Fun things to do alone in Hawaii
If you’re spending this Valentine’s Day alone, savor the moment. There are plenty of fun things to do as solo missions.
GO SHOPPING AT A FARMERS’ MARKET
Every Saturday, the Kapiolani Community College farmers’ market is bustling with locals and tourists. Wake up early and beat the crowds for parking. Expect long lines for fried green tomatoes, barbecue abalone, fresh baked scones and homemade teas. Everything is grown and made locally, so you can ask local farmers for tips on preparing your food. Stock your kitchen with heirloom tomatoes, handmade mozzarella and fresh eggs.
Kapiolani Community College parking lot C, 4303 Diamond Head Rd., 848-2074,
INDULGE IN A CHOCOLATE TOUR
Had a bad day? Chocolate makes everything better. Escape to Kailua for a chocolate factory and cacao farm tour. You’ll feel like the kid in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory—all your troubles will melt away once you taste Madre Chocolate’s chocolate bars. Every last Friday of the month, you can try free samples of limited edition chocolates concocted by the shop’s “mad scientists.” If you want to learn how to make these sweet confections, sign up for a bean-to-bar chocolate-making class. On Valentine’s Day, the shop will be offering a tour of chocolates from around the world. Madre Chocolate, 20A Kainehe St., Kailua, 377-6440, http://madrechocolate.com
TRY STAND-UP PADDLE BOARDING
Break your old gym routine and hit the beach. For an intense upper body workout and meditative experience, take stand-up paddle boarding lessons from the beach boys. You’ll learn the art of balance as you stand on a surfboard and paddle over the Pacific Ocean. Waikiki Beach Services, 388-1510, http://www.waikikibeachservices.com/
UNWIND AT A SPA
We all need some R&R to recharge our batteries. Make your way to Hoala Salon and Spa on the third floor of Ala Moana Center, where you can pamper yourself with a new haircut, facial, manicure and pedicure. This salon only uses Aveda products, and even serves Aveda Comforting Tea (both caffeine- and sugar-free). Loosen those tense muscles over a massage or relax to the spa’s signature “Himalayan Rejuvenation Treatment” (a 120-minute spa body treatment that includes natural oils dripping onto the forehead). Once you’re finished, enjoy a gourmet lunch from Neiman Marcus nearby. Hoala Salon and Spa, 1450 Ala Moana Blvd., Third Floor, 947-6141, http://hoalasalonspa.com/
JOIN A SINGLES GROUP
No date? You’re in luck. Join other singles (parents, professionals, seniors, etc.) for dinner, movies, game night and other fun, group-oriented activities. Celebrate the solo life with Single Parents Social Club, Windward Oahu Singles 50+ and Hawaii Singles Adventures over networking events, potluck gatherings and coffee dates. Maybe you’ll make new friends or meet someone special and leave the single life behind. Meetup, http://www.meetup.com/
If spending time with yourself isn’t what you hoped it would be, check out our guide for places to go to meet other singles.