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Win a Horseback Ride with Your Sweetheart!

Still haven’t planned a romantic Valentine’s Day date for your and your sweetheart?  Why not enter to win a romantic horseback ride for two at Gunstock Ranch?

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Gunstock Ranch, where you can experience Hawaii as a true paniolo (cowboy), is giving away a Sweetheart Ride for two and a dozen roses to one lucky couple!  There are three different ways you can enter: 1) go to their Facebook page and like the page or leave a comment letting them know who you’d take on your sweetheart ride, 2) follow them on Instagram @gunstockranch, 3) post a photo of you and your love and use the hashtag #gunstocklove.  Each one counts as one entry!  They will post the winner on their Instagram and Facebook pages.

 

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Berry Oahu Wedding

We’ve been gearing up for Valentine’s Day here at Seek Spot and have found ourselves being inspired by the current wedding trend of more saturated tones, like the wedding our friends over at Modern Weddings Hawaii recently featured:

We’re happy to bring you this “berry” beautiful destination wedding held on Oahu. This rich colored wedding originally featured on Style Me Pretty showcases this seasons deeper hued color trends. The Great Romance Photo did a great job capturing the varying berry-inspired colors against the lush scenery of Oahu. What a perfect occasion to inspire your wedding palette!

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“We chose berry tones as our pallet to contrast the natural greenery in Hawaii, and incorporated geodes and crystals into the table decor for a whimsical but elegant look. For the place settings, we hand-died napkins for an ombre/watercolor look (even grandpa helped!), and included a piece of rose quartz — the stone of love — with each place card. We also collected vintage silverware, and goblets that our florist used to create overflowing arrangements for the tables.

Hawaii is a special place for both of us, so including Hawaiian tradition was important. During the ceremony, one of Justin’s cousins led a lei exchange as a reflection of our love and Aloha for each other and our families. During the reception, another family member performed a beautiful Hula dance. We also adopted a Hawaiian saying into our wedding theme, which we included on our invitations and favor bags: No Keia La, No Keia Po, A Mau Loa, which means From this day, From this night, Forevermore.” – The Bride

 

Originally Featured On: Style Me Pretty//Photography: The Great Romance Photo // Videography: Chris Tran Media //Event Planning: A Good Affair Wedding & Event Production // Floral Design: Passion Roots // Wedding Dress: Enzoani // Cake:Diamond Head Grill //Wedding Shoes: Coach //Catering: Camille’s On Wheels // Calligraphy: Ink And Honey //Linens: Luxe Linen // Rentals: Pacific Party Rentals // Shaved Ice: Tat’s Shave Ice // Wedding Venue: Kualoa Ranch

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5 Oahu Events for Valentine’s Day 2015

It’s almost that time of year agin!  You can never go wrong with romantic Valentine’s Day dinner reservations, but we wanted to give you a few non-traditional options to choose from this year.

Boyz II Men 

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Yup, you read that right: Boyz II Men will be live at the Blaisdell this Valentine’s Day!  What better way to spend the night than to have the Boyz serenade your sweetheart with “I’ll Make Love to You”?  Splurge for the VIP package and enjoy dinner for two at Doraku before sitting in the front row for the main attraction.

Go Ruck
Looking for something off the beaten path?  Feeling the need to be a part of a group this Valentine’s Day?  Spend the afternoon focusing on teamwork and communication while partaking in a Go Ruck: Good Livin’ challenge.  The four to five hour, seven to ten mile journey with your “team” of about thirty members is led by a Cadre with Special Operations background.

Waikiki Swim Club Valentine’s Biathalon
Start the day off with 5k run around Ala Moana Beach Park, starting off at Diamond Head, and a 1k swim along the park.  Challenge yourself, get those endorphins pumping, and make room for the Valentine’s Day chocolates!

Wine & Chocolate Pairing at Madre Chocolate
Speaking of chocolate… Reserve your spot at Madre Chocolate Factory’s Valentine’s Day Wine & Chocolate Pairing event.  Learn about what makes wine and chocolate such a great couple and how to make the best pairs.  And, of course, indulge and enjoy!

LUX at The Trump Pink Valentine’s

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Enjoy a live swimsuit fashion show featuring Makena swimwear as you dance the night away.  Let everyone know if your single or taken with your green (single), yellow (single-ish), or red (taken), wristbands.

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TOP RANKED FOR ROMANCE

proposal sweetheart-shady-laneA recent survey by TripAdvisor.com found that 92 percent of its respondents are planning a romantic escape in 2014, up from 78 percent in 2013. Among that group, 17 percent will take a “couples getaway” trip for Valentine’s Day. Of all respondents, 61 percent were planning travel to a beach or ocean destination. Honolulu was listed third on the top ranking destinations for a romantic trip (San Francisco ranked first and Las Vegas second).

If you are one of those couples planning a romantic trip to Oahu, or a resident looking for unique date ideas, Seek Spot made our own “Top Three” for date ideas this Valentine’s Day:

1) Watch a Whale, Ride a Horse

February is the month to whale watch. Romantically enough, when you watch whales, you end up on a boat, which is often the perfect setting for an amorous time. Check out these options to find your ideal whale watching cruise!

Horseback riding is another romantic way to enjoy breathtaking views and do something adventurous with your amour. Gunstock Ranch in Laie is offering 20 percent off of their sweetheart rides special for the month of February. They also have a contest for free rides + flowers on Facebook until Feb 13!

