Dole Plantation
Dole Plantation
3.5
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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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  • Rose C
    Mission, Texas28 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Non Hawaiian Pizza Fans will Leave Loving Hawaiian Pizza
    We had a blast here. It was surprising to see RED pineapples. The gardens were so beautiful. The food was sweet and delicious. We tasted a lot of items: classic Dole Whip, Dole Whip Float, Pineapple Chili Dog, Hawaiian Pizza and the Pork Pizza. Yum to all! If you try ONE, I vote the Hawaiian Pizza and that's because I DON'T EVEN EAT HAWAIIAN PIZZA!! I gave them a 4 out of 5 because the train wait was over an hour! Maybe because it was peak time. Not sure but I'm sure in the morning the waits are shorter. Maybe they should consider timed tickets to minimize the wait or get another train to expedite the line. There was ONE train.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 25 July 2023
  • Ardrey L
    33 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice setting
    The place we really nice going through the garden, train, maze was really cool. The ice cream was very good as well. The only downside was the lack of soap in the bathrooms there. The bathrooms should be maintained better especially since there are so many people that visit the place daily.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 July 2023
  • Liz A
    Newport, Rhode Island79 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Come for the Dole Whip, stay for the rampant colonialism!
    Come for the Dole Whip, stay for the feral cats and rampant colonialism. The train tour is so corporate, it's cringe inducing. Right down to the pop song about Dole pineapples. Let's just ignore their role in how Hawaii got screwed over. The only saving grace of this place is that the gift shop features stalls run by local artists and artisans. Plus, a lot of the items sold directly by Dole with their branding is locally produced.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 July 2023
  • Marc Angela S
    Charlotte, North Carolina76 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stop by and OD on Pineapple.
    stop by for pineapple over dose. great food in the restaurant, roasted nuts, pineapple education, So much fun items in the store and take a train ride or walking tour through the plantation. Get your fill of pineapple. Key point...wash your pineapple once you peel it.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 3 August 2023
  • ABronxTale
    Bronx, New York148 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Save Your Hard Earned $$ Go Elsewhere
    This is one big market to sell you overpriced Dole branded products, trinkets, overpriced souvenirs and snacks. There is a train ride through the farm for $14.00 per adult. My nephew wanted to ride and we spent 1 1/2 hours waiting on a line for the ride. I've been on it before and find it to be enjoyable and but nothing special. Another made up must visit due to the hype. In reality you won't be missing anything if you don't visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 August 2023
  • Mizmoe
    East Providence, Rhode Island431 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cute sightseeing stop
    We visited the Dole Plantation as a quick stop and for lunch. The train ride throughout the plantation was very nice. Lots of different crops growing in the fields. I would definitely recommend the train ride. Although the line may look very long, it does move quickly. We did not do the maze or the gardens. We do see the gardens on the train. Lunch was excellent and pretty reasonably priced. Dole whip is a must!!!!!!! Gift shop is very big and lots of really nice souvenirs. We spent about 2-3 hours and felt it was plenty of time. Tickets cannot be reserved and have to buy in person on the day you visit. I would recommend getting there around the time they open as it was very busy when we were leaving.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 August 2023
  • Kathy B
    22 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't expect much besides the gift shop
    We were expecting this place to be more than basically a huge gift shop. I expected some information about growing, harvesting etc. Nothing like that. We did enjoy the Dole whip but the line was long waiting to get it.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 August 2023
  • Mrh11280
    5 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    tourist trap
    no longer a pineapple fruit stand. long lines in hot sun to pay way too much makes people act weird. ended up leaving and buying fresh pineapple spears across the street at the factory food truck.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 August 2023
  • Kim M
    San Bernardino, California56 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quick & Easy Visit
    We did the train and garden. Nothing special, something nice to do and learn more about the dole plantation. This is great for kids and elderly. Arrive early, parking is limited. Train wait time can go up to an hour or more. If you’re going to plan this, plan other things to do in the North Shore as well.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 August 2023
  • oakes
    Fiskdale, Massachusetts2 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Walk the garden-avoid the chocolates
    The Garden was beautiful. The train line was too long so we skipped it. The food was just ok, but pricey. The Dole Whip was good, but pricey-split a serving it’s big enough. In the gift shop avoid buying the chocolate cover macadamia nuts & pineapple. No expiration date on package and when we opened them Later in the trip the chocolate was turning powdery white-like it does when it’s old. We tried it anyways and yuk.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 August 2023
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Kim H
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Our group arrived at the plantation at 2:00 pm. We purchased tickets for the train ride and was told thAt we had a 30-40 minute wait which we said would be ok. 90 minutes later we were moved to the train platform and then told that they could not get our group onto the train and we were instructed to go get our money back. The group organizer and I went to get our money back and the tickets that were issued two hours previously were not enough to get our money back and we needed to get all 16 receipts. The tickets had the date on them?? After getting all the receipts we had to fill out forms for the tickets. Some of the group had went into the gift shop for dole whips at which time the doors were shut and locked at 4:00 so the others in the group could not get into the shop. This was a school group of 16 and we were supposed to each get a pineapple and that didn’t happen. This was by far the worst experience we had while at Hawaii. Don’t waste your time or money.
Written 12 June 2021
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Lexy P
Vancouver, Canada135 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
We have been traveling to Oahu for the last 13 years. Dole has always been a stop for our family. Today we visited and quite frankly were disgusted with the state of the place. The store is a total zoo with tourists just throwing goods wherever. Everything looks disheveled. It’s packed. You can hardly move around.

