Your Guide to the Perfect Valentine’s Weekend in Honolulu: February 12–18, 2020
Valentine’s Day weekend isn’t just for couples! Sign up for a race, sing along to ’90s hits, enjoy live music and more.
Photo: courtesy of Great Aloha Run
Great Aloha Run
Monday, February 17, 7 a.m.
If you’re not a runner, that’s OK. There are a lot of people who walk the Great Aloha Run and finish in one piece. This 8.15-mile race is relatively flat and runs from Aloha Tower to Aloha Stadium. With divisions for elite runners, different ages and those who use wheelchairs or handcycles, there’s a place for everyone. Visit the Great Aloha Run’s website for road closures, route and parking details.
$25–$60 (free to watch), Aloha Tower to Aloha Stadium. For more information, go here.
Hawai‘i Opera Theatre: The Marriage of Figaro
Friday, February 14, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, February 16, 4 p.m.; Tuesday, February 18, 7:30 p.m.
You’ve probably heard the Marriage of Figaro overture, composed by Mozart (listen here). But watch the whole drama play out as lovers Figaro and Susanna conspire to bring down a count, who is also lusting after Susanna, with three performances by the Hawai‘i Opera Theatre. Each show is about three hours with two intermissions. Songs are sung in Italian with English translations projected above the stage. If you’d like to read an in-depth synopsis, click here.
$34–$135, Blaisdell Concert Hall, 777 Ward Ave. Go here for more information.
PHOTO: COURTESY OF ‘Ukulele Picnic
Sunday, February 16, 9 a.m.
The 12th annual event will host local and international ‘ukulele players, along with live entertainment by Mark Yamanaka, Ku‘uipo Kumukahi and more. The free festival, which ends at sunset, also features more than 30 vendors selling Hawaiian crafts, food and drinks, as well as keiki activities. If you’re up for a full weekend of live music, head to the International ‘Ukulele Contest and Hula Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 15, International Market Place.
Free to watch, Victoria Ward Park, 980 Auahi St. For more info, click here.
Valentine’s Day Specials
Looking for the perfect way to celebrate with your other half? We've curated a list of all things Valentine's Day in Honolulu and put together a list of the best restaurants in Hawai‘i for special occasion dining.
SEE ALSO: Spend Valentine’s Night at the Hawai‘i State Art Museum: Connecting Hearts with Art
PHOTO: COURTESY OF TMR Events
Friday, February 14, 8 p.m.
First Hanson, then the Backstreet Boys, now 98 Degrees. We have come full circle on the boy-band circuit. Nick, Drew, Jeff and Justin will grace the stage at the Blaisdell to perform some of their ’90s hits and more (we hope that includes “I Do,” “Because of You” and “My Everything”). And while their concert is dubbed “Hawai‘i’s Official Valentines Engagement,” it’s not limited to couples (you know you’d have a blast fangirling with your best gal pals).
$69–$249, Blaisdell Arena, 777 Ward Ave. Click here for more information.
Valentine’s Day Weekend with Anuhea
Thursday, February 13–Saturday, February 15 | 6:30 & 9 p.m. shows
New Valentine’s Day Dinner Cruise Launch
Friday, Saturday 14 | 6–8:30 p.m.
You Are Loved: Kailua Night Market
Saturday, February 15 | 5–9 p.m.
Valentine’s Brunch: Top Shelf’s Jazz, Soul and Motown
Sunday, February 16 | 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Josh Tatofi’s 3rd Annual The Valentine’s Day Date
Sunday, February 16 | 6:30 p.m.
READ MORE ON FROLIC: Diner-style to luxe: Where to book Valentine's Day dinner
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BrunchFest Presented by American Savings Bank
Sunday, March 8, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
HONOLULU Magazine is gathering the top breakfast and brunch restaurants for BrunchFest presented by American Savings Bank. It will be a morning of delicious sweet and savory bites, drinks, lawn games and entertainment. Get your tickets now to enjoy dishes from Over Easy, Smith and Kings, Café Kaila, Dean & DeLuca and more. Don’t wait too long though—VIP tickets are already sold out. Arrange a ride so you can enjoy bloody marys and mimosas (valet parking will also be available). Join us for a relaxed Sunday Funday vibe on March 8 at the new waterfront Ho‘okupu Center at Kewalo Basin.
$55, 21 and older, Ho‘okupu Center, 1125 Ala Moana Blvd., hnltix.com
Pow! Wow! Hawai‘i 2020
Until Sunday, February 16
After Parkland Documentary Screening
Wednesday, February 12 | 6:30–8:30 p.m.
CHANGE Events: Community & Economy
Thursday, February 13 | 4:30–6:30 p.m.
Bubbles are a Girl’s Best Friend Painting Class
Thursday, February 13 | 6:30 p.m.
SEE ALSO: 10 Ways to Celebrate Galentine’s Day With Your Gal Pals in Honolulu
2020 Oscar-Nominated Short Films
Various dates and times
Read more about the animated nominees & here for the live action nominees
Honolulu African American Film Festival 2020
Saturday, February 15–Sunday, March 1
Opening night tribute to Toni Morrison & more events
Honolulu Night Market X Pow! Wow! Hawai‘i
Saturday, February 15 | 6–10 p.m.
Saturday, February 15 | 9–11:45 p.m.
SEE ALSO: A Special Valentine’s Day Taste Test: We Tried 8 Sugarfina Cocktail Gummies
Looking for more things to do? Check out our events calendar.
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