Free/Budget Dates

Save money with these dates, so you can spend more on gifts for each other.

Lyon Arboretum provides a beautiful setting for romance.

Photo: Scott Kubo

Explore Manoa

For a truly romantic affair, have a picnic at the 200-acre Lyon Arboretum amongst its lush and vibrant scenery. If you’re feeling energetic, take a hike through the valley on one of the multiple trails. The cost is free, although small donations are always welcome. 3860 Manoa Road, 988-0456,

A Downtown Interlude

If you and your sweetie are busy downtown professionals, an easy—and free—afternoon date is hidden in the First Hawaiian Center at 999 Bishop Street. The Contemporary Museum has a secluded satellite gallery that’s accessible by walking into the main lobby area of FHC and heading up the stairs. Currently on display: “Anxiety’s Edge” by artists such as Kara Walker and Gregory Crewdson, and “In Memoriam: Maqbool Fida Husain” with Hindu subject and European style paintings. Afterwards, take a quick ride on the FHC elevators. It’s the tallest building in the state, and the glass elevators give a panoramic view of Honolulu Harbor.


For a casual pau hana date in Waikiki, Wolfgang’s Steakhouse, in the Royal Hawaiian Center, offers its daily bar promotion Cocktails on Kalakaua. Grab a martini and order a few of its $5 items, such as hamburger or steak sliders, and ahi or steak tartare. It’s one of the best deals you’ll find at a steakhouse. No reservation needed, but get there early for a seat at the bar, daily from 4 to 6:30 p.m., 2301 Kalakaua Ave., 922-3600, Watch a video from our editors.

Outdoor Melodies

Pack a bottle of wine, sliced gouda and peppercorn crackers and head over to the Hawaii State Art Museum for its monthly Live From the Lawn performances on First Fridays, featuring Na Hoku-award winning musicians, salsa bands, aerial troupes and more. 250 S. Hotel St., 586-0300,

Smell. Swirl. Sip.

You prefer chardonnays. He’s a merlot snob. But you both love a good bargain. Look no further than HASR Wine Co. for your next wine outing. The cozy shop offers free tastings every Tuesday and Friday from 5 to 7 p.m., as well as First Friday tastings, starting at 5:30 p.m. After you’re both a bit tipsy, pop over next door to Grand Café and Bakery for dinner. Get the lemon cake for dessert—you won’t regret it.,