The Dole Plantation

This past weekend the girls and I decided to take a drive to Central Oahu to a little town called Wahiawa. If you travel north of this town you’ll come across the famous Dole Plantation which “originally operated as a fruit stand in 1950. Dole Plantation opened to the public as Hawaii’s “Pineapple Experience” in 1989 and today they welcome more than one million visitors a year.”

It started out as a beautiful sunny day and the girls were thrilled to be out of the house. When we got to the plantation we decided to first take a stroll through the Plantation Garden which is divided into 8 different areas – North Shore, Hibiscus, Lei, Native Species, Bromeliads, Irrigation, Ti Leaf, & Life on the Plantation. Here we saw some beautiful flowers and landscaping.

Dole Plantation is also home to the World’s Largest Maze according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

It usually takes 45 – 60 minutes to complete the entire thing and Kacie was determined to give it a try. However, going through the graveled maze with a stroller was not really my idea of fun so I gave Kacie 30 minutes to go through as much as she could. Luckily, they give you a little map (and I mean little) in case you get lost.

photo courtesy of Dole Plantation

Then we were off to ride the Pineapple Express. This 20-minute 2 mile ride takes you along actual pineapple fields as well as other fields like mango, papaya, sugar cane, and lychee. You’ll also see the actual equipment that was used during harvest season. There is a recorded narrative tour that explained the history of farming in Hawaii as well as some great tunes from Manoa DNA.

And what would a visit to Dole Plantation be without some Dole Whip with fresh pineapples?

You can also browse through the gift shop where you’ll find Hawaiian souvenirs, local food items, gift ideas, and more.

Kiana decided to get a bracelet with her name engraved on it.

Kacie wanted her name painted into a sign.

Kaila got a smiley-faced stuffed Pineapple.

It was a long day filled with rich Hawaiian history, good food (the teri-burgers were awesome!), beautiful scenery, and lots of fun for the girls. It’s a great place for the whole family!

About the Author: Kailani:
Owner of An Island Life. A flight attendant and mother to 3 beautiful girls. . . living a blessed life in Hawaii.
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10 Responses to “The Dole Plantation”
  1. 1
    Crissa Robertson says:

    OMG! I love the pineapple plantation!! There isn’t another place in the world with such good pineapples and pineapple whip. You girls are so lucky to have gone. Until I get back there my mouth will just be watering.

  2. 2
    Desert Songbird says:

    The teens had an amazing time there, especially going through the maze. My daughter and her friend Martin did the maze in an hour, taking several wrong turns. ;) Thanks to this trip, my daughter fell in love with pineapple. Yay!

  3. 3
    gem says:

    YUM…Dole Whips…Had one for the first time about 3 or 4 years ago when went to the Dole Family Fun Day.

    My boys love feeding the fishies there!

  4. 4
    Beth @ TheAngelForever says:

    I still remember going to the Dole plantation in 1988. We were in Hawaii for vacation and the pineapple was the most amazing I have ever had in my life. So jealous that they have Dole Whip since Disney World is the only place I have had it.

  5. 5
    Pamela says:

    If I ever get back over there I’m going to put that on my TO DO

  6. 6
    karissa says:

    Great pictures and looks like a lot of fun! Tourists in your own town! ;)

  7. 7
    Motherhood on the Rocks says:

    I am so jealous that you live in Hawaii. My husband and I honeymooned there and I cried the day we left. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t wish that I lived there.

    I love your blog and your girls are beautiful!

  8. 8
    Jacqueline Griffin says:

    I think the Dole Plantation is one of my favorite places on Oahu! We loved getting lost the the huge maze! I do love the pineapple whips too!

  9. 9
    An Island Mom says:

    I never heard of the Dole Plantation tours until I read this post. Sounds like a great place. And oh my, your girls are beyond adorable. :)

  10. 10
    Lisa @ Oahu Mom says:

    We love the Dole Plantation and of course Dole Whip! I’ve never been through the Plantation Gardens, they look beautiful! We’ll have to pay them a visit sometime.

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