"Dole Pineapple is NOT Worth Losing Beach Time" Top 5 Page for this destination Dole Pineapple Tip by AKtravelers
Dole Pineapple, Oahu: 6 reviews and 9 photos
One of the most beautiful sites in Oahu used to be looking over vast pineapple fields as they reach towards the mountains. As late as 2002, the top of the broad central plain was devoted almost entirely to cultivating the fruit long associated with Hawaii. Often, passing rainstorms would leave rainbows to accentuate the rows of spiny leaves in the dark red clay. However, don't think this means that the Dole pineapple plantation is worth your time.
The first time I went, I was tricked into visiting it by a friend who raved about the pineapple ice cream there. I love ice cream. I'll do almost anything for ice cream. But this wasn't good ice cream -- not nearly creamy enough!! And the rest of the plantation disappointed, too. There was more to buy than there was to see. You could take the Pineapple Express train for a short narrated tour that describes how to grow a pineapple and how important the Dole family was to Hawaii. Or you can take the garden tour where you get to plant your own pineapple (yeah! free labor for Dole!). But mostly, you can regret spending time here!
Interestingly, pineapples must be planted and harvested by hand, as no one has yet invented the right equipment. That's why the industry is dying in Hawaii -- cheaper labor costs in the Philippines and Thailand make it difficult for Hawaii's pineapples to compete. Del Monte closed its Hawaii operations in 2007. When Dole goes, this plantation will be even more of a tourist trap!
Unique Suggestions: If you must go here, go here with a sunburn. I don't mean fry your skin just to go here, but that if you have overdone it on the beach and you need to find something to do that shields your red skin from the sun, this might be it, as the Wahiawa area is often cloud-covered and rainy. But then again, there are other alternatives on the island, too.
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