packed with warm fall flavors: star anise, roasted pumpkin, orange and, of course, whiskey! And not just any whiskey but the craft spirit from Koʻolau Distillery in Kailua. Because who said Halloween was just for kids? (Not us.)