Dole Pineapple Maze

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Last weekend, I finally got a chance to play tourist and go to the Dole Pineapple Maze. This isn’t a maze made out of pineapple plants, though. That would actually suck since you’d be able to see over everything. No, this is a maze that, when viewed from the air, is in the shape of a giant pineapple. Dole claims it’s the world’s largest hedge maze, and from walking around in there, I believe it. It’s huge.

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That’s not the actual maze in the painting, so don’t bother printing it out in an attempt to score a map. Yeah, I knew what you were thinking.

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The maze itself has a number of “entrances” surrounding the pineapple center. Before you enter, you’re given a card with a time stamp. Each card has six empty spaces. The object is to find 6 hidden boxes, each containing a stencil which you use to fill in the empty spaces on your card. Once you’ve found all six designs, you exit the maze and get your closing time stamp. It took us about 50 minutes to do it without rushing. Also, we cheated – there were little kids who would scream “Mommm!!! We found one!!!” and we’d followed the sound of their voices. I was told the record was 5 minutes, but I’m sure the person who did it already knew the maze. There’s no way they had to hunt for all six and made it out in 5.

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The maze is actually made from shaped hibiscus plants. It’s actually kind of neat, but the constant trimming doesn’t allow many flowers to bloom. A few pop through here and there. I guess that’s just as well. Imagine brushing up against a mile or so of hibiscus flowers and walking out completely yellow from the massive amounts of pollen they generate. Then bees would probably follow you everywhere.

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This is Jenn, who is delirious from the heat. Note to self: there are no water fountains in the hedge maze, so bring water with you. There is actually a huge flower garden behind me, but I didn’t get a picture of it.

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Lastly, the Dole “Pineapple Express” takes you around the pineapple farm. This has nothing to do with the maze, but what the heck.

2 Comments so far

  1. macpro (unregistered) on August 26th, 2005 @ 8:51 am

    I remember going to the Pineapple maze when it first opened. You could jump over some of the hedges since they were not very tall at the time… or walk through them.

    They did not have that little choo choo train at the time.


  2. k@os (unregistered) on October 4th, 2005 @ 6:50 pm

    I raced my wife through that maze once.

    She beat me by a few seconds. Dammit.



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