It was originally operated as a fruit stand in 1950, Dole Plantation opened to the public as Hawaii’s “Pineapple Experience” in the year of 1989. Today the Dole Plantation is one of Oahu’s most popular attractions, with more than one million visitors a year.
Dole Plantation provides activities such as the Pineapple Express Train Tour, the Plantation Garden Tour, and the Pineapple Garden Maze. Its popular informational displays and presentations, as well as the plantations country store offering a wide variety of Dole Plantation gifts, local favorites and refreshments. And, before you leave its a must to walk away with a packet of the sweetest and softest Pineapple I have ever tasted, you won't be disappointed.
Pineapple Train Tour is a 2 - Mile, 20 minute ride that provides a educational overview of the pineapple industry. The Pineapple maze was dubbed the worlds largest maze in 2008 by the Guinness World Records.
The pineapple, sweet on the inside - was given its English name for its similarity to a pine cone. Christopher Columbus brought this native of South America back to Europe as one of the exotic finds of the of the World. Sailors were known to bring the pineapple home to New England, where a fresh pineapple displayed on the porch meant that the sailor was home from foreign ports and ready to welcome visitors.
No one knows when the first pineapple (“halakahiki,” or foreign fruit, in Hawaiian) arrived in Hawai‘i. Francisco de Paula Marin, a Spanish adventurer who became a advisor to King Kamehameha the Great raised pineapples in the early 1800s. A sailor, Captain John Kidwell, is credited with founding Hawaii’s pineapple industry, importing and trialling a number of varieties in the 1800s for commercial potential. But it wasn’t until James Drummond Dole arrived in the islands that the pineapple was transformed from an American symbol of friendship and exotic locales into an American household staple.
GETTING THERE -
The Dole plantation is not far from Haleiwa / The North Shore and if coming up from Waikiki , H-1 West, then H-2 North (Exit 8A). From H-2 take Exit 8 to Wahiawa. Continue to Kamehameha Highway (99). Dole Plantation is located at 64-1550 Kamehameha Highway, approximately a 40-minute drive from Waikiki.
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