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Thursday, January 21, 2010

THERE ISN’T A MORE ROMANTIC PLACE ON EARTH THAN HAWAII – THE PERFECT PLACE TO CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY

Hawaii is one of the most romantic places on earth. So any time and every time is the perfect time to consider a Hawaiian vacation, but if you are going to be here for Valentine's Day, there is not a more perfect place to celebrate.

Many people go to Hawaii to celebrate romance. They know that Hawaii is great place to get married, honeymoon or celebrate a wedding anniversary. So if you have any of those cherished events coming up or you're looking for ways to rekindle the flame with a loved one, here are some top ideas for romantic things to do in Hawaii. After all, Hawaii truly exudes romance.

Here is our list of Valentine romantic experiences in Hawaii. Be sure to check them out on Hawaii.com.

Take in a beautiful sunset.
There's really nothing much more romantic than sitting beside each other to watch the sun sink into the ocean. Make watching the sunset even more memorable with a sunset cruise/sail or a picnic at a beach. Some hotels will prepare a picnic basket for you. Alternatively, it's easy to pick up picnic supplies at one of the local grocery stores.

When you live in a landlocked state, sunsets are not normally very dramatic. In Hawaii, you not only watch the sun sink into the ocean, but you also get to enjoy all the hues of the sky just after sunset. The colors of passion, such as pinks, purples, and reds fill the sky.

(If you are on Maui, consider going to the top of Haleakala Mountain to watch a sunrise. There is something very special about watching the sunrise when you are snuggling up to your sweetheart under a blanket.)

Discover the islands from the air.
If you ever watch those "searching for love" reality shows like "The Bachelor," you'll notice at some point in the show the couple will go on a helicopter tour. There's a buzz that you get from seeing a place from a different perspective. Tours are offered on every major island. Do some research online before you book with Hawaii.com.

Indulge in an oceanside couple's massage.
Imagine the bliss of side-by-side massages on a beach while you listen to the waves crash on the shore. Hawaii has some of the top spas in the world. Do your research in advance and book your appointments online so you are not disappointed.

Go stargazing.
Hawaii has very little "light pollution," which allows you to see an amazing star-filled sky. On a moonless night, Hawaii's skies sparkle with an incredible array of stars. To stargaze, you can either find a secluded spot with limited surrounding light or take a guided tour. For details, go to Hawaii.com.

Enjoy the atmosphere: Tiki torches
Everyone knows that the soft glow and flickering flame of a candle creates a romantic atmosphere. Tiki torches do the same, but on a larger scale. Every resort in Hawaii lights tiki torches at sunset. Usually there will be two torches crossed together. This would seem to symbolize two lovers. It's beautiful and just thinking about it right now will make anyone love sick for Hawaii.

Yes, Golf can be romantic

Golfers know how incredibly romantic golf can be. Riding in a cart together, sharing fantastic views and extraordinary golf holes. Men and women who play golf together understand absolutely how intoxicating this can be. There are many extraordinary courses in Hawaii, but Lanai still offers some of the most personal golf experiences with its two courses and two wonderful resorts. Click here.

Experience the summit of Mauna Kea

It's not possible to stand on the summit of Mauna Kea on the Big Island without contemplating life on another planet. It's an otherworldly experience, like none other available in Hawaii. A guided tour of the summit is the safest and most educational way to go. Several companies conduct tours, which can last seven or eight hours. Click here.

Go nightclubbing together on Oahu

Every romantic trip needs some nightlife and Oahu has the most offerings in Chinatown. Whether you're looking for a wine bar or a jazz club, Chinatown's underground venues reward the adventurous bar-hopper. On Hotel Street between Smith and Nuuanu you'll find DJs spinning and live music playing at Next Door, Bar 35, and thirtyninehotel just up the stairs. This cluster of cool brings a splash of New York style to Honolulu.

Nearby on Nuuanu Avenue, martinis are the drink of choice at Indigo restaurant; the martinis are only $4 during happy hour.  Head down Nuuanu towards the water and you'll discover Gordon Biesche Restaurant, which is at Aloha Tower. You can sit at the outside bar,   located at the end of the pier, which is lovely.

Murphy's Bar & Grill, a classic Irish watering hole, located a block from the Honolulu Harbor is a great spot. . To experience the best of Chinatown nightlife, visit during the First Friday art celebration. You'll see why the downtown streets literally buzz with activity on the first Friday of every month. Click here.

Go nightclubbing on Waikiki - Highly recommended are Jimmy Buffett's and Duke's for live music.

Savor an entire island: The Big Island

On an island of such epic scale, you'll find it's the little things that you'll long to relive again and again. A snapshot together by a waterfall along the flourishing Hamakua coast. The sea of stars in the ink-black sky above Mauna Kea. A glass of wine during sunset on the Gold Coast of Kohala. Strolling hand in hand down the black sand beach of Panaluu. The island's amazing assortment of orchids in Hilo. You'll discover an abundance of romantic settings of every scope and size on Hawaii's Big Island. Click here.

Enjoy seclusion

It isn't all that easy to find a private place in Hawaii. But if you cherish seclusion and privacy, then Lanai should be your choice. Through its landscape and legends, Lanai is imbued with romance. Next to Hulopoe Bay is stunning Puu Pehe, or Sweetheart Rock. The legend of Puu Pehe tells of the death of Pehe, the wife of a Lanai warrior. The heartbroken husband buried his wife at the top of Puu Pehe then jumped from the 80-foot summit, unable to shoulder his sorrow.

The solitary mystique of Lanai makes every treasured moment you spend with your loved one just a little more romantic. Here you can stroll on a sandy beach where the only other person you can see is the one walking beside you. The beauty of all the islands lend themselves to a romantic escape, but it's Lanai's seclusion and tranquility that makes it the stuff of waking dreams. Click here.

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Hawaii.com is the Internet's all-inclusive website for travel to, from and around the islands of Hawaii. It offers visitors unmatched ease in booking the perfect dream vacation: from airline tickets to lodging, car rentals to tee times, dining to snorkeling, leis to aloha shirts, anything to everything.  If it's in Hawaii, it's on Hawaii.com! 

Hawaii.com is owned by Gannett Co., publishers of USA Today and Stephens Interactive, and is a registered seller of travel in the State of Hawaii (No. 5832) and an accredited International Air Transport Association accredited travel agency. 


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