For a fun look at Hawaii's famed pineapple industry, head to where it all started — the Dole Plantation. Take a narrated train ride and learn about all things pineapple. Then wander the picturesque gardens to see what sumptuous tropical crops grow here.
A trip to the Dole Plantation is a must for visitors to Oahu, and the Dole Plantation Pineapple Express train is a great way to learn about the history of the pineapple and the story of James Dole, pioneer of the pineapple industry in Hawaii. This two mile, 20 minute, fully-narrated train ride takes you past some of the North Shore's most gorgeous scenery, through a working plantation and past a variety of other tropical crops.
Included in your admission is the Plantation Garden Tour and audio guide. Visitors have the unique opportunity to get an up-close look at all the crops grown on Oahu's breathtaking North Shore—not just the plantation’s namesake pineapples, but also coffee, cacao, bananas, mango, papaya, and more. This self-guided tour of eight different gardens will appeal to all your senses.
See the dazzling colors of ripening tropical fruit and revel in the aroma of sweet ripe pineapples ready to be picked. You'll also see the cacao pods that are used to make Waialua's signature single-estate chocolate. Yum!
Train aficionados will be interested in the authentic detail of the Pineapple Express, which has the same power system as the full-size plantation engine, the Lincoln. It runs on 24 inch gauge rails and has a very tight turning radius of just 40 feet.
The Dole Plantation is a blend of Hawaiian history and island kitsch, which is all part of its appeal. Don't leave without sampling the pineapple ice cream or a Dole Whip drink, served in a cute souvenir cup. Made on-site with fresh pineapples, these drinks give you a true taste of the islands. Kamaaina (island locals) recommend the Dole Plantation gift shop as a great place to pick up souvenirs for friends and family on the mainland, especially artisan and culinary gifts like pineapple-flavored gummy bears, sugar-roasted macadamia nuts, or fresh-picked whole pineapples! Enjoy a taste of the islands and a ride through the beautiful plantation grounds that help to make Hawaii one of the most “fruitful” states!