Take a farm-to-bottle tour
The small-batch distillery responsible for Kō Hana rum, Manulele Distillers, uses heirloom sugarcane and hand presses and distills the cane to make their sweet, sweet agricole rum. Upgrade your happy hour plans with a tour of the distillery to taste its fresh cane juice and sample the selection of white and aged rums.
Go on a train ride with a view
Venture to the Oahu's west side and hop aboard the only working train on the island at the Hawaiian Railway Society. The 90-minute, round-trip route is narrated to teach you about the historic railway. Cars are open-air and breezy as they choo choo along the oceanfront into Ko‘olina, where you can stop for a scoop of ice cream before journeying back. Sure, the train is likely to be filled with kids, but if neither of you minds a little chaos, it makes for a lovely ride.
Spend a night at the museum
After a holiday hiatus, ARTafterDark is back on the last Friday of each month. The Honolulu Museum of Art kicks of the year with Kiss Kiss Bang Bhangra, a Bollywood-themed exhibit with henna tattooing, mini massages, and DJ Mr. Nick spinning Bollywood classics. Exhibits inside the museum are also open for viewing. Admission is $25, but you could also fill out the paperwork to join as a member and go to the remaining ARTafterDARK events for free for the rest of the year.
Make your own chocolate bar
Hawaii is the only state in the United States to grow cacao and maybe the best place to learn about the bean-to-bar process. At both Madre Chocolate locations, you can craft your own chocolate bar made from local chocolate, Hawaiian sea salt, toasted coconut, or a selection of fruits and nuts.
Spend sunset at the beach
If all else fails, taking a long walk along the beach couldn’t hurt. Sure, it may be a little cheesy, but with Oahu’s breezy evenings and picturesque beaches, watching the sun sink into the horizon and seeing the sky explode with color could make the most aromantic partner give beach walking at sunset a begrudging pass.