We started our day with the Dole Plantation. C'mon, you know you wanna see where pineapples come from, haha. We started off the with big maze before hitching a ride on the Pineapple Express (no, not the movie, but I wish James Franco showed up!) to see parts of the plantation itself. Then we had ourselves a sweet treat of Dole Whip before wandering around the garden.
Dole Plantation front
Tourist photo op
Vinh in the maze
Maze completed in 30 minutes
Dole whip in a cone, yum!
Tickets for the Pineapple Express
Pineapple Express pulling into the station :P
Time to ride
Garden along the train ride
Pineapple plants :P
I'm a pineapple head ;)
Our photo lol
Some hungry koi that we fed
Waterfall inside the garden
Someone was tired lol
Gotta snap a photo of flowers, right? ;)
Vinh wanted to touch the "balls" *rolls eyes*
Another view of the waterfall
Gum tree, so neat!
Afterwards, we drove through North Shore again & tried Macky's shrimp truck. My verdict: not as good as Giovanni's, but pretty solid.
Macky's shrimp truck
Lemon garlic shrimp
Our final stop of the day/night was the Polynesian Cultural Center. Despite the random reviews on this place, I think you have to do it at least once. Most of the workers are Mormon college students on their missions & I think this place is doing quite well. Lots of things to learn & see. I wish that there was more time to do everything though. We weren't able to see every island's show/activity due to time constraints. We did opt to do the luau as well as watch Ha: Breath of Life. The luau was filling & the show was amazing! So amazing that we bought the DVD to bring home with us.
Our tickets for the day
I got a turtle airbrush tattoo
Vinh's airbrush tattoo
On a boat to the back of the center
Waiting for the afternoon water show
Sorbet with fruit as a refreshing snack during the show
Hale Aloha, where our luau is located
All of my luau food lol
Photo from our boat ride earlier
Ha: Breath of Life stage
Gorgeous stage at intermission
Did I mention we watched the demonstration of a traditional Tahitian wedding? Instead of saying "I do" they say "no" since they are asked "will you ever leave your partner?" "Aita" is no in Tahitian by the way. As a surprise, they asked all married couples in attendance to renew their vows the Tahitian way. Well, we renewed our vows Tahitian style after two years...in Hawaii! Who knew! We also learned how to do the basics of the Tahitian dances :P
While renewing our vows :P
Have you visited either place? Ever tried a Dole Whip? Wanna renew your vows Tahitian style? :)