Taking the Maui Gold Pineapple Tour!
On my incredible honeymoon to Maui, we managed to fit in a few tours, a Hana Highway (highly recommend avoiding it. I would have much preferred the freedom of a ‘road trip’ along it) and the Maui Gold Pineapple tour. Easily a highlight of the trip, Maui Gold Pineapple is the only pineapple tour on the island of Maui. During our 90 minutes with our fabulous tour guide, Mike, we learned a plethora of information one may not think about when eating the favorite Tropical sweet treat.
Example, did you know that boars have litters every 4-6 weeks and that they wreak havoc on the pineapple fields? Maui Gold partnered with the Old Lahaina Luau and, thus, how they get their boars to roast for the nightly traditional ceremony. An absolutely gorgeous plantation, I learned so many incredible facts that I thought a round up would be appropriate. Did you know any of these fun facts!? Like…
- A pineapple needs over a gallon of water a week
- A pineapple has three times the amount of Vitamin C as an orange (go figure!)
- For the sweetest type of pineapple in Hawaii, look no further than Maui
- Pineapples got their name when Europeans back in the day would say, ‘What’s that pine cone, apple looking thing?’
- George Washington’s favorite fruit is said to have been the pineapple, and he possibly grew them himself
- The first pineapple cannery was in Oakland, California
- The first pineapple to be grown in Maui is said to be 1838
- In 1930, Hawaii founded the University of Pineapple Research Institute (PRI) of Hawaii and Dole was a major sponsor
- In 1990, PRI closed
- If you’re looking for a sweeter and less acid pineapple, Maui grown pineapples is your place
- In 1996, Dole and Libby, the two world renowned pineapple makers, left Hawaii and are now based in the Philippines
- The Maui Gold Pineapple’s busiest time for shipping their sweet treat? Before the Super Bowl!
- If they find a pineapple with a hole in it, they save it for Spongebob!
- Seventy percent of Hawaiian pineapples stays within the state.
- The Maui Gold pineapple farm has 9,000 acres
Seeing just a glimpse of Maui Gold Pineapple’s farm was absolutely breathtaking. While the Big Island may be famous for their factories, don’t be fooled. Maui has a tour just as fantastic and awe inspiring as the others. Psst, your tour may just conclude with a box of treats that will make you say Aloooo-ha! Learn more and book yours HERE.
(*Disclosure: I was a guest of the Maui Gold Pineapple tour on behalf of this review. All opinions are my own and such a huge thanks to them for hosting us!)