What began as a fruit stand is now a plantation that features a garden, maze and express train.
This is where it is all started for Dole, in the rural areas of Oahu's North Shore in Hawaii. It's a brand that has become synonymous with pineapples, when founder James Drummond Dole established the Hawaiian Pineapple Company in 1901. The Dole Plantation opened in 1989 and has become a popular tourist attraction, bringing in more than one million visitors annually. Learn how the plantation evolved from a simple fruit stand to a sizable plot of land, plus get insight into the agricultural history of Hawaii.
Relax and stroll the lush grounds on your own or take a 20-minute tour aboard the Pineapple Express Train. The locomotive travels a two-mile stretch during which passengers learn the history of the Dole company. There are also eight gardens visitors can walk through to view various plants that produce coffee, exotic fruits and cacao pods.
You definitely cannot leave the plantation without stepping into the Pineapple Garden Maze, the world's largest maze! It encompasses three acres and 2.5 miles of paths that are lined with 14,000 vibrant Hawaiian plants. Simply stroll through the winding labyrinth, or if you're up for the challenge, track down the eight hidden stations that will lead you to the center of the maze and earn you a prize.
Satisfy your appetite at the Plantation Grille, serving local favorites such as kalua pork, as well as burgers, salads and refreshments. This is also where you can order the famous Dole Whip. Stop by the Plantation Shop for specialty foods, souvenirs, clothing and more.