Hawaiian Crown™ Airport Ready Pineapple Package
Ever wondered how you can take the sweetest and freshest pineapple back home to the U.S. Mainland? The coordination can be complicated but we’ve teamed up with Hawaiian Crown™ to arrange a fast and convenient pineapple delivery service exclusively for Roberts Hawaii Airport Shuttle domestic guests.
1. If you have a round trip or departure ride booked with us, click on “Manage Reservations” at the bottom of your confirmation email and add it on to your booking.
2. If you do not have a round trip or departure ride booked with us, book here!
Add on your Sweet Gold™ pineapples on checkout under “Extras”.
Now, you can preorder your Airport Ready box of Sweet Gold™ Pineapples for $28 right here and we will deliver it to you at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) as you disembark from your Roberts Hawaii shuttle. Each box will contain more than 10 lbs of Sweet Gold Pineapple™ that has been pre-inspected, packed, and sealed at a USDA approved facility. No need to struggle with that heavy box when you check-out from your hotel or stress about finding the time pick it up on your last day in paradise.
Why Hawaiian Crown™ Sweet Gold™ Pineapples?
Hawaiian Crown™ Sweet Gold™ Pineapples are a unique Hawaiian hybrid variety grown for flavor. They are the delectable result of over two decades of painstaking pineapple breeding through traditional methods. You will enjoy the superior pineapple flavor as they are exceptionally sweet with lower acid than mainstream pineapple varieties.
They are non-GMO and bred with traditional breeding practices with years of careful selection to choose the best hybrid that will thrive in our climate. Hawaiian Crown™ emphasizes natural methods to control pest damage. These methods include cover crops, crop rotation, pest resistant varieties, pest monitoring, and cultural practices.
Hawaiian Crown™ produce is also picked to order to ensure the sweetest fruit possible. Once picked, a pineapple will not ripen any further or get any sweeter. Hawaiian Crown™ Pineapples are kept on the plant until the optimal harvest time, resulting in the natural fresh flavor of field ripe pineapple.
We chose it after intensive taste-testing (yum), but don’t take our word for it! Try it at their Waikiki store on 159 Kaiulani Avenue #105.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is Hawaiian Crown™?
One of the last local pineapple producers left in Hawaii, they represent the values and ideals of a family farm. Their farms continually adopt sustainable farming practices to respect and preserve the ‘āina [land] for future generations. All Hawaiian Crown™ products are grown here on small family farms dedicated to excellence rather than volume.
The Hawaiian Crown™ Sweet Gold™ pineapples that you will get have been grown right here in Oahu.
Am I allowed to take pineapples to the U.S. Mainland?
Yes! You can take pineapples to the U.S. Mainland, Alaska, and Guam after passing USDA inspection. The pineapples that you will get are Airport Ready – they have been pre-inspected, packed, and sealed in a USDA approved facility. International regulations vary by country.
Will my airline allow me to take the pineapples with me?
The regulations differ by airlines and are subject to change. We recommend checking with your carrier for the most updated policies to prevent any complications on check-in. We contacted some of the major airlines and included their current policies below for your reference. [Updated August 2017]
1. Hawaiian Airlines
Hawaiian Airlines will accept one pre-packaged box of papayas or pineapples, per paid passenger, free of charge (subject to space availability) on flights departing from Hawaii to the North America. The box must not exceed 10 lbs in weight and must be pre-agriculture inspected.
Read more on Hawaiian Airlines Customer Help
2. Alaska Airlines
Alaska Airlines will accept one properly packaged box of pineapples when traveling within the United States from Honolulu (HNL), Kona (KOA), Maui (OGG), or Kauai (LIH). The box will be free of charge and will not be counted towards your checked baggage allowance.
Read more on Alaska Air Checked Baggage policy
3. Island Air
Island Air will usually accept a pre-inspected box of pineapples if carried on the plane. It will not count as an extra bag or towards your baggage allowance. There may be an additional fee if checked in, it is highly recommended that you take it as a carry-on.
