One of the things on my bucket list for Hawaii was to go to the Dole Plantation. I don’t even like pineapple that much but pineapples are famous in Hawaii and the Dole Plantation is like 15 minutes from our house so why wouldn’t we go?
We went early on a Sunday morning and decided that we would do the train ride tour. Blueberry’s baby sitter took her there a few weeks ago and Blueberry will not stop saying “all aboard! choo-choo!” so we figured that it would be fun for her and we were hoping Piglet would like the train too. As it turned out, they both enjoyed it. We got there within 5 minutes of the next train so we got our tickets and loaded up.
|the best we could get of all of us|
The train ride itself is about 20 minutes long and it says you travel through a “working plantation” but all the farm equipment that was out in the fields were all rusted over and had plants growing all around them. I don’t think it’s actually working anymore. But it was cool to see the different plants. There’s more than just pineapple growing; there was coco, bananas, sugar cane, mango, and a bunch of other stuff.
|Along the train ride|
Around the “train station” is a small pineapple garden. It was pretty cool to see how pineapple grows up close. Hubs had wanted to grow his own pineapple but they can take 2-3 years to bear a fruit and we won’t be on the island that long so we decided that buying pineapple would be the best way to keep up in pineapple supply. It’s crazy that they grow in little bushes, 1 fruit at a time. Can you imagine how many pineapple plants it takes to keep the world supplied with pineapple? I guess that’s why Dole bought AN ISLAND to use (now, they grow most of their pineapple in the Philippines).
At the end of the train ride, they had these neat cutout picture things. I tried to get Piglet to do it but my camera was too slow. Blueberry enjoyed it so we got a couple good ones with her.
Overall, it was pretty fun and only took about an hour and a half. The line was crazy so we didn’t get any Dole Whip but that’s okay, because we already have plans to go back!