Maui Pineapple Tours
Pineapple is a universally recognized symbol of hospitality and Maui is the world's premier pineapple growing region. Maui Gold® pineapples are "born and raised" on Maui ... they are extra-sweet and loaded with three times the Vitamin C of traditional pineapples.
Maui Gold® and Haliimaile Pineapple Company offer a pineapple plantation tour that is the only one of its kind in the entire nation. This 1.5 - 2 hour tour is led by pineapple workers whose colorful commentary weaves history, facts and trivia into an authentic pineapple plantation experience.
Not only do you get to see and taste pineapples growing in the fields, you also get to see the inside of the packing facility at Haliimaile! Tour participants check in and park at the Hali'imaile Distilling Company ( 883 Hali'imaile Road, Hali'imaile, HI 96768) just south of the upcountry town of Makawao. The distillery is located directly across the street from the Hali'imaile General Store. From there you will be transported in the Maui Gold tour vehicle to working pineapple fields in central Maui. Your guide will explain the pineapple growing process, and cut pineapples right from the fields for you to taste the varying stages. You'll learn first-hand why field-ripened pineapple are so much better than most of the ones you find at your grocery store back home.
The tour continues with a walk-through look at the unique packing and shipping factory at Haliimaile. All tour participants receive a one free pineapple, all boxed up for you to take home! Additional pineapples and boxes are available for purchase.
The Pineapple Tour is held 7 days a week at 9:30am and 11:45am.
Tour Cost: $65 for adults, $55 for children ages 5-12. No children under 5
Closed toed shoes are recommended. No pregnant women are permitted on the tour. This tour is not advised for anyone with significant neck or back issues as the tour vehicle drives on unpaved and bumpy agricultural roads. Minimum age for children is 5 years. Participants must sign a waiver of risk prior to participation in these tours.
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Pineapple Tour with Lunch!
We also offer the pineapple tour followed by lunch next door at acclaimed Maui chef Bev Gannon's restaurant called "Haliimaile General Store." The Pineapple Tour with Lunch is a great value at just $25 more than the regular tour. The lunch option is available MONDAY through FRIDAY.
CHOICE OF ONE ENTREE:
Tropical Shrimp Salad
~ Coconut shrimp, baby corn, golden raisins, water chestnuts, mixed greens & crispy wontons with cashews & an oriental dressing.
Upcountry Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad
~ Our version, close to the original with homemade garlic croutons & freshly grated asiago cheese.
Thai Turkey Loaf
~ Creen curry, cilantro, green onion, cashew-coconut spread, sweet chili slaw, tao bun, seasoned fries.
Crab and Rock Shrimp Cake over Spinach Salad
~ Honey sesame dressing, mango remoulade
~ Kalua style pork, black forest ham, Swiss cheese, pickled pineapple, BBQ wasabi aioli, served on a hoagie roll with seasoned French fries.
Dessert is a Sorbet of the Day, and soda, tea or coffee are included. Selections can be ammended to accommodate special diets or vegetarian requirements.
The Pineapple Tour with Lunch is $90 for adults, $80 for children ages 5-12. No children under 5. Lunch option available Monday through Friday. Rate with lunch is $5 more person for dates in 2016.
Cruise Ship Clients
NCL cruise ship passengers in Kahului are able to do the pineapple tour either day in port. Transportation is not included, and is most economically done by renting a car. We can arrange a rental car with shuttle pick-up at the harbor; rates vary throughout the year but start around $40 per day in low season; see our rental car page for more information. Drive time is approx. 20 minutes.
Lahaina cruise ship passengers can do the pineapple tour but a rental car is required. Drive time is about an hour and 10 minutes.
If you've never tasted field ripened pineapple cut open and served fresh while it's still in the field, you've never REALLY tasted pineapple! This experience will make you want to go home and picket the produce department of your local grocery store for having the audacity to sell those flavorless pineapples produced in other parts of the world. Really ... there is no comparison. Maui Gold pineapple is the best, and you are likely to want to take some of these babies home with you. Hint: you can pack up a box and ship it home on the airplane as a piece of checked luggage.