Shangri La Museum
Last time we wrote about the hike up to Diamond Head’s summit rim. Want to accentuate a romantic outing to this defining Oahu landmark with a bit of edifying history and culture? In that case, you can’t beat Shangri La, once the sumptuous Oahu retreat of heiress Doris Duke and now a museum displaying Duke’s spectacular collection of Islamic artwork. With a breathtaking design inspired by Iranian, Indian, Moroccan, and other Islamic architecture, Shangri La—set along the flanks of Le’ahi—is an absolute feast for the eyes just from a structural standpoint. Throw in some 2,500 artifacts of exquisite beauty, and you’ve got a truly one-of-a-kind Oahu destination.
You can visit the Shangri La Center for Islamic Arts and Cultures from Wednesday through Saturday via tours commenced at the Honolulu Museum of Art. It’s an extraordinary glimpse into farflung cultures, a beautiful expression of Hawaii’s cross-cultural spirit, and a fascinating glimpse into the life of a curious, globetrotting, philanthropic, Hawaii-loving socialite.
Tantalus-Round Top Drive
The views from this, Oahu’s only National Historic Drive, compare well with those from Diamond Head—and, speaking of, you’ll get some good vantages of that iconic volcanic highland on this route. It’s an eight-mile drive, switchbacking up a commanding ridge, home of the Round Top Forest Reserve, from the lowlands of Honolulu. And the sunset available from the overlook atop this height—well, it’s a world-class one.
Kahala Private Dining
Of course, you don’t have to leave the grounds of the Kahala Hotel & Resort to find downright stunning romantic settings. After all, our resort has nabbed quite a lot of honors in that department: Frommer’s has labeled us among the “10 Best Honeymoon Spots” in all of Hawaii, Oyster.com calls us Oahu’s “Most Romantic Hotel,” and Bride.com included us on the list of “Hawaii’s Hottest Hotels for Honeymooners.”
Why not indulge in one of our Kahala “Romantic Dinners” for two out on our oceanfront lawn, with stars and surf as straight-out-of-a-dream accompaniment? We offer a trio of über-romantic packages: the three-course “Sunset Passion” menu, the three-course “Evening of Love” with a bottle of champagne, and the four-course, champagne-enhanced “Night of Romance.”
Composing a romantic itinerary in Oahu isn’t difficult: Gorgeous landscapes abound, with views sweeping from misty green highlands out to sun-speckled Pacific swells. And the Kahala Hotel & Resort is the perfect place to ensconce yourself: within easy reach of spectacular scenes like Manoa Falls, Diamond Head, and the Round Top Road, and also offering the heaven-on-Earth spread that is our own grounds, not least private beachfront dining.
So what are you waiting for? Embrace the spirit of romance and book yourself a stay here at the Kahala—there are lifelong memories waiting to be forged!
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