Hawaii Trip, Day 7: Rock Jumping at Waimea and Dole Plantation

For another excursion to the North Shore, we stopped at famous Waimea beach for some quality beach time. There is a large rock pillar thing that juts out from the beach into the water, and is a popular place for people to climb up and jump into the waves below. So of course everyone had to do that. I didn’t do it myself, but I had to get pictures and video of the others. On our way back south again from the North Shore, we stopped by the Dole Plantation, which is basically a tourist center for all things pineapple. Even though there are no longer pineapples grown on the island (Dole pulled out in the last few years and moved most of the growing to the Philippines), there is still this tourist spot to celebrate the now-former pineapple business in Hawaii. For the most part I would say it is a tourist trap, with overpriced souvenirs, a train ride through some staged pineapple fields (or something) and a huge garden maze in the shape of a pineapple. But since you will likely find yourself driving near the plantation (it is right off Kamehamea Hwy heading south from the north shore) , I suggest stopping at least once and getting “Dole Whip” – a pineapple soft-serve frozen dessert, that when covered in crushed pineapple, is sooo delicious after a day of hiking (or even lounging on the beach).