By Karen Iwamoto
Special to Frolic Hawaii
From Dorito-crusted fried chicken wings with friends to an over-the-top evening on the windward side with your sweetheart, here’s a list of not-so-typical Valentine’s Day options as diverse as the types of love worth celebrating.
1200 Ala Moana Blvd.
$39 per person
The more the merrier for this friendship-themed Valentine’s Day dinner at Piggy Smalls. The Pig & the Lady’s kid sister restaurant invites you to come with friends, family or just yourself and make some new ones over burgers and boozy milkshakes, Dorito-crusted fried chicken and a BFF salted chocolate cookie. Even the shyest little piggy won’t want to stay home for this one.
Madre Chocolate is celebrating Valentine’s Day for the second year with a Beer Mine and Eat Chocolate tasting. If a romantic four-course meal or store-bought sweets isn’t for your honey, connect over organic fair-trade chocolate and complimentary brews at their Kailua location.
Kahala Resort’s casual, open-air Veranda takes the sweet in sweetheart to the next level with a V-Day special fixed solely on dessert. Couples will enjoy a Valrhona “Illanka” bittersweet chocolate fondue served with dippable cinnamon financiers, fresh strawberries, homemade marshmallows, caramelized macadamia nuts, raspberry meringue and two glasses of Lucien Albrecht Rose Brut.
The Chinatown brunch hotspot is hosting a special four-course prix fixe dinner of roasted cauliflower and faro salad, keawe-smoked steak tartare, halal cart lamb over rice or shrimp etouffee-smothered risotto, and strawberries n’ cream-stuffed French toast. You’ll want to your tickets early as space is limited, with seatings at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
If you plan on going big for Valentine’s Day, this one-of-a-kind event at scenic Kualoa Ranch is the way to do it. Entertainment by legendary Robert Cazimero, and an ahupuaa-to-table-themed five-course prix fixe dinner and wine pairing by former Morimoto Waikiki chefs Luis Castro and Lawrence Lao, featuring fresh bounty from the ranch. The evening also includes a tour of the 800-year-old Hawaiian fishpond.