The state of the grounds is gross. The pineapple maze is in massive disrepair. The spot where you can take photos is disgusting. The boards are completely deteriorating.

The areas outside where you can enjoy your dole whip are disgusting. Patrons are rude by leaving their food scraps and garbage all over the tables making it impossible for others to use the tables. The staff seems uninterested in cleaning up the messes that are made by rude tourists. Because of the garbage lying around the number of feral cats is gross they are everywhere eating garbage jumping on tables and making a mess

They need to start charging a nominal entrance fee or something because it is too busy, with too many rude tourists, and not enough staff to deal with them

The dole whip is the only redeeming quality of this place

If you aren’t driving by on your way to some other location, don’t waste your time. You will only be disappointed
Written 11 January 2020
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ag00
Portland, OR86 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
This was the worst experience on our 14 day trip to Oahu. Seriously surprised that a company like Dole would rip people off in such a shameful manner. the lines for the train and pineapple whip were 2 hours long. the lines to purchase tickets were 45 mins long so we bought the garden tour only. Shocked that they were charging to visit this 'garden' which could be walked in 5 mins with a 2-3 papaya trees, 10-15 pineapples, 2-3 plumeria trees without many flowers (you can see way more beautiful ones in the city). We took 5 pictures and left. So disappointed that we wasted 3 hours of our precious time. If you want to see fields of pineapple, just drive 2 mins north from the plantation beautiful pineapple fields. I am planning to write to Dole as well about this experience.
Written 12 June 2021
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Kelly W
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Family
Terrible customer service and method of running their train. Waited in line for 20 minutes before being told that I cut in line in front of another line that was outside of the garden tour/ Pineapple Express ticket area- the woman wanted me and my children who had been standing in the sun for 20 minutes to go back to the end of the line. Funny thing is, I had talked to her right when I entered the line too. Then, after getting to the overhang where people que to get onto the train, we’re held back from the rest of the group getting onto the train because of their spacing method on the train- the employee who sits in the caboose didn’t want anyone sitting in front of the plexiglass window pane separating her from the rest of the train. It is very frustrating to wait over 45 minutes to get onto a train, only to not get on with your boarding group because of bureaucratic mismanagement and wait another 15 minutes. And for being so focused on wearing masks, they take for purchase photo ops everywhere where people take their masks off. I would not recommend doing the dole plantation to people easily annoyed by contrary rules or visible mismanagement that does not focus on a happy visitor experience.
Written 18 April 2021
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Darlene C
Healdsburg46 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We made the mistake of visiting two days after Christmas and the place was a zoo. It was a 45-50 wait to take the 20-minute train ride, so we opted to take the garden tour costing $7/per person plus tax. It was a complete waste of money. The garden was repetitive.... the same bromeliads over and over along with paths to nowhere. Not only that, there were absolutely NO pineapples in the garden. Thats what we came to see and eventually found two small ones outside the "garden" which we could have looked at for free.
With all the people and the rain, we decided to simply leave.
Written 1 January 2020
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Derek M
Toluca Lake, California, United States48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
The trip here for the original dole whip is well worth your efforts! But it’s also so pretty here! Plus you learn about dole and how it’s made. Be sure to check out the pineapple carving demonstration and grab a piece when they offer it because you’ll never have a pineapple taste like that ever! Took the train and was neat. Do this tour on your own because if you do it through a tour group you won’t have time to enjoy the whole plantation as there are things to do. Rent a car for a day and drive there yourself! Well worth it because it’s cheaper than a tour and you can drive the same route and stop along the way!
Written 1 February 2020
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Sara M
Washington DC, DC112 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
I was excited to see the Dole plantation during our trip to HI, but I really had no idea what a tourist trap it is. There are long lines for EVERYTHING (tour, train ride, maze, entering the gift shop, restaurant), so you end up spending way more time here than reasonable - most of it just waiting.

