In Oahu on the way to North Shore, I always love driving by the orderly rows of Pineapples in Wahiawa. The soil is a rusty red, and the pineapple stalks a luscious green. Two nights ago I was treated to a purple sunset... It all made for a nice palette of colors. I wondered why the earth is this color, and I found this quote from the Dole Plantation website FAQ, "The red earth of Wahiawa, which is famous in Hawai‘i for staining everything from clothing to pets with a permanent rusty tinge, is caused by decomposing volcanic ash that fills the soil with oxidized iron. This mineral-rich mixture may not be so good for your white t-shirt, but pineapples love it, and respond by growing big and sweet."
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