World famous the Dole Pineapple Plantation Hawaii is one of the most popular, and distinct Oahu attractions. A trip to the Dole Pineapple Plantation is easily incorporated into a fun day trip. Conveniently located near the historic town of Haleiwa and a great stop on the way back from Oahu's breathtaking northern region, take some time out to enjoy the Pineapple Experience. Driving from Honolulu will take about 45 minutes and from Waikiki only a few minutes more.
There are a number of fun things to do when visiting
the Dole Plantation Hawaii. The Pineapple Express offers
s fully narrated journey around the Dole Pineapple Plantation
grounds. Visitors will learn about the history of pineapples
in Hawaii and why the fruit flourishes there. Agricultural
aspects of the narration explain the chemistry behind
the fertile soil and also tells the compelling tale of
James Dole, the man behind the pineapples and the initial
success of the Dole Plantation. During the two-mile train
ride scenic vistas of the North
Shore will have you breathless.
The Dole Plantation also features the Pineapple Garden Maze one of the largest, and most beautiful, mazes ever created. It enjoyed a spotlight in the Guinness Book of World Records for biggest maze in the world. Turn every corner and enjoy an adventure through bright green hedges painstakingly created with twists and turns that will have you fervently looking for the way out! The Garden Maze at the Dole Plantation Hawaii incorporates a path more than 1.5 miles and covers more than two acres. It's designed with vibrant native plants, including colorful varieties of hibiscus which are the official flower of Hawaii.
While at the Dole Pineapple Plantation, take the Plantation Garden Tour which is a journey of the sense and will appeal to every one you have! During the trip through the Dole Plantation Hawaii gardens visitors enjoy a close-up look at hundreds of native plants and trees and many varieties not native to the country. Crops are emblazoned along the North Shore at the Dole Plantation including coffee, bananas, cacao, papaya, mango and lei flowers typically found in Hawaii, especially during Oahu luaus.
The Dole Pineapple Plantation Hawaii Visitors Center is a great place to take some time out and relax. The old plantation blueprint is used to create more authenticity to the building, incorporating a design often featured in Hawaii's past. The gift shop is great fo shopping for souvenirs and unique, pineapple-related gifts. The center also features a large sized lanai infused with snack and beverage carts so visitors can grab a drink or a bite to eat and enjoy the view.
Though it isn't complete certain when the pineapple
began growing in Hawaii historians say that a shipwreck,
originally from Mexico,
on Big Island brought with it plants, tools, garments and pineapples.
Early Spanish explorers than began planting pineapples
and other fruits. Jim Dole pioneered the pineapple industry
later on, after plenty of testing with the fruit had been
done, and came to be known as the Pineapple King when
he established the Dole Pineapple Plantation Hawaii.
Each activity at the Dole Pineapple Plantation Hawaii does cost a minimal fee. Oahu tours can be arranged at the Dole Plantation Hawaii to visit each attraction for a collective savings. Activities can be enjoyed daily from 9:00am to 5:00pm. When looking for things to do near the plantation visitors can take the drive along the H-2 through the central valley and stop at Pearl Harbor, or continue along the incredibly scenic route through the heart of Oahu and field that stretch all the way to the Waianae Mountains and beyond as the ocean is revealed in the distance.