Maui Gold® Pineapple Tour

Visit the famous Maui Gold Pineapple fields

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Pineapple. It's still one of the images that come to mind when people think about Hawaii. In the late 1940's, Hawaii was the pineapple capital of the world, producing more than 80 percent of the world's pineapple. At that time, only sugar cane was a larger industry.

Such is not the case today. Today Hawaii's pineapple production makes up less than 2% of the world's crop. The nations of Thailand, the Philippines and Brazil lead the world in pineapple production. The reason is simple. It's cheaper to produce fresh and canned pineapple elsewhere.

Maui Pineapple Tours allows visitors to get up close and personal with Hawaii's favorite fruit. Tour the harvesting pineapple fields, taste the pineapple at various stages and experience the packing facility. Add on a tour of the distillery to see how one local company is using Maui Gold to create spirits.

Maui Gold® Pineapple

Maui Gold® is naturally sweet, with a low acid content, a rich golden color, and a deliciously sweet pineapple aroma and taste. Maui Gold® is also exceptionally nutritious, providing 3 times the Vitamin C of traditional pineapple. Maui Pineapple Company introduced the Maui Gold® pineapple variety to the market in 1996.

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Bring Home Your Own Perfect Pineapple

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There is only one place in the United States where you can take a tour of a working pineapple plantation. That is on Maui in Hali’imaile. The tour takes you to the pineapple fields where you learn all about pineapple planting, harvesting and tasting in addition to plantation and island history. It's educational, eco-friendly, scenic and tasty!

You'll learn first-hand about the unique growing cycles, planting and harvesting techniques of pineapple. You'll walk through rows of fresh pineapple, sampling the fruit and even get to take home your own pineapple as a souvenir.

"Taking approximately 18 months to grow, pineapple is not an easy fruit to produce and many of our guests are surprised to learn that," said tour guide Carlos Sandoval. "We specialize in cultivating an extra-sweet variety, Maui Gold® pineapple, born and raised only on Maui."

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Tour Options

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Maui Pineapple Tour

  • Includes: Free Maui Gold Pineapple
  • Runs every day
  • Times: 9 a.m.,11:45 a.m. and 1:30 p.m
  • Activity: 90 Minute Pineapple Tour
  • Guests per tour: 20 maximum
  • Age limit: 2 years minimum and the ability to participate in the tour
  • Prices: $65/person and $55 for children 2-12 years old
  • Optional: Add Hali'imaile General Store Lunch: Extra $25 Monday-Friday (available for the 9:30am tour only)
  • Park and check in at 883 Hali’imaile Road in Hali’imaile, Maui
  • The ability to walk on uneven terrain is required. You must be able to climb stairs and be in good physical condition to handle bumpy rides in the fields.

Pineapple Tour + Distillery Tour

  • Includes: Free Maui Gold Pineapple, free 3 tastings per person, 10% off distillery store
  • Runs every day
  • Times: 9:30 a.m., 11:45 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
  • Activity: 90 Minute Pineapple Tour and 30 minute Pau Maui Vodka Distillery Tour
  • Prices: $75/person
  • Optional: Add Hali'imaile General Store Lunch: Extra $25 Monday-Friday (available for the 9:30am tour only)
  • Park and check in at 883 Hali’imaile Road in Hali’imaile, Maui
  • Must be 21+ for tastings
  • The ability to walk on uneven terrain is required. You must be able to climb stairs and be in good physical condition to handle bumpy rides in the fields.
  • Guests under 21 are welcome but will not be allowed in the tasting room

Suggested equipment: Comfortable, closed-toe shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, water and camera

Reservations are recommended. Space is limited. Group tours and private tours are also offered upon request

Purchase Tickets

You can call for reservations at 808-665-5491.

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Fun Facts

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Here are some fun facts about pineapples and Maui Gold® Pineapple:

  • For nearly 100 years, Maui Pineapple Company has been growing pineapple; in 2005, it revealed its new extra sweet Maui Gold®.
  • Purchase Maui Gold® pineapple online at MauiPineapple.com. (The pineapples will be shipped FedEx to you from Maui.) Maui Gold pineapples are also available in grocery and wholesale stores throughout the Hawaiian Islands such as Safeway, Foodland, Times, Star Markets and Costco. They are also available on the West coast and in the Midwest of the U.S. Mainland in Costco, Food 4 Less, Save Mart, Haggens/Top Foods, Whole Foods and other fine markets.
  • Maui Gold® is loaded with 3 times the vitamin C of other pineapples.
  • Pineapple ranks as one of the top 50 foods with the highest antioxidant content per serving.
  • Found only in pineapple, bromelain is a protein-digesting enzyme, believed to reduce inflammation in muscles, sinuses, etc.
  • Two slices of pineapple has only 60 calories and no fat, cholesterol or sodium.
  • Maui has long been considered one of the world's finest pineapple growing regions.
  • Maui Gold® is specially cultivated, individually hand-selected and picked only when fully ripe and ready to eat. It takes approximately 18 months to grow a pineapple.
  • New taste in pineapple: the extra sweet Maui Gold® variety is a special low acid hybrid grown and harvested only by Maui Pineapple Company on the island of Maui.
  • Pineapple is the symbol of friendship and hospitality.
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