The very name Hawaii evokes a sense of romance. The 1,500-mile-long archipelago has been a favorite destination for weddings and honeymoons for decades, and with a shifting terrain of lush tropical rain forests, bubbling volcanoes, exquisite beaches and hidden sea-caves, it is easy to see why. Whether you are going to propose, renew your vows, celebrate an anniversary, or simply because you are an old-fashioned romantic at heart, Hawaii will easily charm both you and your lover.
Check into intimate bed and breakfast accommodation and snuggle up in a hammock hung from the trunks of gently swaying coconut palms. Then watch as the sun sets and the stars twinkle in a sky unobstructed by the neon glare of city lights. Of the many islands that form Hawaii, six make up the backbone of the state's tourism, but it is Molokai that scores highly for seclusion with a wild interior and beaches so far off the tourist trail they can feel almost private.
Take a stroll hand-in-hand around one of Hawaii's many gardens and national parks. The Japanese-themed Liliuokalani Gardens on Hawaii's Big Island is 30 acres of landscaped heaven, full of traditional pagodas, fishponds and rockeries. Or wander through one of the many orchid farms before grabbing some strawberry papayas and pineapple at the Hilo Farmer's Market for a romantic picnic at the hidden Pololu Beach on the Kohala Coast. Then continue your stroll beneath the Rainbow Falls waterfall in Wailuku River State Park.
Take romance to its vertical limits on a helicopter tour from the Big Island or Maui. Sweep over the cinematic landscape of active volcanoes, lava flows, black sand beaches, lush rain forests and dramatic valleys, with spectacular views from first-class seats and theater-style platforms located at the rear of environmentally friendly helicopters.
Indulge in a traditional Hawaiian spa treatment for two at one of the many luxury resorts. Hawaii's Big Island is known as the Healing Island and therapies with romance high on the agenda include an indigenous lomilomi massage for two, using hot river stones and lavender bath soaks with your ku'uipo (sweetheart). Treatments can be arranged in the privacy of your suite and in secluded outdoor garden cabanas, or you can venture deep into the lush tropical forest for an ancient herbal laau lapaau.
Take a cruise into the sunset on an intimate catamaran to spy nature at play. Watch as the moon and the stars of the Southern Cross cast their light on the shimmering ocean and spinner dolphins surround you as they return for their night feed. Listen to tales of Polynesian adventure, and if you're lucky, view a humpback whale, a meteor shower, or a shooting star as it flashes across the sky.