While living in Hawaii, I didn't have much time to enjoy the island during the week. Luckily, I had a free week open before I started my job so I could meander around and be a tourist. During that week, I took a trip with my sister to the Dole Plantation.
From Honolulu, the plantation is on the way to Hawaii's North Shore, so it's a perfect and fun rest-stop. It has acres and acres of pineapple fields, which you can tour on a cute and educational train ride around the plantation. Dole Plantation also has the Pineapple Garden Maze which holds the record for the largest maze in the world. It is full of plants and flowers that describe the islands, but also has pineapples growing at all stages for you to see up close and personal.
My favorite part, though, was the pineapple float I got to enjoy. Fresh-squeezed pineapple juice poured over pineapple ice cream?? YES, PLEASE. My second favorite part? Learning about pineapples. I love learning! :)
Pineapples are amazing plants. A pineapple plant can take up to two years before it starts to flower (grow a pineapple), and then up to another year for the fruit to reach maturity! And then, the plant is done, no more pineapples, unless you want to save the top part of the pineapple and do it all over again. Each plant only grows one pineapple, which can take up to three years! Crazy, huh?
This is the beginning of a pineapple. Watch out! Those spikes hurt. But it's okay, in 6-12 months, it'll be ready for eating! :)
The Dole Plantation is located in Wahiawa, which is basically in the middle of the island of Oahu, surrounded by mountains and farmland. I LOVED the location. Call me weird, but if I had the opportunity to live in Hawaii again, I wouldn't live near the beach - I would own my own farm in the foothills of mountains.