Dole Plantation
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
Founded in 1950 as a fruit stand, the Dole Plantation in central Oahu now draws travelers to its famous pineapple harvests and open-air Pineapple Express Train. Sign up for an educational tour to learn how the fruit of Hawaii is grown, its rich history, and agricultural practices. After that, stroll in the giant pineapple-shaped garden maze lined with 14,000 fruits. Don’t leave without buying some pineapples and sampling the original pineapple Dole Whip. The pineapple salsa and jam make great souvenirs, too. – Tripadvisor
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • wren52681
    Gaithersburg, Maryland245 contributions
    Don’t sleep on the gift shop
    I had read a lot of reviews about the train and how it was not a good experience, so we decided to skip that part. I had also read a lot about this being a “tourist trap”, well, yeah, but it is an experience you should check out. We did the maze and the flower garden. The maze was sub par, but cute and the flower garden had a lot of plants and different palms. There were banana, guava, coffee plants to name a few. It was a nice leisurely way to spend the afternoon. The gift shop was by far, the best gift shop that captured the experience of Dole. Don’t forget your dole whip before you go. This is a must and better than others on the island.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled with friends
    Written 12 December 2022
  • Clorissa P
    Farmington, New Mexico320 contributions
    Pineapple paradise
    The Dole plantation is a cute place to visit. But do yourself a favor, visit on your own. And NOT threw a tour company. The earlier you get there, the better. You'll have more room to shop, without the crowds. It gets packed around 10 am. Unfortunately, there was only 1 cashier working when we visited. So help is desperately needed at the store. They have a cute variety of souvenirs. Anything & everything Pineapple!🍍 Some apparel are only sold at the store & not on the website. As we found out the hard way. We inquired about a shirt size we wanted but wasn't available, so we asked the cashier about it. And she told us you can buy on the website. So we decided to buy via website. But it wasn't offered, so I inquired about the shirt. They said they can't sell anything that isn't offered on the website. That is a specialty item that can only be bought in store only. So I was disappointed. But the dole whipped ice cream with fresh Pineapple slices was awesome!! They have a small train called "The Pineapple Express" that goes around the Plantation. It was okay, but the family. In front of us was awful & annoying. They screamed and yelled during the whole train ride. So we couldn't hear the tutorial that was playing while the train was going. They also have a small restaurant/ snack shop that us located in the shop. It's a good stop, but get there early. To avoid all the awful crowds.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 December 2022
  • Billy M
    Papillion, Nebraska45 contributions
    Touristy Spot
    Nice little tourist spot. The tour was a little overpriced. But not a bad place. The merch inside the store cost a lot. It cost $18 for a pineapple inside the shop, but you can go to the store in town and pay $3. I wasn't down with that, but they have other odd and end things. They have an ice cream shop inside that's not bad to try. I didn't know until I went there that Pineapples come from out of the ground not a tree.
    Visited November 2022
    Written 18 December 2022
  • JanKB
    Grandville, Michigan2 contributions
    Informative and Touristy
    Some interesting information. Definitely a tourist trap. The train tour is a train wreak of organization. Too much time is wasted taking each passenger group’s photo. The trains could be loaded much faster without doing this. Just to sell you a photo. Go early!!!! Parking becomes difficult and lines get longer in the afternoon Don’t make this a priority on your vacation but if you have extra time, go for it.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 December 2022
  • Gavin
    Long Grove, Illinois30 contributions
    It’s good, but it’s crowded
