Pineapple Anyone?


How do you think pineapples grow? In a tree? On the ground? If you're not sure, or you think you know, this post will definitely reveal the answer for you.

Our visit to the Dole Pineapple Plantation was sort of a haphazard one. We really didn't have this on our list of "Must See's", but when we realized it was on our way to another part of the island, the famous North Shore (where I took all the photographs of the surfers), we unquestionably decided to make it part of our "Did See's".

This place was not just a massive gift shop filled with pineapples, recipe books, gorgeous things to display in your kitchen, and t-shirts (and that's not all they had...there was much more!). Quite the contrary! This place had gardens gallore, a huge maze (the world's largest, I think), and a train that you could ride all over the plantation. It was awesome!

We rode the train first...the Pineapple Express they called it.

The ride we took was about 20 minutes long and traveled across acres and acres of land-full of growing fruit, tea trees, banana trees, coffee plants, just to name a few. The pineapple fields went on and on, as far as our eyes could reach. This is when we realized...

Pineapples grow in the form of a bush on the ground. We were fascinated because we had no idea! We both thought they grew in trees. So, for us, the train ride was extremely interesting, educational, and fun!

When we got back to the station, we jumped off and went straight for a tour of the gardens. They were absolutely amazing!

Naturally, we saw more pineapple, up close and personal...

and trees like this which I thought were so unusual. I've never seen anything like them in my life. I'm not sure what kind of trees these are, but they must be pretty common in Hawaii, because I saw them in pictures on brochures for other places to visit. Is this cool or what?

We saw papaya trees...

and some of the most gorgeous and exotic plants I've ever laid my eyes on!

And to think we didn't have this on our "To Do" list. Shame on us!

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