The Academy Art Center at Linekona offers classes in drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, glass and more. Take up a hobby together, get your hands dirty and you could be living out the pottery scene from Ghost by week’s end. 900 S. Beretania St., 532-8700, honoluluacademy.org.
For the first 10 months of the year, the Honolulu Academy of Arts hosts Art After Dark on the last Friday of each month. It’s a great place to take a date who is passionate about the arts. Each month has a new theme, such as this month’s (October 2012) “Freak Out!” where you and your date can meander through galleries, bust out your Halloween costumes, watch artists-in-residence and eat, drink and dance the evening away. 900 S. Beretania St., Honolulu, 532-8700, artafterdark.org.
Show off your sophisticated side by escorting your date to the luxurious Shangri La, the former home of Doris Duke. It’s an Islamic-inspired mansion, built in 1937 and is home to Duke’s 60-year collection of Islamic art. The tour allows you to flaunt your bottomless knowledge of history, architecture and art to your partner, and maybe learn something, too. Download an entry form to go on the free kamaaina tour, held the first Wednesday of each month. 4055 Papu Circle, 734-1941, shangrilahawaii.org.
Skip Friends with Benefits and bring your date to the Doris Duke Theatre, part of the Honolulu Academy of Arts. It’s one of the few Oahu theaters that screens independent, international and documentary films. Check out one of its numerous ongoing events, such as the annual Honolulu Surf Film Festival, or the Bollywood Film Festival. Visit honoluluacademy.org theater calendar for a full listing of films. 900 S. Beretania St., 532-8768.
You both love art. You both relish discussing interpretive pieces. You both love holding hands as you walk from gallery to gallery. Slow Art Friday was practically created with the two of you in mind. Unlike its predecessor, First Friday, this monthly event, held every third Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. and beyond is more about the art than it is about the Chinatown bar hopping. Of course, we can’t object to a glass of wine from Brasserie Du Vin (see Foodie Dates) afterward. artsdistricthonolulu.com.
Taking your date to a 16-cineplex is so passé. Instead, get tickets to a show at one of Oahu’s local theaters. Each one has a different vibe, specializing in different plays. Here’s the rundown: Diamond Head Theatre: This mid-size theatre is known for its Broadway musical productions. diamondheadtheatre.com. Manoa Valley Theatre: This theatre focuses on Broadway, Off-Broadway and contemporary plays. manoavalleytheatre.com. Kumu Kahua Theatre: This small theatre prides itself on Hawaii-centric plays. kumukahua.org. Hawaii Theatre: This classic theatre features the performing arts, but performances are often short running. hawaiitheatre.com.