October is the beginning of Hawaiian makahiki – a time to enjoy the harvest, reset, relax, and rejuvenate! Whether your idea of relaxing includes surfing, island exploration adventures or just taking in a few more sunsets, the idea of acknowledging makahiki in 2021 sounds pretty good to us. Personally, we’re leaning towards a visit to the Kula Country Farms pumpkin patch! We’ve had a productive year here in Ka’anapali and are looking forward to this Upcountry holiday treat.
In fact, in reviewing the year-to-date statistics we can personally attest to the increased number of transactions in the area. Specifically, within Ka’anapali, residential homes sales in 2021 have increased over 200% and Condominium sales are up over 55% from this same date in 2020.
On that note, we’ll take this time to celebrate Makahiki with a “seasonally appropriate” recipe and local favorite: Hawaiian Style Pumpkin Crunch. It’s so popular here in the islands that if you’ve ever been to a holiday gathering, there’s a good chance you were able to sample some. It’s dangerously delicious and a MUST try recipe!
How to Make Hawaii-Style Pumpkin Crunch, a Local Mom’s Recipe. It’s just not the holiday season without some.
Hawaii-Style Pumpkin Crunch
Pumpkin Crunch: Prep and cook time: About 1 hour, 20 minutes
- 1 can of pumpkin (15 oz)
- 1 can evaporated milk (12 oz)
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 box yellow cake mix (15.25 oz)
- 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 sticks of butter (one stick is about 8 tablespoons)
- parchment paper
- silver foil cupcake holders
- One 8 oz. cream cheese
- 3/4 cup cool whip
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
Line a 9 x 12 pan with parchment paper. Mix pumpkin, milk, eggs, cinnamon and sugar. Pour on paper. Pour 1/2 box of yellow cake mix over it. Sprinkle walnuts on cake mix. Layer other 1/2 of cake mix (dry mix straight from the box). Melt butter and spoon over the top evenly. Bake 350-degrees for 50 to 60 minutes. When cool, loosen from side of pan. Invert pan onto a tray (the top is the crust). Frost with frosting and sprinkle with walnuts. Cut into squares and serve in the cupcake holders.
Want More Info on Kula Country Farms? The pumpkin patch is now open!
Reservations are available this year for the pumpkin patch. When making your reservation please ensure that you have reserved enough spaces for your entire party, including children.