Posted April 8th, 2012, 06:42 AM
We did that once and I don't know if it was the luck of the draw or what, but the pineapples we got from the airport were about as under-ripe as the ones you get here in the on the mainland.
Well, that stinks! We've never had anything but good quality, nicely ripe, juicy-sweet pineapples to take home. OTOH, we've only bought them at the airport one time (when I forgot to order in advance for airport delivery). Those were in shops past security, so we had to schlep them onboard as extra carry-ons (no fee). Every other time, we've ordered and had them delivered to the airport. The best, the absolute best are Maui Gold on Maui, but you can't get those for take home on any other island. That's one reason we prefer flying home out of Kahului. (That and it's a smaller, easier airport than HNL.)
As an FYI to everyone: Mainland bound passengers are still allowed to check one box of pineapple each with no baggage fee.