Remember the Dole Cannery Pineapple Tower?

Dole Pineapple Water Tank//

THROWBACK THURSDAY (#TBT): For many decades the Dole Cannery Pineapple water tower was a familiar sight to motorists traveling along Nimitz Highway. The pineapple tower was located on the premises of the old Dole Pineapple Cannery factory, which today is now a theater, shopping and office center complex.

The Pineapple was built in the late 1920s and stood 200 feet high at the cannery location for more than 60 years. It was torn down in the early 1990s due to rust and safety concerns. An article published in Honolulu Magazine have details regarding the pineapple tower’s construction, tenure, preservation and destruction.

After posting photos to Facebook, some of the comments I got included the following:

“Truly a beautifully crafted metal sculpture with perfect proportion. A landmark that we passed a lot because Nimitz was the only highway to the west. Stink, butt we liked the smell.” — Danny Daniels

“Memories come hither of my father driving pass this awesome landmark and we knew how close we were to home in Damon tract, another place of the past! Laying down in the car, the pineapple was a great sight!” — Johanna Amorin

“Wish they had thought to save it!!!!” — Beverly Sermersheim

The original intention was to store, save it and perhaps reconstruct it. However when it was checked, the insides were so far gone that the whole thing was mostly scrapped.

The photos were taken in the late 1980s or possibly 1990s.

Dole Pineapple Water Tank

The pineapple water tower was a major landmark in the Iwilei area. The pineapple smell was something to behold. Many people miss it today.

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Melvin Ah Ching is a photographer, consultant, blogger, desktop publisher, and computer enthusiast living and working in Hawaii. The Hawaii Files have been online since 2006.