Out of towners on vacation are usually doing their best to not get lost, right? At the Dole Plantation, near Wahiawa and about 40-minutes from Honolulu, you forget about the GPS, your instincts, and get as lost as you possibly can. Here you'll be surprised as the size and complexity of the two acre maze (shaped like a pineapple of course), which was recognized as the largest maze in the world back in 2001.
The maze itself is comprised of thousands of native plants, winding and weaving while doing their best to deceive your natural ability to sense direction.
Explore a pineapple — Photo courtesy of Dole Plantation
But the maze isn't the only part of the plantation that's worth visiting. Also on site is a farmers market once a week, selling locally made goods and food. Located about ten minutes from the famous North Shore of Oahu, the plantation also sells a seemingly endless array of pineapple-based and inspired souvenirs. You can ride the Pineapple Express (a train), take a plantation garden tour, and eat at the Plantation Grille.
Even history buffs will have fun here. The foundation of the place is to share the rich pineapple plantation history and how it shaped the islands today. Displays and presentations delve into the pineapple cultivating plantation days, and thousands of acres of pineapple still grow today in all directions around the plantation.