Today, the Dole Plantation in central Oahu invites guests to tour the plantation and gardens, take a train ride aboard the Pineapple Express or find your way out of the world’s largest maze.
Hawaii is also known for macadamia nut production, and Hawaiian produced macadamias established the nutritious nut worldwide. The nut grows on small evergreen trees. The Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Company near Hilo offers samples and tours of its production facility.
Sugarcane played an important role in Hawaii’s history and is still grown today. The Sugar Cane Train in Lahaina, Maui travels the same route from the fields to the mill that it has taken for well over a century.
Hawaii is the only US State where coffee is grown. Kona coffee beans, grown on the Big Island are some of the world’s most sought-after and expensive beans. Many coffee farms, such as Kona Joe, welcome visitors to tour the facilities, sample some Kona coffee and enjoy the views.
Hawaii also has a thriving cattle industry. In fact, one of the country’s largest cattle ranches, Parker Ranch is located on the Big Island. Here the paniolo, or cowboys, watch over the 30,000+ head of cattle. Parker Ranch is one of the Big Island’s top tourist attractions... offering tours of their historic homes, horseback rides, ATV tours and hunting excursions.
Kahua Ranch is located on the western slope of Kohala Mountain. At 3000 feet above sea level, the ranch provides stunning views of the Pacific. The working ranch hosts "Evening at Kahua Ranch", a dinner show which allows visitors to roam the grounds, enjoy some great Hawaii steak and learn about Hawaii’s cattle industry.
It is also worth noting that orchids, other exotic flowers and greenhouse products are a large part of Hawaii’s agricultural exports. One look at the colorful landscape will show you why. - Mike Bechtol 2008
Although tourism and the US Military represent the largest part of Hawaii’s economy, agriculture also plays a significant role. The state has over 5500 farms covering 1.3 million acres. And agri-tourism is big business as well.
Hawaii is known for its pineapples. James Dole, Hawaii’s Pineapple King, arrived in Hawaii in 1899. The industry grew rapidly. In 1922, Dole purchased the entire island of Lanai’i which at one time produced 3/4 of the world’s pineapple.