Dole Plantation

2

Having lived in Oahu my entire life, it's amazing that I've never visited the iconic Dole Plantation on the North Shore. I always figured there must not be much to see...

Credits: dearjme

64-1550 Kamehameha Highway Wahiawa, HI 96786
(808) 621-8408

The Dole Plantation is hands-down, a tourist attraction in Hawaii.

Hands down.

That is why all of my life, I have never bothered to check it out. Gift shops, penny stampers, pamphlets, photobooths with a live pineapple never really suited my fancy.

But one day, I was feeling adventurous, and my love wanted to check out the plantation for one reason: the maze.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Dole Plantation has the largest maze. Visitors can romp around throughout this winding maze of high bushes, plants, flowers, and arches. There are little posts where you can stamp your card to show you found the little landmarks around the maze.

Sorry to say, but my love and I only found one post. How sad, right? It was not a fun experience – we were nauseous, dizzy, tired from the hot sun, lost, and sweaty. Talk about a fun date, right?

Anyway, Dole Plantation has a pretty quaint little building with little memorials telling the visitors about the history of Hawaii’s pineapple plantation.

Credits: dearjme

The other rooms are also air conditioned, which was a nice change after the horrendous maze incident.

Photo Source

So there’s a bird’s eye view of the maze, and anyone can tell, it’s quite large and spiraling. I heard that the plantation offers the option for visitors to be given a map to the maze in advance, but they can’t try to stamp their cards, since the locations are provided on the map.

The Dole Plantation is close to the town of historic Haleiwa, which is an extremely eclectic, fun, visitor-friendly town to visit. There are plenty of food options, from good ol McDonald’s, to vegetarian, smoothies, Thai, and fancy burgers.

Credits: dearjme

There are also little stands and shacks that sell trinkets for tourists and locals alike.

Credits: dearjme

And of course, there’s the surf culture in the area. Since Dole Plantation is so close to the beach (many beaches, actually), there is a strong community of local surfers living in the area. So, it’s pretty common to spot surfboards or paintings of local surf heroes around the town.

Credits: dearjme

After avoiding the Dole Plantation my entire life, visiting the area was definitely a good experience. The plantation offered many more things than just the horrible maze, so I was able to enjoy my summer visit to the North Shore in ease.

written by dearjme on 2012-07-13 in #world #locations #hawaii #dole #plantation #tourist #requested-post #escape-from-the-city #pineapple #north-shore

2 Comments

  1. itsdebraanne
    itsdebraanne ·

    my friend went to the Dole plantation and got food poisoning. Apparently they don't wash the blades they use to cut the pineapples well....

  2. dearjme
    dearjme ·

    @itsdebraanne Ugh, that's pretty disgusting... Sorry for your friend's disappointing experience!

More Interesting Articles

  • LomoKino: Life in Moving Pictures!

    written by adi_totp on 2014-08-21 in #reviews
    LomoKino: Life in Moving Pictures!

    I bought the LomoKino years ago, and since then I've been having great times with it. I will continue documenting my daily life with the LomoKino, which is Lomography in motion! You can see the movements and facial expressions of people - it’s priceless! Documenting life in moving pictures, the Lomokino can be used as a camera that not only shoots moving pictures but also works like the multi-frame wonder camera, Supersampler!

  • Lomography Day Trips: Ubud, Bali (Part 1)

    written by adi_totp on 2014-09-02 in #world #locations
    Lomography Day Trips: Ubud, Bali (Part 1)

    Aside from the fact that Ubud is a must-visit tourist spot in Bali, it is also the perfect place to relax and get inspired. There, you’ll see and feel something different. Staying there for a month in 2012 made me discover good places to visit. If ever you'll be in Bali for a holiday, don't forget to visit Ubud. Now, I shall take you on a quick visit to this town!

    4
  • Konica C35: A Wonderfully Analogue Camera

    written by marioman112 on 2014-09-01 in #reviews
    Konica C35: A Wonderfully Analogue Camera

    They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks, but whoever said that must have never shot with a Konica C35. This 46-year-old beauty can definitely hang with the big boys. Come see why this camera is one of my favorites, and why it should be one of yours, too.

  • Shop News

    Special Apertures for Petzval

    Special Apertures for Petzval

    Want to be more creative and level up your bokeh shots? A wide selection of special apertures for Petzval are here to blend with your artistic side and give your Petzval images some analog twists!

  • Lomography Day Trips: Ubud, Bali (Part 3)

    written by adi_totp on 2014-09-04 in #world #locations
    Lomography Day Trips: Ubud, Bali (Part 3)

    Here's the third and final part of my Lomography Day Trip features about Ubud. To be honest, there are a lot of places there that are worth visiting, but I just picked some of them to help you make the best of your trip. So prepare your notes or travel books and take note of the must-see places that I'll mention below. Maybe one day you'll visit Ubud.

