Want to avoid the crowded restaurants, fixed menus and high prices this February 14?
Ya, us too. We recommend you grab your picnic basket and your Valentine and head to one of our favorite places for romance. Here's our top Big Island, Hawaii places to spend Valentine's Day:
Mauna Kea Summit
It's time to hop in your 4WD, grab a coat (or borrow one?) and head up Saddle Road. If you and your Valentine are in the mood to bundle up together this winter, why not proclaim your love from the summit of Mauna Kea? After all, it is technically the world's tallest mountain. Bring a blanket and some hot chocolate and take in the 360 views. After sunset what could be better than some world class stargazing with your love?
If you're anything like us, you are always looking more a little more Zen in your life. For a low key relaxing day, head to Hilo's Lili‘uokalani Gardens. With water views galore, this tranquil Japanese garden is located right along Hilo Bay. The expansive grounds boast fish ponds, pagodas, statues and even a Japanese teahouse. Grab your Valentine by the hand and stroll across the bridge to little Moku Ola island, where some believe the water has healing powers!
Also called Wai‘alea Beach, this is one of our favorite off the beaten path spots on the island. Plenty of shade and beautiful sand. If the water is calm this is a great place to snorkel, swim, or frolic together in the water. We like to beat the crowds and get there early for a quiet morning on the beach. You and your love can tuck away and lounge in the shade under the Ironwood trees. And of course, you can end your special day by taking in that spectacular Hawaiian sunset.
Whatever you choose to do and whoever you are with, have a happy and safe Valentine's Day!
Me ke aloha,