Monday, May 28, 2012

Dole Plantation: Plantation Garden Tour in Photos

This is one a series of posts about the Dole Plantation visitor attraction.

Visit for information about the Plantation Garden Tour. Hours: 9:30am-5pm daily (closed on Christmas Day). Tickets: Adults $5; Children (4-12 years old) $4.25; Kama'aina/Military $4.50; Children under 4 are free. 

The garden features sections covering North Shore plants, hibiscus, native species, bromeliads as well as life on the plantation and irrigation.

Pineapples belong to the bromeliad family of plants. Decorative bromeliads are prominently featured throughout the garden.

Pandanas (hala in Hawaiian). The fruit of the trees look like
pineapples (which they are not).

Cacao Tree. Waialua Chocolate sold at Dole Plantation gained national attention when Art Smith, Oprah Winfrey's personal chef was smitten by the confection.

Some cacao pods can be seen growing on the tree.

Sugar cane. At one time pineapple and sugar cane farming were the leading industries in Hawaii.

The anthurium is popular for decorative purposes because of both their beauty and durability.

The hibiscus is Hawaii's state flower.

An orange hibiscus flower.

A patch of ti leaf plants.

Ti is one of the few plants that the first Hawaiians brought thousands of miles
to their new home.

Bromeliads consists of nearly 3,000 species. One variety has the plant's gigantic flower spikes growing taller than a two-story house.

This pond is meant to represent the irrigation history of Hawaii pineapple farming. Grown on vast dry plains, a network of ditches and tunnels were created to divert water from mountain streams.

Koi fish swim in both of the Dole Plantation ponds.
(above photos: TheHopefulTraveler)


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