  • Fresh from the Lab: Silvia Precisa

    written by adi_totp on 2014-08-20 in #lifestyle
    Fresh from the Lab: Silvia Precisa

    Recently, I used my trusty Fuji Silvi. It may not be my all-time favorite camera, but I just wanted to use it because I kind of missed shooting with it. So I decided to look through my film stash to see what I could use with the Fuji Silvi. After much consideration, I ended up picking the old Agfa CT Precisa ISO 100 to get that classic blue tone. Silvia Precisa!

    2
  • My Day in Analogue: Living Between Three Cities - Bandung, Bogor, and Jakarta

    written by adi_totp on 2014-10-15 in #lifestyle
    My Day in Analogue: Living Between Three Cities - Bandung, Bogor, and Jakarta

    For the past three months, I've been living alternately between three cities: Bandung, Bogor, and Jakarta. I'm originally from Bandung. I now work in Bogor, sometimes in Jakarta. I could be in Bogor on a Friday, Bandung on a Saturday, and Jakarta on a Monday. Shuttling between these three cities, I don't forget to document what I see and experience with my LC-Wide.

    4
  • Shop News

    Lomo Instant Boston

    Lomo Instant Boston

    Here is another way to enjoy analogue experience and capture great memories in an instant! This package includes the best creative lenses for your LomoInstant camera!

  • The World, According to Herr Willie: The Amazon

    written by wil6ka on 2015-04-09 in #world #locations
    The World, According to Herr Willie: The Amazon

    It was the Amazon which I had longed for my whole life. And when it was finally a set deal that I will travel to Brazil with two of my best friends for the Copa do Mundo (World Cup), we really had to start our adventure in the Amazon. I had known about this magical place deep in the rainforest. There was a lodge run by local people of indigenous background, with wooden houses that float on the water and a limited number of visitors. It was eco-tourism as how it should be. To preserve and to celebrate one of the most impressive locations I have seen so far.

    6
  • Film Manipulation: Kodak Slides and Bleach

    written by neonlights on 2014-07-30 in #gear #tipster
    Film Manipulation: Kodak Slides and Bleach

    I want to share with you my experience with some slides when I was in Russia. I'm very sorry for them because I messed them up. They're just ruined and they'll never be the same! But hey, I have thousands of them, so I guess it's not a big deal after all.

    4
  • Transient Living: The Craft and the Craftsmen of Denver, Colorado

    written by maliha on 2014-12-10 in #world #locations
    Transient Living: The Craft and the Craftsmen of Denver, Colorado

    The people of a city, to me, speak volumes about its culture and sense of community. And that is why I sought out the people who make Denver that much more interesting after the initial period of settling down. My search lead to a few establishments that have contributed to making Denver what it is today. In the second story on Transient Living, I present to you two of such establishments: The Craftsman & Apprentice, and A Small Print Shop.

    2
  • Shop News

    Recognizable Images of Petzval

    Recognizable Images of Petzval

    You want your subject be the center of attention? Petzval lens are recognizable for sharpness and crispness in the centre, strong color saturation, wonderful swirly bokeh effect, artful vignettes and narrow depth of field that will make your subjects stand out!

  • La Sardina: My Story With My Old Best Friend

    written by abecd on 2014-07-10 in #reviews
    La Sardina: My Story With My Old Best Friend

    This is a story of me and Sardine, my first ever analogue camera. We've been traveling for thousands of miles and met a lot of friends. Even though I have better cameras, Sardine is the one camera that will always be in my heart! So once again, this is my story with Sardine

    2
  • Pushing Boundaries: So I Heard You Like Multiple Exposures

    written by Amber Valentine on 2015-04-11 in #world #tipster
    Pushing Boundaries: So I Heard You Like Multiple Exposures

    My name is Amber Valentine and I have a confession to make: I’m not really a photographer. I have a website full of photographs, a bookshelf full of cameras, film waiting to be developed, and a wall full of framed pictures I’ve taken. Even so, I don’t really consider myself a photographer per se. I think that Lomography is more about the experimentation and the fun of film than it is about the photography, and that experimentation is part of the reason I have embraced Lomography so.

    1
  • 12 Months, 12 Projects: March Of Caffenol

    written by Maaike van Stratum on 2015-04-12 in #world #lifestyle
    12 Months, 12 Projects: March Of Caffenol

    My list of resolutions for 2015 consists of 12 projects, one for every month. March was for caffenol. You have probably heard of the amazing fact that you can develop black and white photos with coffee, sodium, and vitamin C. I had tried this before but with less than stellar results. Somehow, there's always something going wrong. Time to devote a few rolls to caffenol to finally get the hang of it.

    1