By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (January 11, 2024) – Today’s edition of Fun with Maps celebrates the cultivation of a sweet fruit in the Rainbow State. .  


Today is the traditionally accepted date for the beginning of the cultivation of pineapples in Hawaii in 1813. 

Legend has it that the fruit, native to Paraguay and southern Brazil, floated ashore from a Spanish shipwreck in the early 1500’s.  Certainly, the pineapple plants were growing wild on the islands, but a Spaniard who became an advisor to the Hawaiian court was the one to bring various seeds and plants from California and Europe and began to cultivate actual crops.

That Spaniard was Don Francisco Paula de Marin and he was responsible for the introduction of cotton, grapes, coffee, mangoes, and pineapples on his plot of land near today’s Pearl Harbor.

The most famous person associated with Hawaiian pineapples is James Dole.  He purchased the entire island of Lanai for his huge pineapple plantation.  When he perfected a way of canning pineapple, the sweet symbol of hospitality became accessible to the entire world.

Today the Dole Pineapple Plantation on the island of Oahu is one of Hawaii’s top tourist attractions.  A visit there includes the opportunity to wander through the world’s largest maze, which just happens to be in the shape of a pineapple.

This pictorial map by Feher was issued in 1950 as a promotion for: who else, Dole.

1950’s Promotional Map of Hawaii was created for Dole Pineaplle (Credit Stever Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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