Just north of Mililani lies the former plantation town of Wahiawa. Wahiawa’s most well-known attraction is the Dole Plantation, Oahu’s only remaining commercial pineapple grower and home of the Pineapple Garden Maze, the world’s largest maze measuring more than two acres with a two-and-a-half-mile path.More than one million visitors attempt to find their way out of the life-sized maze each year. After conquering the maze, take a leisurely ride on the Pineapple Express Train followed by a tasty pineapple ice cream treat. Pineapple roots run deep in Wahiawa.
Sponsored by the Wahiawa Historical Society, the Pineapple Festival is held once a year at Wahiawa District Park in May. The Wahiawa Botanical Gardens located on California Avenue is a hidden gem, one of five Honolulu Botanical Gardens and home to tropical flowers requiring a cooler environment. A special effort has been made to develop the collection of native Hawaiian plants here, and provides a beautiful background for family photos or a quiet picnic in the park.