Play Dates

Step outside the box together and give these activities a shot.


Pick up a brush and paint. Then, toast to your love later.

Photo: David Croxford

Ain’t Nothin’ But Mammals

What could be a more magical experience than swimming with dolphins with the one you love? Dolphin Quest at the Kahala Hotel & Resort lagoon will let you and your partner meet, touch, swim and even kayak with the gentle and playful marine mammals. Spend an hour, a day or even a week while bonding with the dolphins and with each other. 739-8888, kahalaresort.com.
 

Trivial Pursuits

Put your secret addiction to the Game Show Network to use by impressing your date with your trivia intellect at The Manifest during its weekly Trivia Tuesdays. The bar sells hotdogs for $4 (or $7 with a drink of your choice, including beer and well liquors) or you can bring your own brain food, but get there early for a good seat. By the night’s end, your significant other will know that you’re good looking and smart. Or, a total nerd. But maybe still good looking. 6 p.m., 32 N. Hotel St., 523-7575, manifesthawaii.com.
 

Paint Matching Mugs

OK, so maybe you haven’t picked up a paintbrush since the third grade. The ceramic plates, bowls, mugs, figurines and more at The Clay Café will inspire you and your better half to release your inner artist as you both draw, mix colors and paint. She’ll even pretend your splotchy animal sculpture really does look like a Dalmatian. Ward Warehouse, 589-1808, claycafehawaii.com
 

Make Your Own Vino

Pretend you’re both vintners and head over to Wine, the Experience, a DIY winery. Pick out the types of grapes you want to bottle together—the shop features 60 varieties—and then the grapes are fermented in barrels on site. After two months your wine is ready and you can hold a second wine-themed date as the two of you bottle, cork and label the vino. You’ll have 28 to 30 bottles worth to celebrate your love. 1016 Kapahulu Ave., Suite 1, 738-0738, winetheexperience.com.
 

Aerial Wonders

Embark on a history lesson together and step back into the 1940s at the Pacific Aviation Museum on Ford Island, where you’ll see a Japanese Zero, a P-40 Kittyhawk, the actual Stearman N2S-3 in which former President H.W. Bush flew and more located inside hangars, one of which still bears bullet holes from the World War II attack. Some of the docents are former military pilots with a zeal for WWII history, so you’ll both learn a lot. While you’re there, check out the Amelia Earhart photo exhibition. pacificaviationmuseum.org.
 

Dance With Me

Taking a dance lesson together is a date that will only enhance all of your future date nights. Learn how to step, cross and turn together on the dance floor with George Garcia’s Argentine Tango classes for beginners—a dance that exudes romance. Pretty soon, you’ll be passing long stem red roses back and forth between your lips. Tango for Absolute Beginners (series classes), Wednesdays, 7:30 to 8:30 PM at The Honolulu Club, 932 Ward Avenue, islatango.com. Watch a video from our editors.