The attractions definitely weren’t worth the wait. We did the maze, the train tour, tried the famous Dole Whip (it’s available other places on the island… don’t stand in line here for it… it’s also just pineapple soft serve - what’s all the fuss?), and walked around the gift shop. I really just don’t understand the attraction. Everything was overpriced and underwhelming. If you must stop here just to say you’ve been, I recommend being selective about what you choose to do, and limit your time so you don’t waste time in lines or waste money just to be disappointed. Unanimously, this is the one place my family said was our least favorite part of the trip.

The one reason they get any points, in my mind, is that it was obvious they were going to great lengths to be cautious about covid.
Written 15 August 2021
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alanwilliams99
Delta, UT6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Family
Visited the Dole Plantation 10 years ago and enjoyed it. Took the whole family (Aunts, Uncles, cousins, youngest being 6 months to 13 years old for the kids) here this week and vowed to never come back. Hardly no one there with the covid restrictions. Watched the pineapple cutting demonstration and she cut the pieces so big that it served maybe 20 people a sample. There were 8 or so people that had watched that were wanting to try but that was it. Cleaned up and left them standing. For hell sake, give all the samples you can give if you want to sale and boast your product! The dole whips are now $6.50 for your basic cone. Can buy the same thing anywhere else on the island for $3.00. The pictures they take of you are $35.00! No one buys them. Do 5 bucks and sell them! The train ride was the train ride. But now they try to sale you music cd’s during the trip instead of just letting you enjoy the ride and information. The lady driving the train did stop the train to get out and yell at a girl for not having her mask all the way over her nose. So our ride lasted a little longer. The gardens had really gone down hill since our last visit. Did not see one pineapple growing on a plant. And the the flower garden variety of plants had dwindled. We did try the maze and the kids enjoyed it. All in all it was an experience I will never do again. Makes Disneyland look like a trip to the dollar store. If you have a pineapple fetish then this might be your place. But for me I’d pass and buy yourself a $3.00 dole whip on Waikiki and listen to PPAP while sitting in the sand.
Written 6 February 2021
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Nostalgiyeah
Bothell, WA2,084 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
If you have kids, this can be a fun place to visit. There are multiple tour options at the Dole Plantation. We ended up purchasing a ticket for the Pineapple Express Train Tour and the Garden Tour. The train tour takes you around the farm, where they have different crops and there is an audio narration that one can hear from the speakers on the train. The narration not only covers the various crops in Hawaii, but also gives some insights into settlements in Hawaii and how trade developed over the years. There was a half-hour wait for us to get on to the train - they were following social distancing guidelines during the time of Covid-19. The gardens turned out to be small, although it had a good variety of flora. It was definitely well laid out, with a small pond in the middle. There are a lot of chances to take good photographs, for sure! I wouldn't term it awesome, it was okay to stroll through. There were informative plaques in the garden which had details about the history of pineapples in the island, life on the plantation and of the founder of the company, James Dole.

The Dole Plantation also has a store which has a ton of souvenirs and a lot of pineapple based options! I did like the pineapple whip, although I'll admit it is probably not for everyone's taste! The items in the store were definitely a bit pricey. I wouldn't rate it as a "must see" attraction, especially if there are no kids in your visiting party.
Written 24 April 2021
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TweedleDee
Huntsville, AL396 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Went here thinking it would be cool to see a pineapple plantation, maybe some production, sample fresh pineapple etc. Instead it is just one large store selling retail merchandise. The Garden tour is a joke and took all of 10 minutes to walk, the whole thing just was not worth the time or expense.
Written 8 March 2020
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