The most-visited tourist attraction in the state of Hawaii is the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument (also known as the Pearl Harbor bombing site). The second most visited attraction is about 20 miles north: the Dole pineapple plantation. The first profitable lot of canned pineapples was produced by Dole’s Hawaiian Pineapple Company in 1903. With the expanding plant, in 1927, the Hawaiian Pineapple Co, needed a water tower for its cannery’s fire-prevention sprinkler system.
Hawaii architect Charles William Dickey (Dole’s brother-in-law) proposed to company engineer Simes Thurston Hoyt that the water tank might be fashioned to resemble a pineapple; the 100,000-gallon tank, complete with 46 leaves – it was completed in January 1928, and was the tallest structure in Honolulu. The Pineapple tank started a trend; other product-based water tanks were later constructed.