    We arrived there later than we anticipated at 10:30, so that might have contributed to the crowds. Parking was extremely hard to find, but I understand why since this was a pretty good attraction. We first went on the train and since it was a long line we got some dole whip to make it better. As people who have gone to Disney world would say, “you can’t not get it.” They are correct. Best ice cream ever! Anyway, the train was very educational about all the plants grown and the story of the plantation. Would recommend, even if the lines are long. We also did the garden. Didn’t enjoy it as much, but would still recommend. We didn’t do the maze, because we have the world’s largest corn maze in Richardson Farm which is near where we live and we can just go there. Anyway, the only reason it’s not 5 stars is because of the crowds. If you can come when the tourism level isn’t as high, this would be great!
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 December 2022
  • Michele B
    Cochrane, Canada18 contributions
    Go just for the dole whip
    Like other reviews have said, it's a VERY touristy spot. We were there just after 9:30 (after it opened) and there was already a 45 minute wait for the train. The corn maze is cool but my son was really disappointed that there was so many entrances/exits. He said it wasn't very challenging. The main reason for going here was strictly for the dole whip. OMG you have to get it! It's unbelievable. Pricy but so worth it.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 30 December 2022
  • Bernadine
    Birmingham, Alabama26 contributions
    Do not bother!
    This is my first ever NEGATIVE review of anywhere. But do not bother! The 2 stars are because we enjoyed the train ride. We waited around for the pineapple cutting demonstration. When the time came, no one was there! There was no board that told when the next event would be. Some employee told us to wait until the top of the hour. We went to see and NOTHING! NO ONE!!! No sample of chocolate. No sample or demonstration of fresh pineapple! It was a shopping mall with tons of vendors (not Dole related)! I didn’t go to the Dole Pineapple Plantation to buy jewelry, pearls, aprons, handbags, or soaps!!! Do not even bother. Go to Old Town Haleiwa or North Shore.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 January 2023
  • sam c
    Ann Arbor, Michigan327 contributions
    Tourist Trap!!
    Some in our group were having a craving for Dole Whip and insisted we go to the Dole Plantation, big mistake! Drove for about 30 minutes to the plantation, which was swarmed with people, not a cubic inch unoccupied. Parking was a nightmare, probably drove around their lot for 15-20 minutes looking for spots. Got so bad that we decided we were going to just straight up leave if a spot did not appear in the next few minutes. To our misfortune, one did, so we stayed. After parking we went into the main building to get the Dole Whip. The place was basically shlock-city, one overpriced touristy item after another. The food court was a complete disaster, extremely long and slow moving lines. Portions were pretty big, but overpriced and frankly too sweet for my taste. Tables were first come first serve and people were very aggressive in claiming and retaining their spots!! Didn't want to spend another second there after finishing the dole whip, so we left immediately and didn't peruse anything else (but looked like there was a train going around the grounds, a maze, and other seemingly child-friendly attractions). Oahu has so many beautiful, scenic, iconic places to visit. I would recommend you spend more time taking advantage of an authentic Hawaii experience and avoid this place at all costs!! And as a capper, you can definitely find better dole whip elsewhere without going through all the hassle and congestion.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 8 January 2023
  • TSP2014
    Colleyville, Texas366 contributions
    Pineapple Ice Cream
    Yes this is a tourist trap. We went on New Year's Day and were surprised how many people were there. I can't speak for the maze, train or other attractions they have here. We had been here many years before when me and my siblings were smaller. We just tried the pineapple ice cream, which was very good (the pineapple seems to taste better here, than at home) and then bought some things in the gift shop. I've heard that the train gets very busy, so get there early if you are wanting to do that. This would be a good place to take kids, but just be prepared for crowds.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 10 January 2023
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33 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
Let’s begin with saying I warned my family this was a tourist trap. Was I wrong? Nope.