For transportation from points in Hawaii, Delta will accept one box or mesh bag of pineapples as part of your carry-on baggage allowance. This is provided there is no violation of agricultural restrictions for the destination country and subject to the availability of space on the aircraft.
If space is not available, Delta may require that the baggage be checked in and will gate check the baggage free of charge assuming the item meets Delta’s general size limit for carry-on baggage allowance.
Read more on Delta Contract of Carriage
5. American Airlines
From Florida or Hawaii within the United States, 1 box/bag of fruit or 1 box of flowers is allowed in addition to the normal check in baggage allowance. Checked baggage charges do not apply.
American Airlines Web Reference > Bag Items > From Florida or Hawaii
United does not have a policy specifically regarding pineapples.
If flying Economy Basic, which does not include any free carry-ons, you would have to take it as a personal item.
If flying General or Standard Economy, the box can be counted as a personal sized carry-on item as it fits under the seat and will not take up overhead compartment room.
How long will the pineapples last from when we get them?
As the pineapples are only picked when ripe for maximum sweetness, it is recommended that you consume them within a week or two.
Once cut, the pineapples should be kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator and can last for about a week.
What should I do if I want more pineapples when I get back home?
You can order more pineapples online on the Hawaiian Crown™ Website
How should I choose my pineapple?
If you purchase from Hawaiian Crown, you never have to worry about picking a good pineapple. Only the best fruit are picked and packed for you to take home.
How can I tell if the pineapple is ripe?
All of the pineapples in the pre-inspected Airport Ready boxes are ripe. Only pineapples that have reached their optimal growth and sweetness are picked and packed. Please enjoy our pineapples within a week or two to enjoy maximum sweetness and flavor.
How do I check for bruises on my pineapple?
Check your pineapples (especially if you checked them in) upon arrival for any soft spots, wet spots, or leaky spots, as these are an indication of bruising. Despite their tough appearance, pineapples can bruise. If you find bruises, you should eat the fruit as soon as possible or keep it in the refrigerator. Do not leave bruised fruit out on the counter.
Why do the pineapples in the Airport Ready box still have the crown on? Isn’t that wasted space?
The pineapple crown adds protection and helps keep the pineapple fresh. Once the crown is removed, the pineapple needs to be consumed immediately or put in the fridge since it exposes the top of the fruit. It is equivalent to cutting the fruit in half and the fruit would begin to ferment.
Can I regrow a pineapple from the crown?
Yes, a pineapple can be regrown from its crown. Plant the crown in soil and water it daily. Depending on your climate, you might get a pineapple in two years. That’s about how long it takes to grow a pineapple!
For a quicker pineapple fix, order on the Hawaiian Crown™ Website
How should I enjoy my pineapple?
The best way is also the simplest! Enjoy it freshly cut and chilled to taste the natural sweetness of the fruit.
Pineapples go great with vanilla ice-cream or even added to fried rice for that Hawaiian spin. On BBQ nights, you can also enjoy the pineapple grilled in a burger.
Fun Pineapple Facts!
• Pineapples are called “Hala Kahiki” in Hawaiian, or “Foreign Hala”. When the Hawaiians first saw the fruit, they felt that it resembled the local fruit, the Hawaiian Hala.
• Pineapples are not native to Hawaii! Their presence was first recorded in 1813.
• The Hawaii Pineapple export industry was developed by Californian entrepreneurs and the well-connected James Dole who arrived in 1899.
• Although Hawaii is famous for its pineapple, today, less than 1% of the pineapple consumed in the United States is grown in Hawaii. Almost 97% is grown in Latin America due to lower production costs.
• The pineapple fruit is formed by a cluster of flowers on the plant.
• The Hawaiian pizza was invented by Sam Panopoulos who was born in Greece and moved to Canada. He added pineapple to his pizza served in his Ontario-based restaurants and named the pizza after the brand of canned pineapple used on the pie.