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All About Dole Plantation


If you love pineapples (and even if you don’t!) a trip to the Dole Plantation is in order. As Hawaii’s Complete Pineapple Experience, this amazing place is open seven days a week. You can get into the plantation for free, but there are many attractions that are priced separately. It’s chock full of activities, attractions, and so much more, making it a great place to stop on your tours or even spend the good part of a day.

Pineapple Express

Hop on board the Pineapple Express to get treated to a narrated 20-minute train tour that explores the history of the pineapple in Hawaii. You won’t believe its extensive history, or how James Drummond Dole founded this empire many decades ago to become what it is today.

Plantation Garden Tour

This self-guided tour will educate you on all aspects of the pineapple – how it grows, what climates it likes, and how long it takes to get ripe. This educational tour will show you more than you ever thought possible about this tangy fruit. There are eight gardens to walk through, with information accompanying your every step through state-of-the art audio wands.

World’s Largest Maze

It’s no joke: this pineapple garden maze was designated as the world’s largest maze in 2008, spanning three acres and two and a half miles of paths made from 14,000 native plants. Get to the center fast, and you could win a prize.

Plantation Grille

Ready to re-charge? Head to the Plantation Grille serving up island favorites such as loco moco, teriyaki chicken and kalua pork. And yes, there are plenty of options for the kiddos, too, such as cheeseburgers, hot dogs, and salads. You can’t miss tasting the world-famous Dole Whip to get refreshed and cool you down.

There are party areas here where you can host your next birthday party or any other kind of celebration, with special packages available. Group rates are available. While the train, maze and other attractions cost a small fee, many things here are free, including admission to the grounds, pineapple cutting demonstrations and a fish-feeding pond.

Your visit to Dole Plantation is an educational experience for all ages. You’ll get some fun facts as well as practical advice. For instance, did you know that pineapples don’t ripen any further once picked? That’s because they get their sweet flavor from starches that come from the base of the plant. It’s best to eat a pineapple as soon as you get it home from the market. If you can’t eat it right away, put it in the fridge for a couple days until you can.


The Visitor’s Center is open 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily, the Plantation Grille is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and the attractions are open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visit Dole Plantation on your own or as part of a tour. Hoku Hawaii Tours’ Circle Island package includes a stop at Dole Plantation, so call now to book!