Dole Plantation

Mal and I got moving bright and early yesterday morning. We ate breakfast and then packed up our things for a road trip to the North Shore of Oahu.

Packed Up for North Shore

Right before we left our hotel room, we saw a beautiful rainbow from our balcony. It was a nice way to start the day! I love Oahu.

Oahu Rainbow

About 30-40 minutes into our drive, we came across the Dole Plantation. We didn’t originally have plans to stop there, but since we drove right by, we decided to stop in. Pineapple? Bananas? Sign me up! Plus, I wanted to see the pineapple plantation that the folks at the Dole Healthy Lifestyle Blogger Summit talked about.

Dole Plantation

Our first adventure at the Dole Plantation was going through the huge Pineapple Garden Maze””it’s actually the world’s largest maze! It stretches over 3 acres and includes 2.5 miles of paths created from 14,000 Hawaiian plants. It was cool!

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The “game” for the maze is to find 8 secret stations as fast as you can.

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When you find each station, you trace a stencil onto your card to show that you reached it.

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Mal and I only found a couple of stations before it started raining, but it was still fun wandering through the maze.

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Our next activity at the Dole Plantation was the Pineapple Express Train Tour, which was fun and educational. It lasted about 20 minutes and we learned all about the history of the pineapple and heard the story of James Dole, who pioneered the pineapple industry in Hawaii.

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We traveled though the pineapple plantation and saw a variety of other crops, including lychees!

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BANANAS!

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And, of course, lots and lots of pineapples!

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This is going to sound really dumb, but I’m going to say it anyway. I always thought pineapples grew on trees, but they actually grow in a bush on the ground.

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Check ”˜em out! It takes about 20 months for a pineapple plant to produce a fruit and another 14-15 months to produce a second fruit. Neat, right? I had no idea!

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Obviously, we needed to do this after the tour:

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Before we left the Dole Plantation, we stopped into the gift shop and bought a sparkly pineapple Christmas tree ornament and some dried pineapple chunks, which we immediately broke open as soon as we got into the car. They were actually sort of juicy for dried fruit!

Dole Pineapple Chunks

Question of the Day

Would you rather eat pineapple or banana?

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86 Comments

  1. Dole is not my friend as they support non labeling of GMO’S. They put forth lots of money to stop the law, but it passed anyways. Shame on Dole!

  2. I just visited the Dole plantation last summer! I had no idea either how pineapples grew — it was so neat to see them just sticking out of those bushes!

  3. That looks like such a fun day! I think in general I’d prefer bananas, but they have to have zero blemishes on them and can’t be browning at all.

  4. Did you try their pineapple puree thing? it’s supposed to be like banana froyo but with pineapple. Anyone I know who’s been just RAVES about it!

    …and in the ability to sound REALLY dumb, I don’t think I ever KNEW or THOUGHT about how pineapples grew?! Interesting…

  5. I just bought a fresh pineapple last week and it is my serious addiction! I could eat my weight in fresh pineapple. Every time I gorge myself I think, “Damn, I wish I was eating this in Hawaii right now.” Especially if it is knawing a whole pineapple like in one of Kashi’s commercials. I’ll remind you again how jealous I am! = )

  6. Pineapple is my pick, especially from a tropical location where they are so super sweet & fresh. Love bananas as toppings for my oats.

  7. I use to live right next to the Dole Plantation in Helemano! Oahu was our first duty station and we lived there for four years! We moved there when our oldest daughter was two months old and left Oahu when our third child was two months old! I love Hawaii!!

  8. hehehe…i think you mean lychee, not leeches. 🙂 some family on kauai have lychee trees in their yard and they’re supposed to be kind of a delicacy. delicious!

  9. I’d definitely rather eat pineapple, although I told myself this year I’d try and add more banana to my diet. It’s weird, I don’t like eating actual bananas, but I will eat banana flavored stuff.

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