Riding The Pineapple Express At The Dole Plantation

Besides tourism, Hawaii is known for the pineapple. The pineapple is the island’s second biggest industry (toursim being the first) and at one point, Hawaii produced 80% of the world’s pineapple production. The pineapple king in Hawaii is the Dole Food Company and if you want to see how it’s all done, then you need to pay a visit to the Dole Plantation.

Originally operated as a fruit stand beginning in 1950, Dole Plantation opened to the public as Hawaii’s “Pineapple Experience” in 1989. Today, Dole Plantation is one of Oahu’s most popular visitor attractions and welcomes more than one million visitors a year.

The plantation features the world’s largest maze, a 20 minute Pineapple Express train ride, plantation guided tours and pineapple for as far as the eye can see. It’s very possible that after a visit to the Dole Plantation, you may never want to look at another pineapple again!

Dole Plantation

Dole Plantation

Dole Plantation

Dole Plantation

27 thoughts on “Riding The Pineapple Express At The Dole Plantation”

  1. d3so says:

    Are you going to visit all the islands? Did you get to smoke some pineapple express? 😉

    1. Hey D3so,

      John’s there for only a week or so. Judging from his previous posts he’s just going to stay on Oahu.

    2. Smoke some pineapple express?

  2. yes saw photos on flickr and was expecting this post.

    Certainly beautiful and attractive.

    1. PPC Ian says:

      That’s for sure, Hawaii is one of the most beautiful places on the planet. You just can’t go wrong with Hawaii – all of the Islands are unique and beautiful in their own way!

      1. You are absolutely right Ian.

        My favorite island used to be Kauai’i because of it’s lushness. But I really like them all equally precisely because it’s so hard to compare them as each of them has something the others don’t have to the same degree


  3. Kirk Taylor says:

    Looks like a great time. Enjoy the weather

    1. PPC Ian says:

      Yeah, I think the weather in Hawaii right now is like 80 degrees but it’s in the 50s here in the Bay Area. I guess I can’t complain though because it’s much, much colder on the East Cost. 🙂 One day, I hope to live somewhere with a year-round warm climate like Hawaii!

      1. I too would love to live in such a benign climate although from what I hear having it all the time makes people take it for granted and appreciate it less.

        There’s something to be said for having 4 seasons and looking forward to the spring and summertime.

  4. fas says:

    What music was it in the start?

    1. John Chow says:

      One of the music tracks from iMovie 11.

      1. Hey John,

        I didn’t know iMovie11 had music tracks. I can’t wait to use it. It’s on its way.

        By the way Hawaii now produces only 2% of all pineapples in the world. There are still plantations on Oahu and Maui now.

        I’m not sure if Hawaii ever produced 80% of all pineapples but until the early sixties they produced more then the rest of the world combined.

        1. John Chow says:

          The music is available in iMovie 09 as well. Yes Hawaii only has 2% now but dur g their hay days they control 80.

          1. Thanks John, I’ve never used the music option and was unaware of it.

            But the iMovie11 is so much better according to all the reviews that I’ll wait for it for two more days and then will start using the music option there.

            The pineapple story is fascinating. Apparently pineapple originated in Brazil and now Thailand and the Philippines are the top producers of it. It seems that the Dole company owns large part of the production there as well.

  5. The little “negotiator” is getting so big! She is such a doll.

  6. It’s important kids see where their food comes from so they can better understand the food chain — from dirt to plate and back again. What better way than to see it from a train and get pineapple ice cream at the end of the ride. Awesome!

    1. Good point Matt,

      I saw a documentary or a short report in which they stated that a lot of urban kids have no idea that food products grow or originate in the fields.

      It’s kind of surprising but when you think about it what are they supposed to think unless they see things grow instead of just seeing them in the stores.

      Sally is a lucky girl for many reasons. As for seeing things grow I remember John taking her into a corn field maze before too.

  7. Abhik says:

    I am sure little is Sally enjoying every bit of the trip.. 🙂

  8. PPC Ian says:

    Awesome stuff John, plantation tours are so much fun. 🙂

    1. I went by this particular plantation 3 times already and never stopped by thinking that seeing the fields was quite enough.

      John didn’t mention the fact about pineapples which is quite incredible. It takes about a year and a half and sometimes cose to 2 years before a pineapple is ready to harvest.

      Knowing that makes me appreciate them so much more.

  9. Russ says:

    Yet another great video! I remember when my daughters were that small; sure does go by quickly! Also, the music was awesome too! Thanks John!

  10. I don’t know if I’d ever tire of pineapple, it’s one of the tastiest fruits in the world.

  11. Nice pics, Hawaii does look like a unique place. Im not much of a fan of pineapple though.

  12. The scenery is amazing!!!!

  13. anitha says:

    Superb place to visit of the plantation to help us to know more about it in detail

  14. christina says:

    its will be more pleasant to view them in field

  15. anitha says:

    In our state they are going to open an mini beach

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