A pineapple growing in a field
May 30, 2019
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Maria Mancuso

Things to do on Oahu: Guide to Visiting Dole Plantation

Our ‘Guide to Visiting Dole Plantation’ introduces you to one of the most visited Oahu attractions.

When you think of Hawaii you think of beautiful beaches, waterfalls, rainbows and the people, but one other item is synonymous with Hawaii – the Pineapple.  During your visit to Oahu you will see the likeness of the Pineapple showcased on t-shirts, jewelry, signs, almost any item you can think of. 

But if you really want to experience the magic of this delicious fruit and learn about its incredible impact on the island of Oahu and the state of Hawaii, then you will enjoy a tour of the Dole Plantation.

This Oahu Visitors Blog article, a ‘Guide to Visiting Dole Plantation’ introduces you to one of the most popular visitor attractions on Oahu, the Dole Plantation. 

Dole Plantation
Location: 64-1550 Kamehameha Hwy., Wahiawa, Hawaii 96786
Telephone: 808-621-8408
Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Distance from Ambassador Waikiki Hotel: 26 Miles

About Visiting Dole Plantation:
The Dole Plantation welcomes 1.2 million visitors annually, making it the second most popular visitor attraction on Oahu only behind the World War II Monument and Arizona Memorial.

If you love Pineapple…or if you are a casual fan of the delicious, sweet fruit, you owe it to yourself to visit this amazing Oahu attraction.

Oh yeah, and there is this one popular item you will most definitely fall in love with at the Dole Plantation, the DoleWhip! More on this later.

Dole Plantation Location: 
The Dole Plantation is located outside the town of Wahiawa, near the North Shore of Oahu, which is an amazing destination you will want to visit as well.  The North Shore and the Dole Plantation are often two popular destinations that are enjoyed in the same day.

The Dole Plantation is truly an amazing place to visit, welcoming 1.2 million visitors each year.  The Dole Plantation is the second most popular Oahu attraction behind the World War II Monument and Arizona Memorial.  The Dole Plantation features several great things to do, see and eat during your visit, including the Visitor Center, the Plantation Garden Tour, Pineapple Express Train Tour, Pineapple Garden Maze, the Plantation Country Store, the Plantation Grille and more.

The Dole Plantation was started by James Drummond Dole and initially known as the ‘Hawaiian Pineapple Company’ but was later renamed, ‘Dole Food Company.’

The Plantation also offers hands on educational yours that include a train ride through the Pineapple fields with a narrated tour about the history of Pineapples, the agriculture of Hawaii and the impact this one fruit item, and sugar had on the growth of the state of Hawaii.

Maze at the Dole Plantation
The Dole Plantation’s Pineapple Garden Maze is the World’s Largest Maze that covers more than 138,350 square feet with a total of 3.1 miles of winding paths set on 2 acres!

Dole Plantation Garden Maze:
The Dole Plantation’s Pineapple Garden Maze is the World’s Largest Maze that covers more than 138,350 square feet with a total of 3.1 miles of winding paths set on 2 acres!  The Garden Maze is made of over 14,000 plants set in the shape of a huge Aloha shirt with a giant Pineapple in the center.
Guests enjoy challenging themselves to ‘solve’ their way through the Pineapple Garden Maze. 

There is an additional fun activity that let’s guests search for 8 secret stations throughout the maze and acquiring stencils at each station so that when they complete the maze, they can win a prize!  Guests who successfully navigate the maze also have their names recorded on a sign at the entrance of the maze.

Are you up for a challenge? The average time most guests to make their way through the maze is 45 minutes to an hour and the fastest times are about 7 minutes!

Plantation Country Store & Plantation Visitor Center:
The Plantation Country Store is the starting point of your visit to the Dole Plantation.  The Country Store displays items that would be found in a traditional store of a Pineapple Plantation from the early days.  The walls of the Country Store feature items that tell an interesting, visual history of the Pineapple.  The Country Store also offers many items for sale, including fresh Pineapples that can be purchased in a box and taken with you or they can be shipped to your home.  

Other local items are available for purchase including Hawaii-themed items, local chocolate items, spices native to the islands, candy, clothing items and more.

Sign for Hale'Iwa on Oahu's North Shore
The North Shore and the Dole Plantation are often two popular destinations that are enjoyed in the same day.

Dole Garden Tour:
For a look at how the harvesting of the Pineapple and sugar have contributed to the island of Oahu and the state of Hawaii, you will enjoy the Dole Garden Tour.  This tour includes a visit to 8 small gardens that each tell an individual part of the story of the Plantation;  North Shore Agriculture, Lei Garden, Life on the Dole Plantation, Native Species Garden, Ti Leaf Garden, and Hibiscus Garden, Irrigation and the Bromeliad Garden.

The Plantation Grille:
After a Plantation Tour, navigating the Maze and just enjoying the Plantation, you will no doubt be ready for a bit of food.  The Plantation Grille serves a variety of salads, sandwiches and entrees.  But you may want to skip all that and go right to a delicious dessert known as; DoleWhip.  This tasty treat is a very popular and after one bite you will know why. 

Dole Pineapple Express:
The Dole Pineapple Express is a custom-built vintage train that travels around the Dole Plantation on over 2 miles of track.   This 20-minute tour is enjoyable for the entire family.  Guests can see working Pineapple fields, beautiful mountain ranges, glimpse of the Maze and learn a bit about the growth and harvesting of Pineapples.

A visit to Oahu is not truly complete without spending a few hours at the second most popular Oahu attraction, the Dole Plantation.  We hope our article, ‘Guide to Visiting Dole Plantation’ encourages you to plan a tour of the Dole Plantation with a reward of Dole Whip which will make it all worthwhile.

Be sure to visit our Oahu Visitors Blog and Oahu Visitors Guide for more informative articles about all there is to do, see and experience during your next visit to Oahu.

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