Dole is not an unusual name to anyone; especially if you are big fan of fruits like me as they are one of the largest fruit exporters, if not the largest, in United States and the world.
Originally a fruit stand in the 1950s, the plantation opened its doors to the public in the late 1980s; in 1989 to promote their pineapples and becoming the icon of Hawaii.
(Pineapples are often associated with a Hawaiian vacation and Dole Plantation is the reason behind that)
The vast area of the pineapples plantation could be spotted when one is driving along the highway, and the scene reminds me a little of our southern state; Johor which is also the land of pineapples.
Dole Pineapple Plantation
There are many tours and activities offered at the plantation; including that of a plantation/garden tour, the pineapple maze, the pineapple express or if you are just dropping by, like what we did, you can spend an approximate of 30 minutes browsing through their pineapple merchandise outlet which had almost everything in the pineapple flavor; besides the fresh fruits themselves that is.
One can find the pineapple soaps, shower gels, shampoos, candles, tupperware, pineapple jam, pineapple cookies/biscuits, concentrated juices, syrup and even pineapple ice-cream!
I regret that my hubby did not get his chance to try out the pineapple ice-cream there, or I would have a perfect picture to share right now, bummer!
Anyway, what beats the fruit themselves in their original form than made into flavors?
One must not miss paying honor to one of the icons/mascot of Hawaii when traveling there; and Dole Plantation says it all with their long history and their bright yellow fruit!:-)