What does Dole Plantation have to offer educational groups?
Group tours can be customized to fit your group’s needs and interests, and may include any of the following: Pineapple Express Train Ride, Plantation Garden Tour, Pineapple Garden Maze, and a variety of age-appropriate activities.
What makes Dole Plantation different from other educational tours?
Dole Plantation’s hands-on educational tours are feasts for the senses, from a taste of fresh pineapple to a train ride through farmed fields. The Dole experience focuses on the history of pineapples and agriculture in Hawai‘i, and demonstrates through living exhibits how agriculture in Hawai`i has changed from the old plantation days of pineapple and sugar to a more diversified agricultural landscape.
Located on the road from Honolulu to the North Shore, Dole Plantation’s reasonable prices, flexible packages, and variety of fun and educational activities mean you can customize a great experience for young and old alike. You can spend as much time as you want at the plantation, from a refreshing hour to a whole day of exploration.
Do you have set tour packages?
There are no set tour packages. All activities are a la carte, allowing you to pick and choose what you want.
Do you have staff who can lead tours?
A staff member will greet your tour and escort you to the various activities of your choice. The Plantation Garden Tour is a self-guided tour that includes a hand-held audio wand, which provides fun and interesting facts, while the train ride features a fully narrated audio tour as you ride through the fields.
How can I arrange an educational tour?
Visit our request form, fill it out and send your request to us online. A Dole Plantation Groups representative will contact you to finalize your details. You can also call us at (808) 621-8408, Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m – 5:30 p.m.
How long are the tours?
Your customized tour can range from an hour to a full day, depending on the activities you select. The Plantation Garden Tour takes about an hour. The Pineapple Garden Maze, on average, takes 40 minutes to solve. The Pineapple Express Train ride lasts 20 minutes. A minimum of one hour is suggested for the Pineapple Express Train ride and pineapple-cutting demonstration combination.
What types of groups do you accommodate?
We can accommodate all types of groups, from mixed ages to students to all adults. At student rates, we welcome school children ages 4–17, church youth groups, boy scouts and girl scouts, and student sports teams. Student rates apply to Hawai‘i residents only. Non-student groups are also welcome. Contact us for rates.
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