Once the hub of businessman and agriculturist James Drummond Dole’s dream to bring the sweet taste of Hawaiian pineapples to the world, Dole Plantation is now one of the island’s most popular tourist destinations. With over a million visitors each year, the Plantation offers an array of activities to suit all interests. Whether you want to learn about the cultivation of pineapples, to attempt to navigate your way through the world’s largest maze (created with thousands of different Hawaiian plant species), or to sample Dole’s tropical-flavored ice creams, there will be no time to get bored. Also if you’re up for a full meal, make your way to the Plantation Grille.
However if you feel like venturing into Haleiwa, the epicenter of the North Shore, I’d recommend grabbing lunch at either Waialua Bakery or Sprout. Both feature a solid selection of salads, sandwiches, and smoothies made with fantastic locally sourced produce (wherever possible).
But before you leave the Plantation be sure to check out the gift shop, which offers more than you can imagine—everything from t-shirts, Hawaiian music, pineapple treats, and other specialty foods.
If you are traveling to Dole via TheBus, click here for specific bus route information.
Note: Dole Plantation is closed on Christmas Day.