It’s all about Hawaii’s iconic pineapple on this enlightening tour of a working plantation that grows, cultivates, packs and ships these juicy, extra-sweet fruits throughout the world.
Depart from the pier and drive inland to the agricultural village of Hali’imaile, where you will be treated to an exclusive tour of one of Hawaii’s most esteemed pineapple plantations. Although a well-recognized symbol of Hawaii, the pineapple isn’t native to the state. In fact, the fruit wasn’t introduced until the early 1800s. But by the end of the century, production soared and today the pineapple is synonymous with Hawaii.
During your entertaining exploration of this working plantation, you will delve into the history of the pineapple, behold seemingly endless fields of the crop, and get an insider’s look at how the fruit is processed and packaged. Your guide, who is also a plantation worker, will fresh-pick some pineapples off the plants and slice them open so you can taste the lusciously juicy fruit that’s lies inside. Expect it to taste noticeably different from the pineapples you buy in the grocery store. Pineapples only remain ripe in the fields during a three-day window, and your guide will select the ones that are at their peak of flavor.
A relaxing lunch at a nearby restaurant follows, featuring a variety of Hawaiian dishes made with pineapple and other locally grown fruits and vegetables. Afterwards, you will drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 1-hour of easy to moderate walking/standing over some natural surfaces and there will be driving over uneven and unpaved terrain in the pineapple fields. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and not recommended for those with back or neck problems. Guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate casual clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.