Dole Plantation

Dole Plantation, Wahiawa: Hours, Address, Dole Plantation Reviews: 3.5/5

Dole Plantation
3.5
09:30 - 16:30
Monday
09:30 - 16:30
Tuesday
09:30 - 16:30
Wednesday
09:30 - 16:30
Thursday
09:30 - 16:30
Friday
09:30 - 16:30
Saturday
09:30 - 16:30
Sunday
09:30 - 16:30
About
Dole Plantation, located on the North Shore of Oahu, provides enjoyable activities for the entire family, including the Pineapple Express Train Tour, the Plantation Garden Tour, and the Pineapple Garden Maze. Also popular are the informational displays and presentations, as well as the plantation country store offering a wide variety of Dole Plantation gifts, local favorites, foods and refreshments including DoleWhip®. Fresh pineapple is also available for purchase.
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2-3 hours
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jjjet
1 contribution
Not worth the time or money
Jul 2021
Many years ago, the Dole tour included free pineapple juice at the front building, and a tour of the actual functioning pineapple processing factory, with the machines coring out pineapples, etc; and a lot of history.
I thought that's what I was going for. Nope; that's all gone now. What's left is:

- A giant gift shop. During COVID, you'll have to wait at least 1/2 hour to get in, for the privilege of buying things.

- A 15 minute train ride through the fields, with poor audio, stupid music, and not much to see. We could hardly stay awake. Not worth the hour+ wait in line, or the $12/person price.

I do not understand why people line up, and pay, for this.
Avoid.
Written 2 August 2021
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Jamin B
Orlando, FL20 contributions
Crowded from beginning to end
Jul 2021
Crowded. Parking packed. Line for train was 2+ hours. Navigated tour was another 1+hour. Line to get dole ice cream 30+ minutes. Line to get tickets for anything 30 minutes. We ended up doing the "maze" tour which we left half way through because it was hard to tell what was maze and what was pathways self-created by disgruntled guests. If I could I would give 5 stars to the staff working there -- you could tell they were hustling through the day as best they could. The issue is not the place but the massive crowds in Oahu. I'm sure if it was another time period it would have been worth the time and money -- but for us -- not so much.
Written 2 August 2021
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Neeta T
20 contributions
Skip this place
Jul 2021 • Family
This excursion was such a waste of time and money. It is a trek to get there, and not worth it at all. We waited two hours in a line to board a train that takes you through some fruit orchards for 15 minutes with a recorded guided tour. Needed to wait in a 20 minute line just to buy the train tickets.
We spent so much time and energy getting there that we didn't bail midway through the visit when we were so fed up, but in retrospect we should have left as soon as we saw the ridiculous lines to see nothing.
Our group had all age groups 2-78, and no one had fun.
Definitely skip this place.
Written 29 July 2021
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Janine D
1 contribution
Not that great
Jul 2021 • Couples
The employees were rude and not consistent with the COVID protocols. They would let lots of people in and later limited the number. Wouldn’t waste my time again.
Written 24 July 2021
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SWG
1 contribution
Tips to make your trip a success.
Jul 2021 • Family
We had a lot of fun but here are some pointers. 1. Get there at least 25 minutes before stated opening time. 2. You can get the combo tickets at the Maze booth for all the activities. A lot of people went to the train booth and there were only a few people at the maze. 3. After securing tickets do the train immediately. They start the train early. After we rode the line was incredibly long and it was only 9:50 when we got off the train. 4. From inside the store there is a lane for a dole whip behind the others on the far side. Most people didn’t realize it and waited way too long. 5. Use the QR function for the maze. It’s a lot of fun. Make sure you scan the start QR code as you walk in on the right. You have to start there and your timer begins. Our competitive family had a blast racing each other. There are 8 stops with QR code’s to scan at each.

