Dole Plantation

Hawaii's historic Dole Plantation is one of Oahu's best and most popular attractions, welcoming more than one million visitors a year.       

The world-famous Dole Plantation on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu is located outside Wahianwa town along the way to Oahu’s North Shore. Visitors can explore the Dole Plantation gift store for local favorites, food and refreshments like the world-famous DoleWhip®, a soft-serve dairy-free frozen dessert. The Plantation Center showcases informational displays and presentations (expert pineapple cutting) and history exhibits.

What's more, Hawaii's "Complete Pineapple Experience" offers fun activities for the whole family. Featured events include touring the eight Plantation Gardens, riding the Pineapple Express Train, and exploring the Pineapple Maze. Guests can also stop for a quick lunch at the delicious Plantation Grille.

Fun Fact: The pineapple (tough on the outside and sweet on the inside) got its name because it looks like a pinecone. A pineapple’s Hawaiian name is Halakahiki.

Dole Plantation Tours & Activities

In addition, visitors can customize their tours, and the lengths can vary from one hour to a full day, depending on the activities.

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 Plantation Garden Tour

The Dole Plantation offers eight "mini-gardens": Life on the Plantation, Native Species Garden, Irrigation, North Shore Agriculture, Bromeliad Garden, Ti Leaf Garden, Lei Garden and Hibiscus Garden. The tour displays the colorful cacao pods to make Wailea’s signature single estate chocolate and highlights other tropical delights from coffee to exotic fruit to gorgeous Hawaiian lei flowers. This tour takes about an hour to complete.

Tickets:

  • Adults: $7.25
  • Children (Ages 4-12) $6.50
  • Kama’aina/Military: $6.75
  • Hawaii Resident Student: $6.25

Pro Tip: Download the free Dole Plantation app to hear local folklore and ancient Hawaiian history.

Pineapple Garden Maze

This hedge maze stretches over three acres and includes two 1.5 miles of paths designed from 14,000 colorful Hawaiian tropical plants, including hibiscus, heliconia, croton, and Panax. Eight secret stations lead visitors to the mystery at the heart of the giant labyrinth. Known for being one of only a handful of permanent botanical mazes in America, this 40-minute tour is one of the few times you’ll enjoy getting lost! When viewed from the air, you can see the shape of a large aloha shirt with a pineapple motif in the center.

photo credit: I Love Hawaii via Facebook

Fun Fact: The Plantation Maze holds the title “World’s Largest Maze,” named in the 2008 Guinness Book of World Records. The botanical maze is fun and challenging, with a record 3.11 miles of paths.

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Pineapple Express Train Tour

The Pineapple Express is a narrated twenty-minute two miles train excursion of family fun. Visitors can learn about the pineapple’s inception and how James Drummond Dole founded an agricultural empire. The vintage train takes guests around the Dole Plantation, past several acres of diversified agriculture and actively worked pineapple fields with incredible views of Oahu’s picturesque mountains on both sides.

Tickets:

  • Adults: $12.00
  • Children (ages 4 to 12) $10.00
  • Kama’aina/Military: $12.00
  • Group Tours (25 or more) $10.50
  • (Children four and under are free)

Pro Tip: Check the Dole website for tour packages and group rate specials.

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Plantation Grille

The Dole restaurant features a wide array of island favorites like teriyaki chicken, Kalua Pork, and Loco Moco, a contemporary Hawaiian cuisine that consists of a fried egg, served with brown gravy over a hamburger and white rice. The Grille also offers traditional American fare such as hot dogs, cheeseburgers, and pizza.

Plantation Gift Shop

The Plantation Gift Shop features Dole logo items and local products such as candies, cookies, coffee, nuts, chocolates, jams, specialty foods and sauces. You’ll also find great t-shirts, Hawaiian music, toys, dolls and other unique souvenirs.

Pro Tip: You can have your pineapples shipped back home for you!

Dole Plantation History

Plantation founder James Drummond Dole, “The King of Pineapple,” quickly turned the exotic fruit into a household staple. In 1922 Dole purchased the Hawaiian Island of Lana` and created the largest pineapple plantation in the world with 20,000 farmed acres and a planned plantation village to house over 1,000 workers and their families.

In fact, the Plantation’s humble beginnings started as a fruit stand in 1950. By 1989, the stand transformed into a plantation home and opened to the public.

people standing around ground exterior view of the Dole Plantation building in Oahu, Hawaii, USA

photo credit: Kittie Travel via Facebook

Dole’s Hawaiian Pineapple Company, now known worldwide as the Dole Food Company, first produced around 45,000 cans per season but quickly grew to nearly 5 million cans of fruit and juice per day by 1957. Dole's 61-acre piece of land in Wahiawa became an agricultural empire stretching worldwide.

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Fun Fact: Sailors brought home pineapples to their own countries and displayed them on their porches to mark their return from foreign ports. Christopher Columbus took the exotic prize back to Italy.

Dole Plantation Hours

The Plantation is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (The Plantation is closed on Christmas Day.)

The Dole Plantation does not take reservations and does not offer advance ticket sales. Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis and can be purchased at the Maze or Train ticket booths.

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Directions

From the Oahu Airport or Waikiki, hop on H-1 West, and transfer to H-2 North (Exit 8A). From H-2 take Exit 8 to Wahiawa. Continue to Kamehameha Highway (99). The Dole Plantation is about a 40-minute drive from Waikiki.

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