Originally operated as a fruit stand beginning in 1950, Dole Plantation opened to the public as Hawaiiâ€™s “Pineapple Experience” in 1989. Today, Dole Plantation is one of Oahuâ€™s most popular visitor attractions and welcomes more than one million visitors a year. The Plantation is located near Wahiawa in Central Oahu, Hawaii. About 40-minute drive from Waikiki.
The pineappleâ€”fierce on the outside, sweet on the insideâ€”was given its English name for its resemblance to a pine cone. Christopher Columbus brought this native of South America back to Europe as one of the exotic prizes of the New World. In later centuries, sailors brought the pineapple home to New England, where a fresh pineapple displayed on the porch meant that the sailor was home from foreign ports and ready to welcome visitors. Pineapples were the crowning glory of lavish American banquets, and were considered the height of extravagant hospitality.
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