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.
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.
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.
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.
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.