Should You do a Kauai Pineapple Plantation Tour?

Are you looking for unique things to do on Kauai with kids (or without)? Keep scrolling to read my honest review of the Kauai Pineapple Plantation Tour in Anahola.

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Did you know that Kauai is famous for their sugarloaf pineapples? These pineapples have low acidity and are super sweet.

In fact, we recently took a Kauai pineapple plantation tour with our kids, and it was a blast!

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Hawaii Pineapple FAQs

How do you know if a pineapple is ripe?

For a yellow pineapple, you can look at the color and if the outside is yellow, it’s probably ripe. Do NOT let your pineapple sit on the counter for a week to “ripen” as it won’t riped after it’s been picked.

Can you check the leaves of a pineapple to see if it’s ripe?

No, it’s a complete myth that you can pull a leaf from a pineapple crown to see if it’s ripe. This won’t determine ripeness.

Can you grow your own pineapple at home?

You bet! You can plant the crown of a pineapple in a pot and keep it in your home. But, keep in mind that it can take 18 months to 2 years to produce one pineapple.

Where is the Kauai Pineapple Tour?

The Kauai Sugarloaf Pineapple Tour is located on the Hole in the Mountain Farm about 5 minutes from the highway in the Anahola area of the east side of Kauai.

Before your tour, they will email you very detailed directions on how to get there. It’s not really a place you’ll see along the highway (and GPS won’t always get you there) so you’ll definitely want to have a navigator in the car reading the emailed directions.

Brief Kauai Pineapple History

Pineapple has been associated with Hawaii for decades. I mean, people plop pineapple on any food and call it “Hawaiian.”

Oahu, Maui, and Lana’i are most well-known for their pineapple plantations. But, Kauai also had them.

Hole in the Mountain Farm on Kauai. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

The Hawaiian Canneries Co. launched in 1913 in Kapaa on the east side of Kauai. The land was perfect for growing pineapple and everything went well until the 1950s.

When Hawaii became a state in 1959, businesses now had to pay taxes and follow fair labor laws. This made it simply too expensive for pineapple plantations to turn a profit.

So, in 1962, the pineapple canneries in Kapaa closed.

However, that doesn’t mean you can’t find pineapple on Kauai. While they aren’t grown commercially on a large scale, you’ll definitely find smaller farms that grow pineapple as well as the popular Kilohana Plantation.

And of course, you can get pineapple at the Hole in the Mountain Farm, home to sugarloaf pineapple.

Sugarloaf Pineapple vs Yellow Pineapple

Before I really get into this Kauai pineapple farm review, I want to highlight the difference between sugarloaf pineapple and standard yellow pineapple.

This is what sugarloaf pineapple looks like. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

Sugarloaf pineapple is a white pineapple with a soft core that can be easily eaten. It’s also less acidic than other pineapple and can taste a lot sweeter.

Supposedly, sugarloaf pineapple was first discovered on the island of Lana’i by plantation workers. Since they bruised easily and couldn’t be canned, the plantation owners didn’t want to use them.

But they were too delicious to just throw away. So, plantation workers took them home and started growing them in their own gardens.

What to Know about the Kauai Pineapple Plantation Tour Before You Go:

How to Visit the Kauai Pineapple Plantation

You’ll definitely want to book your Kauai Sugarloaf Tour tickets before you go. Limited tickets are available for each tour, and they fill up quickly.

You do need tickets; you can’t just show up. We did see some people show up thinking they could buy pineapple at the farm. You cannot.

Where to Park

There are plenty of parking spots to the left of the meeting area. And the owners will help show you exactly where to park.

Arrival

When you arrive, you’ll check in under the green canopy. This is where you’ll pay for your tour and you can grab a bottle of water and/or a big sun umbrella.

There are also restrooms there in case someone in your party needs to go. And they have a table of products you can buy like t-shirts, dehydrated pineapple, etc.

Kauai Sugarloaf Pineapple Tours

This is a 2-hour tour that takes place on a fully-operational pineapple plantation on Kauai. It’s led by the owners of Hole in the Mountain Farm: Jude and Paul Huber.