2)   Get a Strike

Food, fun, and friendly competition can actually be quite romantic. Aiea Bowl is known among locals for its delicious food, namely the Tasty Chicken and all of their many desserts. For a fancier twist though, Aiea Bowl’s “Tasty Tuesdays” offer a five-course prix fixe menu. Cosmic bowling with live DJs happens four nights a week — Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays —late-night pupu and drink specials as well.

3)   Get Artsy, Foodie

Honolulu Night Market is happening on February 15 from 6 – 11 pm in Kaka‘ako. Each monthly event has a slew of food trucks, art and retail vendors, and live music. A date with fashion, food and music, how could you go wrong? Make sure to use our South Shore coupons page just in case you need to add a couple more stops to this Honolulu night out.

 

 

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A VIEW FOR A KISS

sunset kissIn honor of Valentine’s Day, Seek Spot has compiled a top five list of romantic spots on Oahu to sit with your love and enjoy a kiss. Some of these locations could even be ideal for a romantic picnic, a glass of wine at sunset, or a couples photo shoot.

1)    Sunset Beach, North Shore – This stretch of sand earned its name quite simply for being the most magnificent spot to enjoy a Sunset. It’s location on the eastern end of the Seven-mile Miracle makes for dependable postcard view of the neon sunsets.

2)    Tantalus – Drive or ride your motorcycle up to the top of this winding road and stop at various lookouts to enjoy the views and steal some kisses.

3)    Diamond Head – Hike up to the top of Diamond Head and enjoy a breathtaking panorama of Honolulu. Don’t forget the camera.

4)    Pu‘u o Mahuka Heiau – Overlooking Waimea Bay, this ‘Hill of Escape’ is the largest on Oahu and a state historic site. Go there not only to revel in the extraordinary view but to also learn how Pele leapt from here to Molokai and what this heiau was used for in ancient times.

5)    Pali lookout – The Nuuanu Pali Lookout, perched over one thousand feet above the coastline and amidst the clouds, offers panoramic views of the sheer Koolau cliffs and Windward side of Oahu. It’s windy here, so while it’s beautiful, it’s more of a snuggle-up-and-have-a-moment spot than a photo opp of the lovebirds.

To find any of these locations, visit our maps page!

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TOP 5 VALENTINE’S DAY DATES: ONLY IN HAWAII

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Celebrating Valentine’s Day in the land of Aloha is the ultimate romantic setting. While flowers, cards, jewelry, and fancy dinners are nice, they are easily done anywhere. Below are some Valentine’s Day dates that span the lot from quirky to dreamy, but are sure to be ones for the scrapbook because you can only experience them here on Oahu. No matter what you plan, make sure to catch Hawaii’s iconic sunset together. That can be the most gorgeous, sentimental and inimitable moment of all!

South Shore Oahu BeachesAHOY AFFECTION

Where else can you take your romance to adventure on an 83-foot galleon called the Treasure Seeker, hosted by pirates? Only in Hawaii — Waikiki to be exact. You will sail past surfers in search of treasure off the shores of Waikiki all the while defending the ship against passing boats with water cannons. At night, 21+ can enjoy an evening under the stars with music, fireworks, and dancing.

Kahuku_FarmsFARM CHARM

For those with keiki in tow or just wanting a day date, Kahuku Farms on the North Shore is a one-of-a-kind experience with fresh, farm-to-table meals and regularly offered tractor rides through the fields. Grass picnic areas and shaded seating are plentiful for lunching. We highly recommend the homemade, seared banana bread with homemade banana or haupia ice cream for dessert! The family-owned farm is just minutes from Turtle Bay and the rest of North Shore’s infamous beaches, so you and your loved one can enjoy the ocean after this special stop.

 

 

 

Tea at 1024TEA FOR TWO

Tea at 1024, voted “Best High Tea” by Honolulu Magazine, 2012 Zagat Rated, & Talk of the Town-excellence in service, is offering pre-packed picnic baskets for a romantic day at the park. The baskets contain assorted tea sandwiches, salad, scones, a fruit platter, mini sweets, tea setup (with vintage teacups, cloth napkins, table cloth and more), and can also include champagne or wine if desired. Since Tea at 1024 is located in the arts district of downtown Honolulu, grab your basket of goodies and pick your romantic picnic spot using our South Shore area guide.

 

watersportsEXPLORE EAST OAHU

The East side of Oahu is a paddler’s paradise with offshore reefs sheltered from big ocean waves, secluded islands to explore, and Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii’s largest natural harbor with the Sunken Island just up the road. Rent kayaks or standup paddleboards to explore together, or get a private guided tour, from Twogood Kayaks, located in beautiful Kailua town. They also supply large foam pads and easy racks in order to strap your rentals to your car so that you and your sweetheart can roam the east side’s many secluded beaches to enjoy alone!

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PAMPER YOUR PASSION

Enjoy being in the most isolated paradise on Earth by pampering your love in an idealic setting. Kapolei’s leading full service salon, Gialuchi Salon and Day Spa is a one stop heaven for relaxation, offering manicures, pedicures, facials, full body waxing and hairstyling, massage, body wraps and scrubs, and more. They feature natural, organic products such as Pureology, Eminence, Aquage, Pure Fiji, and Maile Organics. If enjoying your stay at a vacation rental and not wanting to leave your little slice of heaven, Kaomi Pa Mobile Massage
 will come to you. Kaomi Pa offers Lomi Lomi massage, a traditional native Hawaiian healing art that promotes muscle relaxation, improves circulation and is a non-invasive option for chronic pain.

 

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