Dole Plantation Train Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Hawaii Children's Cancer Foundation | Events
The following information is provided by Bennet Group Strategic Communications:
HONOLULU - As the Pineapple Express train celebrates its 10th anniversary in October, a portion of the proceeds from the month's ticket sales from all three Dole Plantation attractions - Pineapple Garden Maze, Plantation Garden Tour and train - will be donated to the Hawai'i Children's Cancer Foundation (HCCF).
Children from the organization will ride the Pineapple Express for free throughout October.
Dole Plantation will also collect monetary donations for HCCF through the month and will display portraits of some of the island keiki who are currently battling cancer, those who have survived it and those who have lost their battles with the disease. The portraits, by professional James Anshutz, will be displayed throughout October.
"We couldn't be more thrilled to support families here who are touched by childhood cancer. And we've been extremely impressed by the work that HCCF does to serve that mission," explains Barry Levin, president of Ironhorse Development Co., which owns and operates the Pineapple Express train at Dole Plantation.
"Each year, approximately 50-60 Hawai'i keiki are newly diagnosed with cancer and as many as 200 may be in treatment at any given time. Thanks to generous companies like Dole Plantation, HCCF can provide financial support, education and advocacy for these families in need," said Randy Aina, board president for HCCF. "We hope to see the community come out to Central Oahu during the month of October and ride the Dole Plantation Pineapple Express train for a fun way to support this important cause."
The Dole Plantation Pineapple Express donation will be presented to the organization during a special event for HCCF families on Saturday, Nov. 3. The general public is also welcome to join them that day.
The Pineapple Express is a custom-constructed, vintage-style locomotive that takes guests on a 20-minute journey over two miles of pineapple history. Through vivid narration, riders learn about the beginnings of pineapple in Hawai'i, including how James Dole founded his agricultural empire where Dole Plantation stands today.