It’s that sweet, overly sentimental time of year; birds are singing and everyone’s drunk off of chocolate truffles and Sweethearts candy. But Valentine’s Day can often place one in a precarious position, if not readily prepared. Here are a few fun activities we’ve assembled that might do the trick! –N.R.
Sunset Dinner Cruise Treat your sweetheart to a dazzling sunset dinner cruise. Enjoy a delectable dinner, listen to live entertainment and watch the city lights drift further and further away (swoon!) Aloha Tower Marketplace, Departs from Pier 8, 1 Aloha Tower Dr.: Tue., 2/14, (5:30–7:30pm) $69.84–$86.23. 983-7827, [starofhonolulu.com]
A Nobu Valentine Head chef Robin Lee partners with sushi chef Yoshio Ono and pastry chef Rachel Murai to create an exquisite romantic menu, featuring Siberian caviar, karashi su miso, seared hotate tiradito with dashi-infused zucchini and mochi yuba. After assorted sushi and lobster miso soup, finish with burnt ice cream, hazlenuts and orange zest. Nobu, 2233 Hemuloa Rd.: Tue., 2/14 $140 per person, [noburestaurants.com], 237-6999.
Be My Rainbow Warrior Valentine When is the last time you went bowling (cosmic style), as you sang your favorite guilty pleasures with the UH Rainbow Dance Warriors? If you haven’t checked this one off the list yet, now is your time. The UH Rainbow Warriors are hosting a Valentine’s edition cosmic bowling fundraiser event to raise enough money to go to WAC. Help the Warrior gals reach their goal! Aiea Bowl, 99-115 Aiea Heights Dr., Suite 310: Mon., 2/13, (10pm–2am) all college ID’s bowl free, $10–$15, 18+. [email: aieabowl], 488-6854
Blazing Saddles’ “Melts in Your Mouth” Party Join the LGBT country-western social dance club for a Valentine’s edition of fun, delicious food and hours of sizzling country-western dancing. Beginners welcome. Ala Wai Golf Course Clubhouse, 404 Kapahulu Ave., second floor. (look for the rainbow flag): Tue., 2/14, (6:30–9:15pm) Free. [blazingsaddleshi.org]
Burlesque Bingo Emcees Shain of Ong King and Ding.Ding?Ding! of Pacific Roller Derby have banded together with Burlesque performers Miss Catwings, Madame X and Lola Love through their shared love of bingo. One entry is $10 and includes 10 bingo cards. If plain ‘ole bingo isn’t enough, know that your doing it for a good cause! This Valentine’s bingo is part of the Honolulu V-Day Campaign to raise awareness and end violence against women and girls on ‘Oahu. Marks Garage, 1159 Nuuanu Ave.: Tue., 2/14, (8-10pm) $10. [vday.org]
Films to Fall in Love With (See film blurbs) For February, the Doris Duke Theatre has cooked up a month of “Dangerously Romantic: Films to Fall in Love With.” How can you go wrong with a dinner and a movie? On Valentine’s Day, attend the dining reception at 6, which features an elegant buffet by Eat Catering and Cafe, along with music from Hotclub of Hulaville. Conclude the evening with a screening of the fantasy-comedy, La Fée. Doris Duke Theatre, 900 S. Beretania St.: Tue., 2/14, (6pm) $40–$45, 532-8768
Rock-A-Hula Valentine Don’t quite have the vocal chops to woo your sweetheart without sounding like Adam Sandler from The Wedding Singer? Get help from the classic heartthrobs; Hear famous love ballads from Elvis, Elton John and the rest of the Rock-A-Hula cast. In addition to a gourmet dinner and romantic concert, Legends in Concert will present each lady with a red rose for the entire month of February. Royal Hawaiian Theater, Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, 2201 Kalakaua Ave.: Tue., 2/14, (8:15pm) $41–146 for adult kamaaina. 805-7469 for tickets, [legendsinconcert.com]
Spahalekulani Chocolates and Champagne A special spa package, hand-crafted especially for Valentine’s Day, will be offered throughout the month of February. Relax with your other half with a waterless pedicure for two, while feasting on signature Halekulani chocolates and sipping on Champagne. Halekulani, 2199 Kalia Rd.: Wed 2/8 – Wed 2/15 $165 excluding gratuity and taxes. [email: spa.halekulani], 931-5322
Poly Hearts For the first time, The Polynesian Cultural Center will be a one-stop-shop for the complete Valentine’s experience. Enjoy a hearty Island feast and live entertainment from Natalie Ai Kamauu and Kapena. This is a kamaaina exclusive event; guests must have a valid Hawaii ID to be eligible. Polynesian Cultural Center, 55-370 Kamehameha Hwy, Laie: Sat., 2/11, (7–9pm) $25. [Polynesia.com], 293-3333
Romantic Fusion Looking for a more local taste this Valentine’s Day? How about a five-course meal in the heart of Honolulu? Start off with a delicate amuse-bouche before moving on to your other four courses. Chef Ron de Guzman is intentionally keeping his dishes a surprise, but he is well-known for his Asian-American fusion influences, so be on the lookout for that. Feel free to pair your meal with a range of reds from the Amuse Wine Bar, which has an assortment of wines for you to taste. Stage Restaurant, 1250 Kapiolani Blvd., 2nd floor: Sat., 2/11, Mon., 2/13, Tue., 2/14, (Mon.,–Sat., 11:30am–1:30pm and 5:30–8:30pm) $75, $35 more for optional wine pairing. 237-5429
Will-ow Marry Me? Willows is throwing in something extra special with the Valentine’s buffet this year. For the first time, they will be offering complimentary wedding vow renewal ceremonies and promise ceremonies for couples who aren’t yet married, in Hawaiian and in English, for their Valentine’s Day guests. Couples will even receive personalized commemorative certificates signed by Kahu Kelekona Bishaw, who will be performing the ceremonies. There will be two different ceremony times; the first beginning at 6:15 and the second beginning at 7:45. And of course, executive chef Miles Miyamoto has a fantastic menu up his sleeve. Willows Restaurant, 901 Hausten St.: Tue., 2/14, (5:30–9PM) $42.92. 952-9200