If you still think that pineapples grow underground or on a tree, then you will learn a lot by going out on the Maui Pineapple Tour (875 Hali‘imaile Rd., 808/665-5491, tours 9:30am and 11:45am Mon.-Fri.). Not only do you get a free pineapple with every tour, but you also learn all about the current state of an agricultural industry fighting to stay alive.

If you still think that pineapples grow underground or on a tree, take a tour of a pineapple plantation in Upcountry Maui.

If you still think that pineapples grow underground or on a tree, take a tour of a pineapple plantation in Upcountry Maui. Photo © Munlika Poroon/123rf.

Find out about all the other uses of pineapple you never knew about such as pineapple jam, pineapple lemonade, and even pineapple wine. Tours run $65/person or $75/person if you include lunch. Seeing as the food is from the acclaimed Hali‘imaile General Store, the extra $10 charge is a good deal.

Pono takes you places few other people get to go…a large tour bus of 45 people won’t be able to stop at a taro field on the way to Hana and pull taro with the owners.Pono of Open Eye Private Tours (808/572-3483) is a private tour guide who delivers a cultural connection to the island. He has been a private tour guide on Maui since 1983, and communicates with the clients before the tour to get an assessment of what sort of activities might suit them best. For visitors with an interest in music or dance, he might arrange a tour on which hula dancers from a local halau offer a private performance with chants that relate to the land around you.

If you’re interested in the spirituality of the islands, Pono can plan an itinerary of places steeped in Hawaiian mythology and spirit. As a former teacher, Pono also specializes in tours with children and offers activities for kids such as making fish out of coconut leaves. Pono takes you places few other people get to go. He’s built up contacts over the years that enable him to bring guests to the properties of local people who regard him as a friend. For example, a large tour bus of 45 people won’t be able to stop at a taro field on the way to Hana and pull taro with the owners. You won’t be disappointed.


Excerpted from the First Edition of Moon Hawaiian Islands.