Love is in the Air (and Almost Everywhere) on the Island of Hawaiʻi

And we’ve got 10 suggestions for sublime island-style couple time ready for your next visit.

Love. Exciting and new. Come to the island of Hawaiʻi. We’re expecting you. Whether you’re forever in love, newly in love, or still figuring it all out, Hawaiʻi’s largest island has a heart for romantics as expansive as its 4,028-square-mile acreage. Find your state of amour below and fall for our island, too.


Looking for adventure
If testing your partner’s adventure mettle is one of your personal predictors of an idyllic 
long-term relationship, the island boasts couples’ challenges galore in the great outdoors. Zip line high above forests, valleys and even a waterfall, on the island’s Kohala and North Hilo coasts. Spelunk the confines of Kazumura Cave, the longest and deepest lava tube on Earth or explore a private lava tube from a previous flow as it glistens with gold and yellow microbial mats accenting the cave walls. Take a wave-challenging open-ocean zodiac ride or measure the sea’s azure depths on a scuba tour. Or select from a range of challenging Nā Ala Hele trail and land access system hikes. Game on! 

Road tripping
With seemingly more miles of scenic acreage separating its cities and towns than any of the other Hawaiian Islands, the island of Hawaiʻi is bliss for road-trippers. Explore the lush, rain-kissed Hāmākua Heritage Corridor, from Hilo to the Waipiʻo Valley lookout, on the modern and old Māmalahoa Highways. Head out from the ranching town of Waimea to the relaxed northernmost towns of Hāwī and Kapaʻau on the Kohala Mountain Road then back via scenic, coastline-traversing ʻAkoni Pule Highway. Explore the wildly diverse landscapes of the island’s southern half, from Hilo to Kona, on the Route 11 segment of Māmalahoa Highway. Or set an even number of overnight stays in two contrasting regions and drive the island’s circumference. You’re dating so ample car time together should still be a breeze.

Sunrise and sunset
You can greet the sun’s ocean rising and setting on every island in Hawaiʻi. But you’ll only catch dawn break and dusk fall as you stand on the coastlines of active volcanoes on the island of Hawaiʻi. Pencil in a short trail hike to view the Hōlei Sea Arch on Kīlauea volcano’s Puna coastline in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park and Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park on Maunaloa volcano’s Kona coastline, as your choice sunrise and sunset viewing spots, respectively. Morning and evening walks on the island’s black sand (east side) and white sand (west side) beaches are absolutely divine.

Starry, starry nights
Stargazing. People in love (or in a serious state of like) have likely engaged in the activity since, well, humans first gazed at the heavens. Free of big city light pollution, the island of Hawaiʻi offers folks in love (and like) one of the best spots in the world to stargaze with the naked eye from anywhere on the island. A handful of Kohala Coast resorts even offer stargazing programs. Or simply put the top down on your rental car (you did rent a convertible for this romantic vacation, yes?) and see where the night road takes you.


I do … where?
Picturing your wedding in a verdant tropical botanical garden or, perhaps, oceanside overlooking sweeping coastlines at sunset? The island of Hawaiʻi can fulfill both of these popular outdoor ceremony requests. But, say, you’re dreaming of an upland wedding, on the rolling hills of a working ranch or cool slopes of a coffee farm, both with views of the Pacific. Or maybe a riverside estate with its very own waterfall as backdrop and soundtrack. Your entire wedding party zip lining into the ceremony and reception? The island of Hawaiʻi can make all of these come true.

Bring the family
Whether you and your other half want to adventure with friends and family, or, better yet, send the entire brood off on its own to keep occupied while you relax in quietude before the big day, the island of Hawaiʻi offers myriad group adventures, charter tours and activities to choose from. Oceanfront, championship golf. Snorkeling in Kealakekua Bay. Kayak or Standup Paddle along the Kona, Kohala or Hilo coasts. Guided tours of rainforests, private waterfalls and Hualālai volcano. You’ll run out of friends and family before you run out of ways to entertain them.

Calm before the big day
And how about those stolen moments of solitude and personal Zen before your wedding day? Multiple resorts on the Kohala and Kona Coasts with full-service spas are ready to make sure you and your nearest and dearest relax, rejuvenate and discover the singular bliss of a lomilomi (massage). Schedule a sunrise-to-sunset nature day for the two of you, perhaps with a forest or valley hike, or wandering Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park and other national park sites. Or spend the day on a beach – take your pick, the island has more than even you know you need.  


Going to town
With its abundance of road-tripping adventures, the island of Hawaiʻi is also, no surprise, great for big- and small-town exploring. The island’s biggest city, Hilo, is really just a large small town, ripe for retail, foodie and nature exploring, among other pursuits. With your newfound 
post-wedding spare time, road trip the small towns of the Hāmākua Heritage Corridor, especially main street Honokaʻa on the way to Waipiʻo Valley lookout. And don’t miss coffee towns Hōlualoa, Kealakekua and Captain Cook, east and south side Pāhoa, Volcano Village and Nāʻālehu, and other hamlets.

Just breathe and let it all sink in 
If you haven’t yet experienced the spa day above, now’s a good time. Otherwise, consider a calming, not-too-adventurous activity such as a helicopter tour of Kīlauea volcano and the wondrous valleys and sea cliffs of the northern coastline of the island, or a gentle current-pulled kayak ride on a century-old Kohala mountain flume system.

Sweet and savory touring
Now that you’re done fitting into that wedding dress or tux, you can eat whatever you want! And the island of Hawaiʻi is ready to offer it up to you with an abundance of eateries for all tastes and wallets. A number of island farms providing fresh-picked ingredients to local restaurants also offer tours of their operations – many with opportunities to taste as well as tour. You’ll find tours of farms growing cacao, vanilla, macadamia nuts, honey, coffee, tea and all manner of fruits and vegetables. Bon appetit, romantics!

Lava fields of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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