Dole Pineapple Plantation

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When you are in a new place on vacation you just have to do the touristy things…

So we visited the Dole Pineapple Plantation.

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We learned that it takes 20 months before a plant is mature enough to grow a fruit and that the plant will yield just 3 harvests.

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Everywhere you look are pineapple fields! (By the way, the soil is that dark reddish color because it is decomposing volcanic ash) There are about 30,000 pineapple plants per acre.

They are harvested by hand. 60% are sold as fresh pineapple and the rest are processed.

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Of course we had to stop in the little snack bar for a pineapple-y treat.

Should we have the grilled pineapple?

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Or the fresh cut pineapple chunks?

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Naaaa….we picked the fresh pineapple soft serve!

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“Imagine being a tourist and coming to Hawaii and not having pineapple!” Brian Nichida

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