Dole Pineapple Plantation, Oahu

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    Why didn't I see a single pineapple in that field?

    by ArenJo Written Jan 15, 2014

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    Not worth going to. The dole yogurt is available at a yogurt place in Manoa that has better toppings. The food line was horrendous. The train line was an hour and a half long. None of the speakers for the botanical garden tour worked. And by then I didn't want to do the maze. The gift shop has lots of cool items though, things like pineapple scented candles

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    Stick your head in the pineapple!

    by joiwatani Updated Nov 6, 2011

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    That's not what I really mean. You can actually have your picture taken in a board that looks like a pineapple. They have these at the Dole Plantation for you to take pictures so you will have some remembrance at the plantation.

    The Dole Plantation also has the largest maze in the world. I actually didn't go to the maze because I am not fond of solving the puzzle - of how I am going to get out from that maze! I rather go to the fish pond of which I did and I fed a lot of koi fish.

    The plantation's pond was surrounded with papayas with their fruits riped. I was also more interested in picking the papayas...They looked so delicious! .

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    Visit the Dole Pineapple Plantation

    by joiwatani Updated Nov 6, 2011

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    My children love coming here. The Pineapple Garden Maze was a good addition to the place. According to the 2001 Guinnes Book of World Records, this maze is the largest.

    The Plantation garden is beautIful. It has a large pond surrounded by different variety of colorful plants! The garden has about 11,400 different tropical plants!

    Feeding the Koi (Japanese fish) is totally the best part of our trip to the Dole Plantation. The Koi would jump almost in expectation of feeding time! There are hundreds of them that the feeds we threw at them disappears so fast!

    Since it rained when we went there, we had to go inside the building for cover! There were shops and some fun stuff to do. We tried our luck opening oysters in the hopes of finding almost perfect pearls! The kids found three!

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    Dole Pinapple Plantation

    by malianrob Updated Aug 6, 2009

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    I have come to the Dole Pineapple Plantation at least three other times and thats way more than enough but my children had never been here so we decided to stop by before heading on to the North Shore. They ended up having more fun than I expected. We did the maze which is the largest maze in the world and made the 2008 Guinness Book of World Records. You start at a certain location behind the store and you get a map and a card that you can document where in the map you have been. The object of the maze is to get to these different spots on the map get your card marked and get the time you finish. On the card will be the time you started and you can see what your time is like and if you beat the person who has the record for being the fastest.
    The kids actually did pretty good and it took them about 45 minutes.
    From there we went to the Koi fish pond and fed the fish and took pictures there. There is also a train ride you can take here but we didnt do it. Its called the Pineapple Express Tour which goes for about 2 miles and lasts about 20 min. You do have to pay for this and for the maze separetly but its not expensive at all.
    At the Counrty store you can purchase souveniers and get something to eat. Of course they have tons of food made with pineapple.
    There is also a Plantation Garden Tour

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    If you like pineapples !

    by joanj Updated Dec 12, 2008

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    Included on our Island Tour was a visit to the Dole Pineapple Plantation.

    For us it was a whistle-stop visit, just enough time to sample the pineapple ice cream, browse around the shop for anything and everything with a pineapple theme -soooooooooo expensive%*.

    If you visit independently you could take a little tram like ride around the fields, and be given all the information you wanted to know about pineapple growing.

    While visiting the plantation you could also get lost in the World's largest agricultural maze. It is laid out in a former pineapple field.

    The maze was officially recognised in the 2001 Guiness Book of World Records as the world's largest, it contains 1.7 mile path covering more than two acres of red dirt and is planted with 11,400 colourful Hawaii'an plants, including hibiscus, helioconia, joyweed, panax and pineapple. There are six secret stations to find, and prizes are offered to those who complete their search to the finish in the fastest time.
    There is a charge for the maze, but the "Pineapple Experience" tour of the plantation is free of charge.

    Along the roadside you could see miles and miles of pineapples growing, all belonging to Dole.

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    It's Pineapples! Dole Pineapple Plantation

    by VeronicaG Updated Aug 5, 2008

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    Take the kids on a train tour of the plantation to learn all about pineapples or find your way through a 100,000 sq. ft. maze of greenery. Either way you just might enjoy visiting Dole Pineapple Plantation.

    The Maze is 8 feet high and was once the largest in the world. While it may take up to an hour to find the exit, others do it in minutes! Adults $6; kids 4-12 $4.00.

    The Pineapple Express educates visitors on a 20 minute train ride about the history of Hawaii and agriculture of this area. It runs daily from 9am-5pm on the half hour. Adults $7.75; kids 4-12 $5.75, under 4 is free.

    A Garden Tour introduces guests to the flora of Hawaii. Adults $4.00; kids 4-12 $3.24.

    Pineapples are the theme here--surprise, surprise! A well stocked gift/snack shop is also on the premises.

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    Pineapple Disneyland

    by savvygirl Updated May 30, 2007

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    When you think of Hawaii, you have to think of the sweet, tropical and exotic pineapple. Personally I think about cutting off the top, hollowing one out, and drinking a delicious libation from it...but hey, to each his own. The next best thing for "pineapple fun" is taking whirl around the Dole Pineapple Plantation in the center of Oahu. It takes about a half an hour of driving from the airport to arrive but I hear that traffic can get nasty, so plan for more.

