Most people agree that Hawaii is one of the most romantic places on Earth. According to the Wedding Report, Inc., Hawaii saw a total of 22,630 weddings in 2017 alone. An even larger number of lovebirds visited our paradise for their honeymoon, anniversary, and vow renewal.
In fact, four Hawaii cities have been named among the most sought-after destinations for Valentine’s Day, according to a recent survey by vacation rental management company Vacasa. Comparing the combined occupancy of its Valentine’s Day bookings throughout the country for the last three years, Vacasa found that Lahaina came in at #9, Waikoloa landed as #5, Princeville came in at #4, and Honolulu scored the top spot at #1.
What’s not to love? Hawaii is home to beautiful sunsets, lush green rainforests, cascading waterfalls, fragrant flowers, and some of the world’s best beaches for strolling hand-in-hand.
So celebrating Valentine’s Day in the Hawaiian Islands is pure magic. Here's a list of six top romantic Hawaii Valentine’s Day ideas to help keep the sparks alive with your ku’uipo!
1) Learn To Say “Happy Valentine’s Day” In Hawaiian
Impress your ku’uipo by wishing him/her “Happy Valentine’s Day” in the Hawaiian language. Since Valentine’s Day was not a part of ancient Hawaiian culture, it has no specific Hawaiian word. Yet, the word aloha symbolizes love. The Hawaiian word for happy is hau’oli and the word for day is la. When you string it all together, you have Hau’oli La Aloha.
2) Dine At An Award-Winning Romantic Restaurant
Valentine’s Day is a splurge occasion. And there’s no better place to splurge than at a romantic, award-winning restaurant.
A trio of Hawaii eateries recently made the cut in TripAdvisor’s list of the nation's 25 most romantic restaurants. Mama's Fish House on Maui is ranked #13, Hy's Steak House in Waikiki is ranked #17 and Tidepools in the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort is ranked #18.
Forbes has awarded Five-Star and Four-Star status to Halekulani’s La Mer and Orchids, respectively. Other Four-Star winners are Chef Mavro on Oahu, Spago and Cane & Canoe on Maui, and ‘Ulu Ocean Grill + Sushi Lounge on Hawaii Island.
Chef Mavro and La Mer were also recognized with the coveted AAA Five Diamond Award. Tapped with Four-Diamond status are the Banyan Tree in Kapalua, Spago and Mill House on Maui. In Honolulu, winners include Bali Steak & Seafood, Hoku’s and Orchids. Kauai adds in Red Salt, with Hawaii Island receiving nods for Brown’s Beach House and Manta & Pavilion Wine Bar. One Forty on Lanai also made the Four Star list.
3) Cruise Into The Evening
Show how much you love your sweetheart by cruising along Oahu’s south shore on a romantic sunset dinner cruise. Both Atlantic Cruises (AtlantisAdventures.com) and Star of Honolulu (StarOfHonolulu.com) offer different dining options, with the latter featuring a special Valentine’s dinner menu.
If you’re on Maui, sail into a Hawaiian sunset with Trilogy Excursions (SailTrilogy.com). For the ultimate dessert, you may even spot whales as the sun slips below the horizon with the islands of Molokai and Lanai painting a perfect backdrop.
Or keep it super intimate by chartering a sailboat cruise. Kohala Sail & Sea (KohalaSailAndSea.com) lets lovebirds experience the stunning hues of a West Hawaii Island sunset, as it casts a magical glow on the mountains of Kohala, Maunakea, Mauna Loa, and Hualalai.
4) Share An Oceanside Couple’s Massage
It’s tough to top the romantic ecstasy of a couple’s massage. At the Abhasa Waikiki Spa (https://en.abhasa.com) at The Royal Hawaiian Hotel, pairs can indulge with a luxurious spa treatment in a serene tropical garden setting. On Oahu’s North Shore, Nalu Kinetic Spa at Turtle Bay Resort (TurtleBayResort.com) lets pairs enjoy a treatment in an oceanfront cabana with the sound of waves lulling you to sleep.
At Montage Kapalua Bay (MontageHotels.com/kapaluabay) on Maui, the Spa Montage offers an array of wellness services and programs that honor Hawaii’s traditions and abundant local ingredients. Couples select indoor or outdoor treatment rooms and enjoy a hydrotherapy circuit in an infinity pool.
If you’re on Kauai, check out the 45,000-square-foot Anara Spa at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa (GrandHyattKauai.com). Hawaii Island also wows couples with treatments in private outdoor huts at the Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii’s Spa Without Walls (Fairmont.com/orchid-hawaii).
5) Picnic At The Beach
If you want to keep it super simple, pack a picnic of local specialties for a romantic picnic on the beach. On Oahu, you’ll find secluded spots at Waimanalo Beach Park or along the stretch of beach off Turtle Bay Resort.
Or check out on Kapalua Beach on the north shore of Maui, Papohaku Beach on Molokai, Tunnels Beach on Kauai, or Makalawena Beach on Hawaii Island.
6) Share An Inspiring Adventure
Hawaii adventure options are boundless! Among the top bucket listers on every island is a private helicopter tour. Blue Hawaiian Helicopters (BlueHawaiian.com) delivers a bird's-eye view of majestic waterfalls, rugged coastlines and deeply etched valleys with private sightseeing tours of Oahu, Kauai, Maui, and Hawaii Island.
If you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day on Maui, catch sunrise at Haleakala Crater (nps.gov/hale/index.htm). Rise well before dawn to drive to the 10,000-foot summit, and then prepare for visual nirvana as the sky and landscape take on a kaleidoscope of colors.
For a true taste of nightlife, take a sunset and stargazing trip to Maunakea with Hawaii Forest & Trail (Hawaii-Forest.com). Traveling from sea level to the 13,796-foot summit, this journey reveals why Maunakea is considered one of the world's premier astronomy locations.
Weaving excursions into Kauai’s lush interior landscape with exclusive access to more than 17,000 acres of old plantation lands, Kauai Backcountry Adventures (KauaiBackcountry.com) has tapped into the former Lihue Plantation irrigation system that was hand-dug circa 1870. Couples can don headlamps, slip into super-durable tubes, and take a lazy river approach for soaking in the fun and sun.