The paid garden: you just look at plants. Which is fine if you’re that’s your jam but still over-priced. You can see the pineapples growing on the plants for free.

The Dole Whip: we enjoyed the ABC machine stuff much more. To us, it had waaay more pineapple flavor. The stuff at the plantation was bland.

bathroom: the women's was gross. -smeared feces on the outside of the toilet
-there was a screw as the slider for the door lock
-the TP dispenser was painter’s taped together
-the floor was gross and dirty.

We skipped the maze due to the length. I know my 10 yo well enough to know he’d be either mad or bored by the time we made it out.

We got there early and still didn’t make it early enough not to wait for the train for an extended period so we just skipped it.

positives:
-my son really enjoyed the corn dog bites and hubs liked the fries.
-We also learned some things

Written 6 December 2023
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Sightseer779040
268 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Is this a really touristy place? Yes. Did we still enjoy our time? Also yes. If you are looking for an “authentic” experience this is not it, but if you are looking for something fun that you’ve never done before this can fit the bill. Go to their website to see the activities that they have for an extra cost. You can pay extra for the train tour, a garden tour, and a maze. For free you can just walk around a limited area in the grounds and walk around the shop. Parking is also free. They open at 9:30 although they opened the gates at 9:15 so you can go to get train tickets at this time. The train is first come first served so I recommend getting there at 9:15 to get your tickets and get in line to be on the first train. We did this and still we were not boarding the train until 9:50. A little after 9:30 they opened up the queue for the train and we filed in. Then they take every family’s picture which is time consuming, and then they board the train which is time consuming because each bench fits 2 people. There are about 3-4 train cars with about 7-8 rows each so the capacity on this attraction is very low. Once you are on the train it is a 22 minute ride so even though we arrived at 9:15, we didn’t get off the train until around 10:20am and we were on the first train. It is easy to see how the wait gets so backed up as they only have 2 trains running at a time. Definitely plan some buffer time to spend longer here than you expect. The train has a recorded narration and takes you very slowly to the plantation areas and around the property. They actually grow a lot more than pineapple and we were able to see all of the other crops growing as well. We learned that the red soil is great for growing pineapple and that once the cycle of pineapple grows, the field needs to sit empty for a year to regenerate the nutrients in the soil. When we went in November, whatever rotation or harvesting schedule they were on, it seems like they had literally just harvested so we did not see any pineapples growing, only the leftovers of the plants. It was a very chill ride but really the only way to see inside the plantation. Inside the shop they have a café area with food and drink. They also have a large shop area with tons and tons of Hawaii products as well as Dole merchandise. There are also many stands/stalls set up by locals kind of like a street market but in the shop which was an interesting dynamic. We purchased a bowl of fresh cut pineapple and a dole whip. They were quite expensive, but hey, when in Hawaii… They have some pineapple demonstrations as well at certain times. We could have spent more time here if we wanted, but we wanted to go to the North shore and do other things. It is only about a 10-15 minute drive from there. Overall we are glad we visited this time and we checked it off of our list.
Written 27 November 2023
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Jonathan G
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Nov 2023 • Family
What a racket! Massively overpriced store and nothing to see or do without paying very high fees and waiting a very long time.
The biggest waste of time ever.
Don’t bother the place is a tourist trap designed to fleece you!!
Written 21 November 2023
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Sharon M
11 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
Saw posted reviews about the Dole Plantation and agree with those that said that the gift shop was the best part. We did the garden and the maze; they were fun, but a little disappointing. I’m giving the benefit of the doubt and blaming this on the time of year. A great place to visit and everyone should see it and enjoy the story. Who doesn’t love pineapple??
Written 19 November 2023
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Edwin F
Calgary, Canada1,743 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
We drove to the Dole plantation from Waikiki, where we spent most of the morning. Parking was easy. We lined up for the pineapple express train tour and managed to get the third train. They run every 20 minutes. Visited the maze as well as the shops and restaurants in the visitor center. Worth the visit.
Written 18 November 2023
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Lisa W
Zama City, Canada103 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
The grounds are beautiful, we took the train and it was raining a bit, was reminiscent of the little engine that could … I think I can, I think I can!
If you are planning to go make sure you are out well ahead of closing time … the coffee shop closed 1/2 ahead and they were vacuuming around us to get the crowd out quick so they could lock the doors at the clock strike of quitting time.
Written 18 November 2023
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courtneycarlan2003
Homer, GA25 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
Such a fun and interesting place. We did the train ride and the plantation garden…it was only about $20 for both. Train ride was comfortable and they shared information about the plantation. The garden was beautiful and self paced. Be sure to check out the store…lots of goodies!
Written 5 November 2023
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Samantha C
Brisbane, Australia3 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
Oh dear, this is just one big souvenir department store filled with so many people. Long cues for Dole Whip and the train trip was so boring. Best to give this tourist attraction a miss. It was cheaper buying souvenirs in Waikiki.
Written 2 November 2023
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froglag
Spokane, WA1,373 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
We were on a circle island tour and the Dole Plantation was one of the stops. The gift shop is full of yummy gift ideas and treats. Along with the most delicious Dole whip ice cream treat. I don't know why it is not a marketed item in other areas, as I for one would definitely buy this delicious treat.
Written 2 November 2023
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BriannaW2323
Montgomery, TX194 contributions
Feb 2023 • Family
We were recommended to go here from a friend and we were disappointed. Not a ton to do or knowledge like I thought it would be. The train ride gave the most information but we didn’t find anything else to be worth it. Shop was huge and lunch was decent if you just want a shirt.
Written 25 October 2023
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