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Aloha and Amour in Hawaii

Heart-Racing Adventure
Aloha and Amour in Hawaii
The islands' natural beauty is intoxicating, and the lull of the tide, the swaying of the palm trees, and the warmth of the tropical sun provide a perfect romantic backdrop.
By Amanda Castleman, AFAR Local Expert
Photo by Andrea Rip
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    Heart-Racing Adventure
    Heart-Racing Adventure
    Romance isn’t the only thing that stirs the blood in Hawaii: The islands are jam-packed with adrenaline-spiking experiences. Paradise Air offers ultralight hang-gliding tours so daring lovers can circle each other over Oahu. On Maui, rent bikes and watch the sunrise from the 10,023-foot summit of Haleakalā, then zoom your way down, minding all those switchbacks! And there’s no rendezvous point more enchanting than the Kalalau Trail along the Nāpali Coast with its endless views—not to mention the dazzling array of stars for couples that camp.
    Photo by Andrea Rip
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    Sing It from the Mountaintops
    Sing It from the Mountaintops
    Lovebirds can retreat into a different world by exploring the peaks of Hawaii. Connect with Pele, the volcano goddess, who expresses her longing for her lost paramour, young chief Lohi'au, by heaving up lava. Look into her home: the fiery crater of Mount Kilauea in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. On Kauai, a trip to the Waimea Canyon allows couples to daydream together in Technicolor while gazing at the lush jungle interspersed with scarlet earth and rocky crags. And where better to propose than Diamond Head, the volcanic ash cone overlooking Waikiki? A 0.8-mile climb leads to its summit, where calcite crystals glitter in the crater and gorgeous views of the coastline unfurl.
    Photo by Andrea Rip
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    Engaging Beach Strolls
    Engaging Beach Strolls
    Kick off your shoes and let the waves lap your toes as you wander along sandy coves with your beau. Many hotels make it easy, thanks to their waterfront locations, but the remote "Forbidden Island" of Niihau and Honokōhau Bay on Maui also inspire hand-holding and quiet whispers. For even more intimacy, walk the longest stretch of beach in Hawaii: the 15-mile sweep of spectacular sands at Polihale.
    Photo by Amirah Mari
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    Romantic Resorts
    Romantic Resorts
    Hotels often overdo the whole "love in a tropical paradise" angle. But many walk the walk, catering to the desires of the diverse couples who visit for weddings, honeymoons, or a simple getaway. The Moana Surfrider whisks guests to old Hawaii in Waikiki, while the nearby Surfjack caters to the retro-loving Beach Blanket Bingo crowd with its 1960s stylings. For a more bijou experience, rent one of the cottages at the world-renowned inn and restaurant Mama’s Fish House on Maui's north shore.
    Photo by Mariko Reed/The Surfjack
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    Hawaii with the Top Down
    Hawaii with the Top Down
    Renting a car combines the romance of the road with Hawaii's irresistible atmosphere—and grants whimsy and freedom to couples. Remarkable views reward drivers who thread up the switchbacks of Oahu's Round Top and Tantalus drives. Or, cruise the North Shore coastline, where surfers brave some of the world's biggest waves in winter. On Maui, the historic Hana Highway winds past waterfalls and over bridges; just past Hana, stop to soak in the 'Ohe'o pools. And a road trip anywhere on "the Garden Island" of Kauai will delight travelers. Pause to take in the grandeur of Waimea Canyon, where red earth meets verdant valleys and rugged volcanic outcrops.
    Photo by Andrea Rip
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    An Abundance of Bouquets
    An Abundance of Bouquets
    The islands teem with captivating flowers, from the wild orchids blooming in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park to the resplendent Cup of Gold vine found along trails and driveways. Learn how to thread a lei with the Hawaii Hula Company, or from a class at the Flower Bar of the new Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina.
    Photo by Amanda Castleman
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    Historic Romance, Hawaiian-Style
    Historic Romance, Hawaiian-Style
    Visitors often swoon over the islands themselves. Feel the love in Honolulu, home to Kawaiaha'o Church, sometimes called the Westminster Abbey of the Pacific, as well as at Pearl Harbor. Long before the 1941 surprise attack, this area's Ford Island was called Mokuʻumeʻume ("the isle of attraction"), and rituals helped infertile couples conceive children there. Trips to the stately 'Iolani Palace and the Bishop Museum also transport sightseers to romantic old Hawaii. Alternatively, try serenading your sweetheart with a world-class instrument from Kamaka Ukulele, or swaying with the Hawaii Hula Company after learning the meanings behind the art's graceful movements.
    Photo by Stephanie Perry
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    Far from the Madding Crowd
    Far from the Madding Crowd
    Lanai attracts travelers looking simply to relax and enjoy the views, away from all the hubbub. Once a Dole pineapple plantation, the island's now owned by one of the world's richest men, Oracle founder Larry Ellison (well, 97 percent of it, at least). Couples who wake up with the sun can amble long stretches of deserted coastline; visit Pu'u Pehe (Sweetheart Rock), and learn the legend behind its name; then gallop among the red hills and rustling ironwoods with the Stables at Koele, which remain open while the Four Seasons Lodge undergoes renovation. For accommodations, book a room instead at "the other" resort—yes, Lanai is so mellow, it has just two—its sister property on Hulopoe Bay.
    Photo by Amanda Castleman
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    Love Food
    Love Food
    Intimate dining options abound on Hawaii, where restaurants tune in to the relationship between romance and food. On Oahu, start at Honolulu's last great tiki bar, La Mariana Sailing Club, for cocktails. Then move on to Chinatown for an elegant meal at Senia or the Pig and the Lady. Finish with the "dessert tree," a tower of delectable small bites, under the Beachhouse at the Moana's ancient banyan. Meanwhile, visitors to Kauai can soak up the dreamy views and spectacular sunsets at the Beach House Restaurant, which serves honey-foam-topped mai tais alongside dishes like Thai-inspired coconut crab cakes.
    Photo by the Moana Surfrider
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    Sweet Treats with Your Lover
    Sweet Treats with Your Lover
    Romance doesn't have to be fine wine and finicky appetizers; Hawaii knows how to keep things sweet and relaxed. Tropical fruits—including papaya, coconut, and lychee—tumble out of stalls at local farmers’ markets. Cool down at Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice, which has five outlets around Maui, or head to the island's Upcountry area to try a guava malasada (Portuguese doughnut) at T. Komoda Store & Bakery. Kauai's Eating House 1849 also serves up delicious ones, dusted with cinnamon. Visitors to Oahu can sugar-load with the iconic Hawaiian dessert haupia (coconut-milk flan) at the Highway Inn, or with a Hula Pie (macadamia nut ice cream on a chocolate-cookie crust) at Duke's Waikiki.
    Photo by Andrea Rip