    Parking, exploring the gift shop and gardens do not cost any fees so take advantage of the cost-friendly attraction. The Pineapple Variety Garden behind the gift shop features several pineapple plants from all over the world and there is a mini-train that chaueffers you around as long as you don't mind going 4 mph. A farmer’s market set up outside the gift shop, which sold locally grown fruits and vegetables and you can get your fill of pineapple cuisine. Chocolate covered pineapple wedges, pineapple smoothies, salad dressings, whole fruit, gifts shaped as pineapple people, pineapple strudel, pineapple bread, etc. After your shopping spree for everything pineapple-licious you can get yourself lost in the Dole maze. It's a day of fun....so allocate enough time to soak in the spiny yet delicious lil' fruits.

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    CIRCLE ISLAND TOUR --- DOLE PLANTATION -"MAZE"

    by LoriPori Updated Mar 15, 2005

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    Garden Maze

    With 1.7 miles of paths lined by colorful Hawaiian plants and over 100,000 square feet of space, this is a whole new way to "get lost". The Guinness Book of Records calls the DOLE PLANTATION MAZE the world's largest maze.

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    Dole Plantation

    by lashr1999 Written Dec 7, 2004
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    Very much a tourist trap, I would not buy anything there except the dole whip. However it is worth the visit to learn the history of the pineapple and have that yummy dole whip. Dole whip is available in other flavor now such as mango and strawberry. Take a ride on the Pineapple express and run throught the worlds largest maze.

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    Yummmy Pineapple Delight!

    by Kaylin Updated Nov 12, 2004
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    I'm a pineapple lover. It was one of the top things to do on my itinerary. Even though they had forecast to rain and that I would be waiting hours upon hours just to go visit the Dole Plantation, it was a must do item on my list. I actually ended renting a car and it didn't take me long to get there from Pearl Harbor. (Always remember to plan well in advance. I planned out each day and I printed out all the directions and alternate directions I can take from places to places. There are only a couple major freeways so it's hard to get lost. It was just us two girls but we managed.)

    They offer tours and a train ride through the fields for approximately $14-25. I didn't take any of the tours. However, I did go on the Pineapple Express. It took me through the fields. At the time it was barren so I didn't see much but you learn a lot about the history of pineapple. There's also a garden for everyone to see where they grow all kinds of species of pineapples from around the world. For you pineapple fanatics, I'm sure you will enjoy this. There's also a maze for children as well. We were on a budget and a time constraint so we opted not to do it.

    My most favorite attraction there has to be the Pineapple Delight. It was yummy! You have pineapple ice cream on top of fresh sweet pineapple chunks and coconut sprinkled on top. It was great!

    From their gift shops you can purchased all kinds of pineapple memorabilias, pineapple upside down cake, and pineapples to take home with you.

    My suggestion about buying pineapples is that you shouldn't. It didn't taste as good as eating it there. While you're in Hawai'i take advantage of every opportunity to eat the pineapple. It tastes so much better there.

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    Pineapple crazy at Dole !!

    by monika79 Written Oct 6, 2004
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    A working pineapple plantation that blends the old with the new, Dole teaches visitors about how the enterprise grew from a two-horse farm to the largest producer and marketer of pineapples.

    Also home to the largest maze has recorded by the Guinness Book of World Records.

    open from 9am to 6pm
    Admisson for the maze is $4.50 for adults; $2.50 for children

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    Dole Pineapple Plantation

    by geekgrrl Written Apr 6, 2004

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    Dole Pineapple Plantation

    The Dole Center has a lot to offer and is still growing. The main building houses the most incredible array of pineapple themed souvenirs. I have great fun just seeing what is here. Gifts are more expensive here than elsewhere, but it is fun to look. There is also a maze, a new garden, a train ride through pineapple fields, a koi pond, and a pineapple variety garden.

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    Shave Ice

    by geekgrrl Written Apr 6, 2004

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    Matsumoto's Shave Ice

    Matsumoto's is the most famous of the shave ice stores, but most any of them will do. You can get the regular shave ice is a huge variety of flavors. You can also have ice cream in the bottom of the cup before the ice. And if you really want to splurge, you can have ice cream, azuki beans, and then the shave ice. A rule in our family is NO SHAVE ICE in the car!

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    Dole Pineapple Plantation

    by Erin74 Written Mar 24, 2004

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    The front of the Dole Pineapple Plantation

    The Dole Pineapple Plantation is located in central Oahu, as you head from Waikiki to the North Shore. It is very popular with tourists and you'll always see tour buses parked outside. This is a great place to stop on your way to the North Shore or if you are traveling with children.

    Where the plantation stands, there was once just a small fruit stand that sold local pineapple. In 1989 it was greatly enlarged and reopened as a "Pineapple Experience." Several years after that, Dole completed a pricy renovation and created the tourist mecca that stands on the spot today. More than a million people visit the Dole Pineapple Plantation every year!

    There are a number of attractions at the site, including the Pineapple Express, the Plantation Garden Tour, the Pineapple Garden Maze, the World's Largest Maze.... plus lots of information about pineapple. You can buy and taste all sorts of different pineapple snacks here, including a whipped cream that is particularly popular.

    The Visitors Center and Plantation Garden are open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily.

    The Pineapple Express and Pineapple Garden Maze are open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.

    Admission to the Dole Plantation is free. All the other attractions range in price from $3 to $7.50. Check their website for current rates.

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    World's largest maze

    by evalynn Written Jan 18, 2004

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    Get lost in the world's largest maze (2001 Guinness Book of World Records). Ride on the Pineapple Express train and learn about the history of pineapple and agriculture in Hawaii. Enjoy pineapple treats and find unique gifts at the country store.

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