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The Significance of Pineapples in Hawaii

Guest on 25th January 2023 08:15:15 AM

  1. Every country is symbolized by something. In Hawaii, pineapple has been its longstanding symbol. The fruit represents power and exoticism and is associated with many Hawaiian dishes. Originally, pineapples were grown in the wild, but the pineapple industry began to thrive in Hawaii around the mid-1880s. Today, the [Dole plantation Hawaii](https://gotourshawaii.com/dole-pineapple-tour/) is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Hawaii.
  3. Pineapples are known as pinas in Spanish but are not native to the islands. They arrived in the islands from the Philippines, Paraguay, and Brazil. Their first appearance in Hawaii was on the crew of Christopher Columbus' "discovery of the New World" in 1493. At that time, pineapples were found to help prevent scurvy, a deadly disease to sailors.
  5. During the colonial period, Hawaii was home to Polynesians who ruled the islands for centuries. Eventually, native Hawaiians were forced off of their land. Many of the plantations built were located on high ground, resulting in an abundance of sugarcane. However, the best of the pineapples grew at elevations of 180 to 300 meters.
  7. The pineapple is a member of the Bromeliaceae family. It grows above the ground on spiky leaves, and its stem has a protein-digesting enzyme, bromelain. Besides being useful in cooking, pineapples are used to heal and prevent diseases such as scurvy.
  9. Although the pineapple was a big deal in Hawaii for centuries, it is not as important in the modern world. In the 1980s, Dole and Del Monte moved production out of the state. While this made it possible for some Hawaiians to gain some of the economic opportunities that came with the company's expansion, the pineapples could not stand the long period of shipment. This, unfortunately, resulted in the fruit losing its flavor.
  11. But through time, overseas production of pineapple has significantly improved. And by the early 1900s, commercial pineapple farming had taken off in Hawaii. One of the largest pineapple producers, the Hawaiian Pineapple Company, was founded by James Drummond Dole. His advertisements included images of pineapples and Hawaiian landscapes. As a result, the fruit became synonymous with the Hawaiian Islands.
  13. Until the 1960s, Hawaii was the leading pineapple producer. Most of the world's canned pineapple was produced on the islands. Since then, pineapples have been a significant part of the economy and the lifestyle of the Hawaiian people.
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  16. The Dole plantation is just one of the numerous places to visit in Hawaii. If you want to check out more tourist attractions like the [Byodo In Temple](https://gotourshawaii.com/oahu-tours/hidden-gems-of-oahu/), it is best to seek assistance from tour operators that can guide you through the islands.
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