The Dole Plantation

The Dole Plantation was one of the first places I visited in Oahu, Hawaii. Who knew that a pineapple plantation would be so popular and so interesting? I was completely swept away with the history and the information that was held by this plantation.

That soil colour!

You may have heard of the world famous DoleWhip? If you have ever been to Hawaii then you have probably seen the Dole Plantation’s products all over the shops there.  Originally this product was being sold from a fruit stand in 1950 and the Plantation opened up to the public in 1989. Today it is one of Oahu’s most popular tourist attractions.

The Dole Plantation is the perfect family attraction, with activities like the Pineapple Express Train Tour, the Plantation Garden Tour and the Pineapple Garden Maze.

 

Banana Trees

The Pineapple Express is a two mile train ride that shows the Plantations plants on display. The train is a 20 minute adventure that is fully narrated so you get some of the story of what you are looking at and what the plants may have been used for.  The narration includes how James Drummond Dole founded this plantation and the history of the pineapple in Hawaii.

Pond in the Gardens

The Plantation Garden is the perfect place to just take a stroll. As you are coming up to the entrance of the Garden, you can download a free app (the Plantation provides free wifi) that will give you a free guided tour around the garden. I highly recommend downloading the app as it has a lot of useful information about the plants, Hawaiian folklore and Hawaiian traditions. 

Some of the plants in the garden are tropical fruits, cacao pods and the beautiful and fragrant flowers that are used in leis.

The Pineapple Garden Maze stretches out over 3 acres and has two and a half miles worth of paths. In 2008, this maze was deemed the world’s longest.  All of the maze walls are used by beautiful Hawaiian plants.

Inside the Maze

The Dole Plantation is a family adventure that the whole family will enjoy. Learn about the history of the Plantation, Hawaiian folklore and Hawaiian plants. A brilliant way to spend the afternoon in Oahu, Hawaii.

 

 

 

 

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28 Comments

  • Travel Lexx

    April 15, 2017

    I didn’t even realise that the Dole plantation was in Hawaii! Super cool and looks like a great experience, especially with the informative Pineapple Express tour and the beautiful gardens. Thanks for sharing

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      April 16, 2017

      Thank you. It sure is! I didn’t realise it either and was quite shocked at the popularity. It was a great place to check out.

  • Garth

    April 16, 2017

    Now Ive read about this place before, so I put it on our ideas list for when we visit Hawaii. Great to read about it more detail, the plantation gardens look like something I would enjoy. Have pinned to our Hawaii board 🙂

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      May 20, 2017

      Thank you for pinning it! You should definitely put it on your must see list in Hawaii, you will love it!

  • Sandy N Vyjay

    April 17, 2017

    The Dole plantation looks beautiful. The greenery and the colourful flowers make the place really enchanting. I have never visited a Pineapple Plantation and found this something really unique.

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      May 20, 2017

      It is such a beautiful place!! I highly recommend checking it out if you get the chance – it is magical!

  • Looks like a great place to explore. Before the pineapple industry moved to Hawaii, it was located in a town about 20 minutes south of me in Florida. They have a pineapple festival each year but I’ve never really seen any item/dish with pineapple in it. LOL

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      May 20, 2017

      I didn’t realise that it use to be located up in Florida! Haha, I would have thought that there would have to be some pineapple in it!!

  • corinnevail

    April 17, 2017

    We loved visiting the pineapple plantation in Oahu. I love finding out about process, but really it was the ice cream that won me over!

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      May 20, 2017

      Oh me too! It is always interesting learning about the different processes for these sorts of things.

  • Anna | slightly astray

    April 17, 2017

    I went here! I didn’t do the Express though and I didn’t know there was an app to download. But I remember walking through this little garden thing and being amazed at all the varieties of pineapples. I had never seen a pineapple plant before coming here. And of course, we finished this trip with some Dole whip!

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      May 20, 2017

      It is such a cool place to go. Maybe the app is a newer thing they have introduced? It is amazing at the different types they have, I didn’t realise there was was such a large variety.

  • gokulr27

    April 17, 2017

    Looks like a nice place for a daytrip. Good that you get different tours inside the plantation.

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      May 20, 2017

      It was a great place for a day trip. I highly recommend it!

  • Castaway with Crystal

    April 17, 2017

    Looks like a cool place. I love the name Pineapple Express. I think it’s from a movie right? Anything to do with each other?

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      May 20, 2017

      There is a movie called the Pineapple Express but it has Seth Rogen in it, so not really anything to do with each other haha

  • Dave (Silverbackpacker)

    April 18, 2017

    There is also a massive Dole Pineapple Plantation in Mindanao, Philippines. They have the sweetest pineapples i have ever tasted. The Dole Plantation employs many workers there helping with the unemployment problem.
    If i ever reach Hawaii, i will need to taste their produce to compare.

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      May 20, 2017

      I didn’t realise that there is a Dole Plantation in the Philippines. That is awesome that they are helping with the unemployment program. I wonder if they are as sweet?

  • Vicki Louise

    April 18, 2017

    What a cool place! And I love that the tour is called the Pineapple Express, such a great play on words!

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      May 20, 2017

      I thought so as well!It was such an awesome place to check out.

  • Carmen's Luxury Travel

    April 18, 2017

    My kids and I would love this! I didn’t realize it was in Hawaii but it makes sense 😉 Love dolewhip. Great post, thanks for sharing!

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      May 20, 2017

      Thank you for the comment! I highly recommend it for the kids as well. It is such good fun 🙂

  • Nathan

    April 18, 2017

    I would totally visit this place during my visit! I’ve seen pineapple plantations in other countries but I’ve never toured one. I think it would be interesting.

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      May 15, 2017

      It was really interesting! I would highly recommend going to check one out.

  • Shona @ paraphernalia.co

    April 20, 2017

    Very cool. The app sounds like a must-have to learn about the plants and culture. I’d never heard of this. Thanks for sharing.

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      May 20, 2017

      No worries! I definitely recommend the app as it just has so many cool little stories that you just wouldn’t know about unless you had it!

  • Siddharth and Shruti

    April 21, 2017

    Beautiful! Is there are particular season for visiting? Or can you visit all year round? A free guided tour! Count us in!

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      May 15, 2017

      You can visit the park all year round. It is the perfect place to get a free tour on the app around the garden. Plus so many extra add ons!

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