Cityscape: How Honolulu Became the City of the Pineapple

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Honolulu is easily one of the most beautiful cities in the world and my personal favorite. No vacation has ever beat the one I took there with its beautiful sandy shores and giant waves, which is why millions of other tourists flock to the small island capital every year. Honolulu and Hawaii, in general, is often associated with my favorite fruit, pineapple. The pineapple has become a staple of their culture. While tourism might be the primary source of income for Honolulu in today’s world, it was once the pineapple canning industry that supported the islands.

The Pineapple And Hawaii

It didn’t take me long to run into a pineapple graphic when walking around Honolulu. They adorn the sides of buildings, local restaurants, and even city buses. The pineapple has become synonymous with Honolulu and Hawaiian culture, but it’s interesting to note that it wasn’t always this way. Despite being so closely tied to the image of Honolulu, the pineapple is not a native Hawaiian fruit.

The pineapple originates in South America and then taken to Spain where it was named the “pina” due to its resemblance to a large pinecone. The pineapple didn’t arrive in Hawaii until the late 1700’s. Even then, it wasn’t until the turn of the 20th century that the industry began to form. One person, in particular, James Dole, became an influential figure in the pineapple revolution. He moved to Hawaii and purchased a large plot of land that was eventually dedicated entirely to the cultivation of the pineapple.

The industrial revolution would be the fuel that fed the pineapple. Over the following decades, there would several massive pineapple farms appearing throughout Hawaii. James Dole then invested in a machine that was capable of skinning, coring, and slicing a pineapple by itself, thus eliminating countless hours of labor.

The pineapple industry brought Hawaii into the modern era and soon owned the largest canneries in the world. For a period, Hawaii was responsible for more than 80 percent of the canned pineapples produced on the entire planet.

Today, the pineapple industry itself has moved away from Hawaii. Most of the large farms and canneries discontinued operation and are now tourist attractions. Even so, the pineapple as a symbol has not faded away. Nor will it ever. This fascinating history of my favorite city and fruit is why pineapple essential oil perfectly represents the Hawaiian capital of Honolulu.

Cityscape- How Honolulu is the City of the PineappleThe Pineapple Oil

The oils of the pineapple are extracted using a cold pressing technique on the peels of the fruit. It can be used as a fragrance in beauty products or inhaled via aromatherapy treatments. It has numerous benefits depending on how you use it. It often contains limonene as well, thus adding to it the benefit of many other citrus-based essential oils.

Often, skin care products use pineapple oil since it can be used to treat dry skin and alleviate acne symptoms. The antioxidant properties help it eliminate certain impurities on the skin that are responsible for causing breakouts. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce the severity of existing breakouts.

The oil can also help balance your sebum production, which reduces dry skin and increases the “glow effect.” So if you’re not lucky enough to get that skin glow by vacationing in Honolulu all the time, the pineapple oil is a good alternative. At the same time, it helps to exfoliate and remove dead skin cells. A daily regimen containing pineapple oil can fight discoloration, dry spots, and overall help reduce the visible signs of aging.

Usually, when something is good for the skin, it’s often good for the hair as well. The same applies to pineapple essential oil since it helps to improve hair health and encourages the growth of new hair while maintaining a shiny gloss on existing hair. Another benefit is that it reduces breakage and dryness of the hair. Many people massage pineapple oil into their scalp to enjoy all of these benefits while also reducing possible scalp inflammation.

A City Known For Its Pineapples

Whether or not the pineapple industry still thrives in Honolulu, there’s no separating it from its imagery. No other fruit (and essential oil), including the coconut and the mountain apple, can so accurately represent my favorite city. If you’re bumming over being so far away from the islands, perhaps reaping the benefits from the power of the pineapple oil will make you feel a little closer to Honolulu.

We hope you enjoyed this personal account by a fellow essential oil lover, Maya C. Check out more Cityscape stories here


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The above information relates to studies of specific individual essential oil ingredients, some of which are used in the essential oil blends for various MONQ diffusers. Please note, however, that while individual ingredients may have been shown to exhibit certain independent effects when used alone, the specific blends of ingredients contained in MONQ diffusers have not been tested. No specific claims are being made that use of any MONQ diffusers will lead to any of the effects discussed above.  Additionally, please note that MONQ diffusers have not been reviewed or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. MONQ diffusers are not intended to be used in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, prevention, or treatment of any disease or medical condition. If you have a health condition or concern, please consult a physician or your alternative health care provider prior to using MONQ diffusers.

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