Dole Plantation – Wahiawa, Hawaii
For the most complete pineapple experience in the world, you must come to Dole Plantation in Wahiawa on the island of Oahu.
Every age of pineapple-liker has something to do at the Dole Plantation. Main attractions are the Pineapple Express Train, Pineapple Plantation Garden Tour and, of course, the Guinness Record-holding Pineapple Garden Maze. Even non-aficionados of pineapple can enjoy the shopping, food and thrill of running around the labyrinth.
In 2008, the Pineapple Garden Maze was declared the largest in the world by the Guinness Book. Consisting of over 14,000 Hawaiian plants arranged into over two-and-a-half miles of paths, the maze covers over three acres. If you finish the maze in record time, your name will be printed on a permanent sign at the maze's entrance. Good luck!
Many variations of the unforgettable pineapple plant grow along the paths of the Plantation Garden Tour. Photo opportunities abound with pineapple in many stages of maturity, and well-placed giant pineapple stand-ups with empty spaces for your family's heads. A koi pond and other tropical plants complete the Dole Plantation scenery.
The custom-constructed Pineapple Express locomotive whisks families through more than a century of pineapple history. Learn about the history of this important agricultural product that is not actually native to Hawaii, and hear about James Dole, founder of the Dole pineapple empire. The Pineapple Express departs every 20 minutes for a fully-narrated ride through the Dole Plantation and the stunning scenery of Oahu's north shore.
When hunger strikes in between all the activities, visit the Plantation Grille for a quick hot dog, burger, salad or kalua pork quesedilla. Make sure you don't leave without trying the Dole Whip, a frozen dessert made from pineapple.
Inside the main building, you will find every possible pineapple-infused product on the Hawaiian market, and quite a few products that have nothing to do with pineapple, such as black Tahitian pearl fine jewelry, freshly roasted cinnamon-sugar nuts and locally handcrafted jewelry. Toilets and parking are both plentiful and free at the Dole Plantation.
Address: 64-1550 Kamehameha Highway, Wahiawa, HI 96786