My son liked goofing around on the tour! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

You’ll learn all about how pineapples grow in Hawaii, what makes Kauai sugarloaf pineapple so special, and even get some hands-on opportunities on this Kauai farm.

Keep scrolling to see the Hawaii pineapple tour highlights!

Food Options

While the only food available at the farm is pineapple, I suggest heading over to Anahola Cafe to grab lunch either before or after your tour. They have a bunch of easy food options like hamburgers, hot dogs, and the best taro burger I’ve ever had.

The Highlights of This Kauai Tour and What You Should Look Out For

The main highlight for our family was getting to pick our own pineapples in the field! Jude showed us exactly how to do it and everyone on the tour got to pick one to bring home.

My kids also really enjoyed planting pineapples in the field. It’s a great way for kids to learn about the pineapple life cycle!

It was cool to see a working pineapple plantation in Hawaii! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

We got to walk around to different sections of the farm to learn about the different stages of pineapple growth. Part of it was seeing the new little plants growing inside the crowns and how to split the crowns to create new pineapple plants.

We loved seeing Kauai sugarloaf pineapple in the fields! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

It was also really cool to see the pineapples growing in the field. This is something most Kauai tourists don’t get to see!

Of course, picking our own Kauai pineapples was awesome! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

Near the end of the tour, each person was able to go into the field and pick their own pineapple.

Jude showed us exactly which one to pick and the correct way of picking it. We were lucky because we were at the tail end of the pineapple season.

Some of the pineapples were fairly small, so Jude grabbed extras to compensate. But they were the perfect individual size to enjoy!

Jude sliced up Kauai pineapple right in the fields! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

After we picked our pineapples, Jude sliced up fresh sugarloaf pineapple (not the ones we picked to take home) so we could all taste it.

She even let us try fresh sugarloaf pineapple juice which was AMAZING!

Kauai sugarloaf pineapple is the sweetest pineapple I’ve ever had. And it has a smoother texture than yellow pineapple.

We also got generous samples of Paulie’s Pineapple Phrosties! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

The tour ended with a cup of Pineapple Phrostie, which is just frozen sugarloaf pineapple that is pureed. There’s no added sugar or anything but it’s sweet and delicious! It’s the ultimate dairy free pineapple ice cream!

Hawaii Pineapple Tour Tips for Families

It’s open to all ages

We saw a family pushing a stroller on the tour with a toddler. There were actually quite a few families on our tour with young kids.

What to Wear

You’ll definitely want to wear closed toe shoes, clothes you can get dirty, a hat, and plenty of sunscreen.

Yep, my 5-year-old played in red dirt during the whole tour. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

The red dirt does stain clothing, so choose wisely. I had my kids wear clothes that they were starting to grow out of because I knew they would get dirty.

What to Bring

You can bring extra water/drinks. You might also bring snacks for kids as the tour is a full 2 hours (our tour ended up being 2.5 hours).

We brought hats but forgot bottled water. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

I’d also suggest bringing fidget toys or something small to keep kids occupied while standing around.

How Much Does it Cost and Where is it Located?

Tours last about​ two hours and cost​ $85 per person ($45 for pre-teen children, free for children 4 and under). Reservations are required in advance. You must email them to secure your spot.

It’s located at the Hole in the Mountain Farm in Anahola. It’s a bit complicated to find on your own so thankfully they send out turn-by-turn directions.

So, is the Kauai Pineapple Farm Tour Worth It?

It depends. We thought it was really interesting and loved the hands-on experiences! I mean, where else can you pick your own pineapple to take home?

I’d done the Maui Pineapple Tour, which is also very cool but there isn’t an opportunity to plant or pick pineapples.

However, my kids thought the tour was really long and they didn’t like standing around in the sun for 2 hours. We’ve done a lot of Kauai farm tours and this was probably the least geared for kids.

If your family is interested in agriculture, or you want to learn more about the sweetest pineapple in Hawaii, this is a great opportunity!

Looking for more Kauai tours? Check out our reviews of the Kauai chocolate farm tour, Kalalea View Farm, Kauai coffee farm tour, and Kauai ATV tour.