James Dole, Pineapple King, developed the pineapple industry in Hawaii.
When it was started it was known as the Hawaiian Pineapple Company. It was later renamed Dole Food Company. Started out with just 9 acres of land. However, it grew and grew. In 1907, he brought up some ads to promote his canned pineapples.
In 1913 he invested in a machine that could peel 35 pineapples every minute. Before that, it would take a lot of workers a lot of time to do it by hand. I would hate to do that by hand.
Other companies saw what Dole was doing and decided to do the same thing, which made dole bring in foreign workers and pay them next to nothing. It drove the price of Dole Pineapple down and drove the others out of business.
Dole bought up land on Maui
His brother helped broker the deal with the Hawaiians to secure Hawaii as a territory of the United States. In a not-so-fair contract. They did the same thing the British did but the British gave it back to the Hawaiian people. The Americans also gave back to the Hawaiian people, but the Queen of Hawaii at the time wanted to put to death the people who tried to steal the land from the Hawaiians. But Congress said nope, you can’t do that.
For me this is a must to come tourist thing to do. They have a lot of stuff to do with Pineapple.
- Ice Cream
- Dole Whip
- Lots of other stuff
Yes, we picked up some candy.
I like coming here and just some dole whip and eating some fresh pineapple. If you would like to experience some good pineapple come here.