Have fun.
Written 20 July 2021
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Chris Heim
Bethesda, MD197 contributions
Disappointing, Mediocre Experience
Jul 2021
Think "The Disney of Oahu". Why? Long lines (and we arrived at 10:00), child-centered experience, exorbitant prices, and huge gift shop. The train ride (top attraction) had a two-hour wait, so we skipped it, opting instead for the "world's largest maze" (it was fine) and the garden tour (we did it self-tour style, and the signage and audio tour are good, even if the sequence is at times not obvious and poorly signed). We also got some Dole whip dessert treats, which were delicious. Notably missing from this experience? The actual pineapples growing. They can be seen growing on a field across the street, but it was odd not to be able to see them other than out the car window as we left!
Written 17 July 2021
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Liz M
3 contributions
Waste of money and time
Jul 2021 • Family
The plantation is jammed pack, no social distancing, minimal masks and completely disorganized . After 2+ hours waiting in lines? We gave our overpriced tickets away. I asked an exployee if it was at 60% capacity and they admitted it was much more. It was so crowded, one could barely move in the store or food court. Terrible experience!!!!!
Written 15 July 2021
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Max
Boston, MA47 contributions
A pineapple-themed nightmare of a tourist trap
Jun 2021
We arrived about 5 minutes after opening, and thought we might be in for a fun little excursion. We waited in a short line to buy tickets to the pineapple maze and the garden walk. After 30 minutes of moderate fun in the sun (in the maze), we needed a restroom and some A/C. Unfortunately, we were told the only way to get inside (where the restrooms and water fountains are) was to wait in a line that already had at least 30 people in it. The staff was limiting building occupants due to COVID regulations, which is usually completely understandable. However, they were waiting for the building to be almost completely empty before allowing anyone in, even just to use the restroom or fill a water bottle! After 25 minutes of baking in the sun waiting to pee, my wife and I figured that we should split up so one of us could pick up some gifts while the other got dole whip.

Once we got inside, it struck us just how terrible this was going to be. More long, stagnant lines to order and pick up food. Then it hit me. All of the indoor seating was closed. You had to exit the building to find a seat, and then wait in line AGAIN if you needed to use the restroom after eating. Fortunately, I had another 30 minutes in line to get food to plan my escape route from this tourist-packed hellscape. After the cashiers double-charged my credit card, we got outside to find all of the benches taken as the staff had spaced the few tables there six feet apart (again, we get it, it’s a pandemic but it meant that there was absolutely nowhere to sit).

We both wanted this to work. We love pineapples and expected it to be kitschy but charming. We can’t fault the staff for enforcing COVID restrictions, but a few easy adjustments could have made it less of a disaster (i.e. providing water or food options outside the one building, or letting people inside as people flowed out instead of waiting to let the whole building empty out). Instead, we found ourselves warning incoming guests of what lay ahead as we headed back to the car looking for some way to salvage what was left of the day. We laughed at the fact we also had unused garden walk tickets -- the lines there exceeded 2 hours. Well played, Dole.

To sum it up: We were there about 4 hours: Lines to get in the building, lines to get in the maze, lines to get the food, nowhere to sit inside, nowhere to sit outside, half a day wasted to do a hedge maze, but hey, at least I got a mostly melted dole whip.
Written 13 July 2021
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Tracy W
5 contributions
Yummy Pineapple Dole Whip - long line and heat too much for the rest
Jul 2021 • Family
Pineapple everything is worth checking out but it was too crowded and hot to really enjoy. We stood in a long line to get tickets to the maze and garden. Took us a while to find all the markers in the maze. Tired and hot we went to get ice cream. Had to stand in a long line to get inside the gift shop and cafeteria. For anyone who hasn’t had it - pineapple Dole whip is worth it!! We ate and wandered the pineapple gift shop. I almost bought the dried pineapple before I noticed it’s all from Thailand. Disappointing. The line for the garden and train was too long. Overall it was a fun thing to do but wouldn’t go back in high tourist season again.
Written 13 July 2021
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osuddg
Broken Arrow, OK105 contributions
Train ride worth it
Jun 2021
We did he train tour, garden, and maze. The train was the best of the three. The garden is beautiful, but maybe not the best for small children. We had a teen with us who wasn't that into the garden. The maze is fun if you want to find all the images.
Written 12 July 2021
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