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Dole Pineapple Plantation, Wahiawa, Hawaii

64-1550 Kamehameha Hwy, Wahiawa, Hawaii

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  • Submitted: May 9, 2012
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Don't let your kids go on their own--it's easy to get lost, and claustrophobes need not apply.

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Submitted by: Christine R.

Neat little train ride through the plantation and its history.  The gift shop is full of goodies and unique vendors.  We enjoyed the fresh pineapple cutting demonstration.  Our so...

Submitted by: Nina U.

I really don't understand the craze for the Dole Whip. It's not even a craze...it's more like an addiction. Everyone loves it and they stop here just to get it. I think they are wayyyy too generous. I want a little kids cone. That's what I want and I would be perfectly happy. The store is touristy but the Dole Whip is worth it. And then you can walk outside and look at all the different types of pineapple plants...yes they grow out of the grown from plants, not on trees. Do you know how heavy a pineapple is? It would sag down a whole tree and imagine if it got ripe way up there and fell down? It would not only konk you out worse than a coconut, but it also has spikes and that would not feel good at all! Yes ...

Submitted by: Su-Lynn T.

This is probably my third time to Dole plantation over the course of 20 years. I had done the train ride and the maze on previous visits. They were OK - it's more fun when you are a kid! BUT, this time I pretty much spent the entire time in the gift shop. It's like a one stop shop! It aint no Hilo Hattie's or Don Quijote but I think their stuff is slightly better curated :) Yes it's touristy and they do drop bus loads of people off, but this gift store is big, so there is plenty of room, and they actually have interesting, quality gifts, no cheapies here. You'd expect most of the things to be overpriced but they were actually pretty reasonable. I bought a few things as gifts which were cheaper at Dole than i...

Submitted by: Angela M.

Dear Dole Plantation, Despite the fact that it is a relatively dull supposedly twenty minute train ride through what is mostly dirt spotted with a few local plants and some wooden cut outs, my five year old is completely enamored by your train.  He finds every second thrilling beyond belief.  I think this is due to the presence of a real engine and real tracks though he seems to find the mall trains thrilling as well.  I think he generally lacks discernment in this area...  We are using your train as an effective "reward" for completing his after school workbooks and it is effectively making the educational activity seem more like supportive parenting and less like forceful asian parenting, so thank you for ...

Submitted by: Earl G.

Worth a stop for killing an hour or so on your way up to the North Shore. We've never been so it was worth it.   Didn't do the tour but there's enough free/inexpensive things to do to get the full Dole experience. - Shared a dole whip $5.50 (pineapple/vanilla swirl soft serve with fresh pineapple and grated coconut). Their signature dish was surprisingly just OK. ( http://www.yelp.com/bi... )  menu ( http://www.yelp.com/bi... ) - Pineapple people cutout photo ops.   - Fed some koi fish from their large pond. ( http://www.yelp.com/bi... ) - Walked around their mini pineapple plantation of pineapple plants from around the planet (PPPPP). I always thought they grew like coconuts? ( http://www.yelp.com/bi... ) -...

Submitted by: Joy V.

Why oh Why do i always subject myself to going here when my friends and family are visiting the island? Ok, the only thing really to do here is: 1) Dole Whip: It taste good, it's worth there experience to try it if you've never tried it, but personally i'd rather spare myself from eating those extra calories and use them at a yogurtland instead. 2) Plantation Tour: Your in a train listening to a person talk to you about how the soil in Hawai'i is great for growing pineapple, and why the dirt is so red. 3) The maze: Cool idea at first and they make it seem funner by adding a kind of scavenger hunt to it, but if i was a tourist and only had so many days on this island i don't think i'd want to waste 1-2 of my ...

Submitted by: EurJean C.

I can see why this place is labeled a tourist trap, but I'd like to think we escaped relatively unscathed.  We didn't pay for the tour/train/maze, but walked around the free garden/giftshop, took pictures in the pineapple picture frame things (you stick your head in th...

Submitted by: Tara K.

I'm thinking the other reviewers must have come with kids...  As two 30-somethings, this tourist trap is rather lame.  We did the train tour (huge waste of money) and the maze (kinda fun, but crazy difficult and be prepared to sweat!).  The gift shop is pretty expansive, but I didn't see the need to bri...

Submitted by: Jimmy K.

I loved the pineaplle ice cream. Very warm and welcoming place. The ...

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