By Stephanie Griffin-Ross | September 25, 2012
When you think Hawaiian fruit, what is the first one that comes to mind? Is it pineapple? Hawaii is famous for producing much of the world’s pineapple and it all started at the Dole Pineapple Plantation. As one of Oahu’s most popular tourist attractions, here’s a look at the wonderful things you can see at the Pineapple Pavilion of Dole Plantation.
Dole Pineapple Plantation
When James Dole arrived in Hawaii in 1899, the pineapple was a small crop that had been growing in the islands since the days of King Kamehameha the Great. But it was James Dole who saw the potential for the fruit as an export and revolutionized and pioneered the pineapple industry in Hawaii.
He grew the Dole Pineapple Plantation in Wahiawa on Oahu to become the leading exporter of pineapple in the world, and even went on to purchase the island of Lanai in 1922 to form the world’s largest pineapple plantation. For a long time the island was referred to as “The Pineapple Island” because of the seemingly endless pineapple fields.
What to do at the Dole Pineapple Pavilion
The highlight of a trip to the Dole Pineapple Plantation is a stop at the Pineapple Pavilion. Here you can shop for quirky pineapple souvenirs, get a freshly picked and individually packaged pineapple to bring back with you.
Cool off from the sun with the renown tropical treat known as “Dole Whip.” Smooth, sweet and creamy, you can get your “Dole Whip” with chunks of fresh pineapple or pineapple juice for a flurry of flavor!
Once you have your pineapple and a refreshing “Dole Whip” you should definitely explore the grounds. Right next to the Pineapple Pavilion are wonderful gardens growing a variety of pineapples. My favorite is the red pineapple because they are so bright and colorful. I can only wonder if they’re red on the inside too!
Join us on one of our many amazing Circle Oahu Tours that visit the Dole Pineapple Plantation and don’t miss out on seeing this popular Hawaii attraction.