Do Aphrodisiac Foods Really Spark the Magic of Love?

Science just might be on your side with this Cupid-inspired multi-course meal of sensuality from Mahina & Sun’s. Plus, enter to win a Valentine’s dinner for two!




On Valentine’s Day, Mahina & Sun’s will be serving a feisty 5-course feast of amorous delights inspired by Cupid. Start with the evening’s specialty love potion: a vodka-based, champagne-topped decadent cocktail we call the Lolita. Get your naughty on with the first three courses of locally-sourced Kualoa Oysters, Kaua‘i Shrimp and Gazpacho. Follow up with your choice of either Cognac-laced Duck Breast or Chili-rubbed Tenderloin. Top the night off with a sweet and sensual treat of vanilla bean panna cotta with strawberries, fresh liliko‘i and local honey. While you’re dining with your main squeeze, you’ll enjoy listening to the sultry sounds of Sandy Tsukiyama performing Bossa Nova After Dark on the Mahina lanai.


Enter to win a Valentine’s dinner for two at Mahina & Sun’s. Contest ends on February 12, 2017 at midnight.



A 5-course Dinner of Aphrodisiac Delights - $95 per Guest, Vegetarian $75

Do aphrodisiac foods really spark the magic of love?  Science just might be on your side with this Cupid-inspired multi-course meal of sensuality.


Course 1-2-3

Kualoa Ranch Oyster, Chile Pepper Water Gelee, Calamansi

Oysters are high in zinc and have a reputation for being great for love and fertility. Casanova agrees.


Kaua‘i Shrimp, Mint, Basil, Arugula, Feta

While legend has it that women used to use Basil as body powder for its sensual aroma, Arugula, a peppery plant, has been documented as an aphrodisiac since the first century A.D.


Chile Watermelon Granita- Gazpacho

Chili has an exotic reputation and a bright red color, which is why it's considered a symbol of love and Watermelon is a 'lycopene king' that may have a Viagra-like effect on the body, as it relaxes blood vessels and improves circulation.


Entrée – choice of:

Duck Breast with Local Orange-Cognac Demi-Glace, Roasted New and Sweet Potato, Asparagus

A lesser-known aphrodisiac, Duck Breast is sure to seduce your taste buds, if not your senses.


Local Cocoa-Coffee-Chile Rubbed Tenderloin, Roasted Potato, Asparagus

Who doesn’t like a rub on their tenderloin? While the caffeine in coffee is a stimulant that ups the heart rate and makes the blood flow, cocoa is sensual, from its taste to its aroma, and causes a spike in dopamine, which induces feelings of pleasure.


Local Asparagus, Potato, Zucchini, Roasted Carrots, Cauliflower Puree

Asparagus is often considered to be an aphrodisiac because of its suggestive shape. It’s also a great source of Vitamin E, which is involved in stimulating the production of sex hormones in both men and women, therefore increasing the sex drive.



Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta, Compressed Strawberries, Fresh Liliko‘i, Local Honey

Strawberries make this a vitamin C-packed dessert that helps keep blood flowing to all regions of the body, and honey is made through pollination and is a symbol of procreation. Plus, passionfruit. Birds and bees ring a bell?


Reservations are highly recommended and can be made through $95 per guest. Vegetarian menu available for $75 per guest.


Want to make the Surfjack your love shack? Then book in for the night – you might even consider the penthouse suite. For room rate information, call (808) 923-8882.




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