Romance Never Dies In Hawaii
Hawaii is synonymous with romance, evoking the imagination with the scent of gardenias, lush vegetation, the salty sea air and the magnificent sunsets. While lying on the beach sipping mai tais with your loved one is romantic, there are so many places to go and things to do on Oahu that take the wedding cake regarding romantic sightseeing and adventure. Add these romantic ideas to your itinerary for a memorable vacation that you’ll talk about for years to come.
LA MER AT HALEKULANI
Enjoy an opulent three- or four-course dinner with ocean breezes at La Mer, one of two AAA Five Diamond restaurants on Oahu. The menu features dishes inspired by flavors from the South of France using fresh local ingredients. Some featured delectables include poached lobster, foie gras, filet of beef with foie gras and truffle mousseline, and an end-of-dinner cheese cart for an added French je-ne-sais-quoi. Be sure to order a glass from the restaurant’s award-winning wine list.
BLUE NOTE HAWAII
Blue Note Hawaii is a premier jazz venue that brings artists from around the world. It’s in a 9,000-square-foot facility inside the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort. Performers have included Grammy-winning trumpeter Chris Botti (pictured above), Taylor Hicks, WAR, Living Colour and the Manhattan Transfer, as well as such local greats as Jake Shimabukuro, Henry Kapono and Willie K. There are two performances each night, seven days a week, so any time is a good time for a slow dance.
Waikiki Beach is Oahu’s most famous stretch of sand, though it’s only one of six along the Waikiki neighborhood. The waterfront is full of resorts, hotels, restaurants and shopping areas.
During the day, it is perfect for surfing and sunning, but at night — because nearly every hotel room is just a couple of blocks from the shore — it’s a relaxing place to listen to the rhythmic sound of crashing waves. Afterward, stroll hand-in-hand, barefoot, along the palm-lined beach — or sit side-by-side on a towel — and watch one of the most majestic and romantic sunsets in the world.
After the sun sets, stroll over to Hilton Hawaiian Village and watch the spectacular fireworks display, which is presented every Friday at 7:45 pm.
Is it love that makes you feel like you’re floating on a breeze? Or is it the dizzying 1,000-foot height and the strong trade winds blowing through the mountains at Nuuanu Pali Lookout? The scenic stop is on a pass-through of the Koolau Mountain Range that connects one side of Oahu to the other. The powerful winds make it a multisensory experience with spectacular views of the valleys, the windward coast and the expansive blue waters of the Pacific. Be sure to hold each other tightly — for romantic and practical reasons — as strong gusts can reach up to speeds of 74 mph.
SPITTING CAVES OF PORTLOCK
This spot may be difficult to find at first as the trailhead is at the end of a road in a small East Oahu neighbourhood. The steep trail leads to a shoreline of volcanic rock carved by the sea. They can be very slippery so be careful climbing down, but it’s worth the effort, especially at sunrise or sunset. The waves slam into the cliffs in a dramatic display, worthy of an Instagram moment. Snap a selfie of you and your sweetie and watch the waves, the sun and each other.
For a unique and sexy date, take a tango lesson from tango maestro George Garcia. His Isla Tango offers classes for all skill levels, either in weekly lessons or on a drop-in basis. Learn common sequences and how to properly execute them: Boleos, Sacadas, Molienetes and Ganchos. Each month focuses on a special topic while milongas and practicas are held weekly to practice what you’ve learned and dance the night away.
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