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If you ask my kids where they’d most like to go on a Sunday, there’s a good chance they’ll say Dole Plantation. But, it wouldn’t be for the reasons you might think — sure, they love the maze and the scenic drive, but mostly, they’re in love with the pineapple ice cream!
A bit of history:
According to The Modern, Honolulu, “in 1899, James Dole, just 22 years old, moved to Honolulu from Massachusetts and purchased 64 acres of land in the central plains of Oahu. After trying several experimental crops, he settled on pineapple. This was the beginning of the pineapple empire. In 1950, a small fruit stand was created in Dole’s fields. A plantation-style home was erected in 1989 and turned into an archive and living museum, honoring the work and life of James Dole.”
Things to do:
Now, for the good stuff:
After a day of exploring, you’ve earned a treat! If you ask my kids, they’ll tell you it’s worth the hour drive just for the “pineapple ice cream,” otherwise known as Dole Whip. Me? I fell in love with the chocolate-covered pineapple, and just writing about it is making my mouth water! Here’s what I know: The best pineapple I’ve ever tasted was at the Dole Plantation, and I mean it!
So, how do you get there? You can rent a car and drive OR just book an Oahu Circle Island Tour and ask your guide to stop at the Dole Plantation in Hawaii. You won’t regret the stop or the treat. Trust me!
Posted by: Bruce Fisher on Apr 17, 2017