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Hawaii — By byun on April 30, 2010 at 3:05 pm
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The Dole Plantation

I used to be addicted to Dole Whip, the famous and tasty pineapple yogurt, at the Dole Plantation in Wahiawa that I made it a point to stop through on my way way to the North Shore.  Not a whole lot has changed at the Plantation aside from it not being a functioning plantation anymore.  Now it’s just the one and only place in Hawaii where you can learn about the nation’s most famous pineapple company and the state’s history with pineapple.

There are four different things you should try to do when you’re visiting the Plantation:

  1. Take a ride on the Pineapple Express: The fully-narrated, two-mile train tour of the plantation takes riders on a journey through time.  You get to learn how pineapples are grown, why they’re grown in Hawaii, and how it’s become such a beloved fruit on the islands.  Tickets to ride are $8 and under.
  2. Take a garden tour: Stroll through the Plantations beautiful garden at your own pace, enjoying the tropical scenery and natural setting.
  3. Get lost in the world’s largest maze: Dole’s Pineapple Maze will get you burning the calories you accumulated during your Hawaiian vacation.  It takes longer than you think to finish this maze, so bring ample water!  If you get lost, you can cheat and find your way out by looking on a map.
  4. Try the Dole Whip at the Pineapple Grille: After a long day of pineapple sightseeing, take a cool break by enjoying a tasty Dole Whip or try another tasty item from the Grille.

Dole Plantation [map]
64-1550 Kamehameha Hwy.
Wahiawa, Hawaii  96786
Phone: 808-621-8408

Photo courtesy of cliff1066 and coolmikeol (Flickr)

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