5 Valentine’s ideas that aren’t dinner or chocolates

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Valentine’s Day is this coming weekend and let’s face it: Flowers, chocolates and fancy dinners are just so … predictable. (Well, maybe not chocolates, we never get tired of chocolates.)

No worries! We’ve got five fun ideas to add an unexpected twist to your V-Day. Book early, though. We checked: Spots are running out.

Spalding House picnic

Spalding HouseWhat: Romantic sunlit lunch
Where: Spalding House, 2411 Makiki Heights Dr.
Cost: $35

Picture this: A view of the city from the sprawling, manicured lawns of Honolulu Museum of Art’s Spalding House, a picnic lunch, your sweetie and you. Spalding House Cafe provides tatami mats, you provide the BYOB bubbly (no corkage fee). What you get: a sandwich or salad for each person, cookies and a choice of beverages packed in a pretty basket. Picnic options are offered daily; you’ll have to bring your own romantic touches (no other outside food, though). Call ahead to reserve, lunch only.

Visit honolulumuseum.org for more info and the menu.


Pedicab ride in Waikiki

Honolulu PedicabWhat: You get to not be the one driving through Waikiki. Plus it’s ecofriendly
Where: Honolulu Pedicab, 151 Kalakaua Ave.
Price: $75 per couple

Every hour on the hour, all day Valentine’s Day, Honolulu Pedicab takes riders on an eclectic hourlong ride through Waikiki with lots of photo ops along the way. Drivers act as your personal guides while you pick their brains about local history and culture, or just sit back and enjoy. See the shoreline, learn about Waikiki’s architectural highlights and stop at your guide’s favorite “secret spots” with Diamond Head as your backdrop.

Check available time slots and make reservations at honolulupedicab.com.


“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” opera

A Midsummer Night's DreamWhat: Culture, baby
Where: Blaisdell Concert Hall, 777 Ward Ave.
Price: $34 – $135 per person

Hawaii Opera Theatre picked Valentine’s weekend to premiere their production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Shakespeare’s most popular comedic play about the world’s favorite pastime: falling in love. You can have a cultured evening watching fairies, royals and elves become star-crossed lovers at one of three performances, including one on Sunday, Feb. 14.

Find out more about the play and purchase tickets at hawaiiopera.org. There’s a Groupon deal for Section C seats if you plan to see the Feb. 12 or Feb. 16 shows.


Kayaking tour for two

Kayak TourWhat: You get to show off your athletic side
Where: TwoGood Kayaks, 134 B Hamakua Dr.
Price: $178+ per couple

If you want to do something active for your V-Day weekend, try working together in a tandem kayak. Kailua Bay shores offer the perfect spot to set off on an adventure to Popoi’a or Mokulua islands.

Companies like TwoGood Kayaks are offering Groupons for guided tours, including life jackets, paddles, a picnic lunch, snorkeling gear, dry bags, padded backrests for each person and, of course, the kayak.


Wine and paint night

Wine and Design

Photo via Wine and Design

What: Wine and painting, together at last!
Where: Various places
Price: $35+ per person


A little imbibing can really help get your creative juices flowing. These instructional painting classes are paired with food and drink to make you focus less on perfecting your masterpiece and more on having a good time. You can buy drinks and noms if you try classes at Wine and Canvas or Painting With A Twist or you can BYOB if you try Wine and Design.