8 Valentine’s Day Date Ideas for Movie and Theater Lovers in Hawai‘i

Thanks to screenings of the Oscar-nominated shorts, the Honolulu African American Film Festival and an interactive whodunnit mystery theater, couples can easily step up their regular dinner-and-a-show game.


2020 Oscar-Nominated Live Action Short Films 

February 14 | 7:30 p.m.

The Academy Awards have come and gone another year, which means it’s now time for us to catch up on the movies that were nominated (and won). If you’re unsure of your date’s taste in movies then catching back-to-back screenings of the best short films of the year should be the safest bet.

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The Dinner Detective Interactive Murder Mystery Show

February 29 | 6–9 p.m.

The Valentine’s Day show is sold out but there’s still time to book a spot for you and your true crime-loving date for a show at the end of this month. The interactive dinner show is part theater, part comedy and part detective work—all while guests enjoy a three-course meal and drinks.

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Dirty Dancing

February 19 | 7 p.m.

Forgot to plan a Valentine’s date this weekend and all of the restaurants around town are booked? Surprise your date with tickets to the ’80s classic showing for one night only at Consolidated Ward, which will allow you time to book a table at a romantic hot spot. Afterwards, practice the famous lift in front of a couch or many, many pillows. Why? Because who hasn’t thought of trying it?

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Honolulu African American Film Festival

February 15–March 1 | Various times

Any of the films and documentaries being showcased during the ninth installment of the two-week-long festival are worth catching. Get to the Honolulu Museum of Art to check out an exhibit or two before watching one of the 12 critically acclaimed movies part of HAAFF. And if you attend a screening after Feb. 22 then you will be able to explore the incredible 30 Americans exhibit.

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PHOTO: COURTESY OF 2001 – Warner Bros.


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone 

February 15 | 10 a.m.

If your Valentine’s Day plans involve the entire family then revisiting the Harry Potter series on the big screen would be a perfect date with the kiddos. Consolidated Theatres will release every Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts movie each month for two screenings each, starting with a screening of the film that launched the neverending franchise.

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Comedy Showcase at the Dragon Upstairs

February 15 | 7:30 p.m.

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Love & Comedy at O’Toole’s Irish Pub

February 14 | 9:30–11:15 p.m.

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Murder on the Orient Express

February 15 | 3 p.m.

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