Monday, June 11, 2012

Aloha to Mililani, Wahiawa, Birthing Stones, and Dole Plantation

Isabella, a college friend, recently visited Oahu with her family. Isabella lived on Mililani as a teenager and she invited me along for their adventure to Oahu's central flat plain between the two mountain chains

Although she lived in Mililani, she attended
middle school on Wheeler Army Airfield.

Near the school is a memorial
for the fallen.

Wheeler hosts historic aviation units,
dating back to December 7, 1941.
Always a good day in Hawaii!

We visited kama'aina (locals)
who has cultivated their garden!

They gave us fruit to leave at the
nearby Kukaniloka Birth Stones.

From HawaiiWeb (at this link),

Kukaniloko; "To Anchor the Cry from Within". This 5-acre historical site located in Central O'ahu is one of the most important sites in Hawai'i. Known as the Royal Birthing Stones, this location is where royal women were brought to give birth. Established in the 12th Century by an O'ahu chief for the birth of his son, Kapawa.

The lei are beautiful.

The central plain is conducive
to growing pineapple ...
... and the Dole Plantation
had plenty of pineapples!

Immigrants came from
all directions to work in
the pineapple fields.
I did not realize pineapple came in red!

Dole grows skinny pineapples ...

... and fat ones, too!

Here comes the Pineapple Express ... 

... with eager tourists!

Do you like tropical fruit?  If yes, what kind?  One randomly selected commenter wins a book choice from my convention stash.  This giveaway is open to all readers.  Comments are open through Saturday, June 16, 10  pm in Hawaii.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, June 17.


Kim in Hawaii

The plantation also grows chocolate!


  1. I remember getting the fresh pineapple when there and it was heavenly!! Such a difference from the canned stuff lol. My second favorite fruit would be mangoes.

  2. I like mango, pineapple, passion fruit, lychee and pomelo.

  3. I really need to get more adventurous when it comes to eating fruit. I sadly just stick with the old stand-bys: apples, bananas, grapes, oranges.

  4. I really enjoy fresh pineapple! I love chocolate,too! It's a fruit, right? lol

  5. I love the thought of fruit but fruit and I do not get along.

  6. Hi Kim -

    I'm sitting here with a sweater on looking at your pictures of Hawaii thinking to myself "what a doing living in Rhode Island?"! Thankfully it's going to be warming up this week-end and actually not be raining for a change. Of course since we live just a little over a mile from the ocean we'll be getting cool winds and instead of the low 80's they'll have up in Providence it will be at least cool but not cold down her for a change!

    I'm having pineapple dreams just thinking about warmth and sunshine. There's nothing better on a hot summer day than cold pineapple chunks and some sweet just picked Rhode Island strawberries with a dollop of freshly whipped cream on top! It's the perfect blending of the Hawaiian Islands and Rhode Island!

  7. Chocolate and pineapple in one place...what could be better.

    I love fruit..all kinds of fruit but I would have to say that Kiwi's are a real favorite of mine.

  8. I love fresh pineapple, it is so refreshing, that is about as exotic I get.
    Love the picture of the red pineapple, you are soooo lucky to get to go to places as you have shown, Wow!!

  9. I like all kinds of fruit, but my favorite are apples (I know it's not exotic, but still). I eat them every day & will never say NO to an apple pie or strudel.

  10. Casaba Melon is my all time favorite when I can find it. Or else I love the old standby, a peach that's just so juicy.
    Thanks for sharing these pics and letting us tour Hawaii via your camera lens. :)
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com