If you haven't come up with a Valentine's Day plan yet, you're in deep kim chee. But -- there's always a but -- here are a few options so you don't look too inept in the eyes of your beloved. Where you get the flowers and candy is up to you.
Sounds of Seduction
If you really have nothing planned, draw her a bath, toss in some rose petals, light some candles and turn up the music. She'll think all you wanted all along was some private time with her. You could also add any one of the singers below to your evening of love. According to the Harlequin romance report, these are the Top 10 singers who'll set the mood:
Barry White -- Deejays can't get enough of the velvet-voiced crooner who's proved to be our "first, the last, everything." Marvin Gaye -- His brand of "Sexual Healing" is the epitome of soulful allure, enticing everyone to "get it on." Norah Jones -- "Don't Know Why" or how anyone could resist an invitation to "Come Away" with this up-and-comer. Faith Hill -- Her sultry country ballads have listeners agreeing when she sings "Let's Make Love." Madonna -- She's been everywhere in pop music, but "Erotica" secured her a place on the charts. Sade -- This "Smooth Operator" can break the "Sweetest Taboo" any time. Christina Aguilera -- Guys are eager to meet up with a girl who knows exactly "What a Girl Wants." Donna Summer -- "Dim All the Lights" and wait for the romance to begin. Enrique Iglesias -- The son of Latin Lothario Julio Iglesias demonstrates smoldering genetics. Elvis Presley -- Listeners still "Can't Help Falling in Love" with this rock 'n' roll legend who's long gone but not forgotten.
Could you be seduced by someone you aren't attracted to -- if only they used the right means? More than half (52 percent) who responded to a Harlequin romance survey said they could. Men are more likely to say yes than women (56 percent vs. 49 percent). Almost half of married men and women (48 percent) admitted they might be persuaded to stray.
As for those weapons of temptation, 43 percent of men and women say the best is a great sense of humor, whether it be a playful humorous nature or disarming wit. Old-fashioned courting and using one's intellect are good for 10 percent apiece, followed by playing hard to get and employing lots of flattery and compliments, at 9 percent apiece. Least popular are two less attractive alternatives, making the object of one's affection jealous or talking dirty, at 4 percent apiece.
As for who's better at seduction, the answer is women for two out of three respondents (66 percent).
-- From the Harlequin Romance Report, based on interviews of more than 2,000 individuals 18 and older during a phone survey conducted in August 2003
Sweetheart Competition Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park and Krater 96 will host a special day for couples, including an entertaining Sweetheart Competition. Five couples will participate in the "Fear Factor" and "Newlywed Game"-style Sweetheart Competition beginning around noon for the grand prize: a Valentine's Day dinner for two, complete with limousine transportation. To be eligible, guests must enter the park as a Pepsi Heart couple by drawing a heart on any Pepsi product and bringing it to the Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park ticket window tomorrow. These couples will get 50 percent off a general admission with the purchase of a full general admission of $33.99. In addition, the first 50 "Pepsi Heart" couples in the park will receive free flowers and chocolate. The park will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information, call 674-9283 or 368-4360.
Halekulani Enjoy cocktails and Hawaiian music on Waikiki Beach under the century-old kiawe tree beginning at 5 p.m., or music of old Hawaii accompanied with hula dancers at House Without a Key. From 7 p.m. to midnight today and tomorrow, the Lewers Lounge features smooth jazz melodies and piano tunes by David Swanson. Call 923-2311.
Navatek Enjoy a sunset buffet dinner cruise on tomorrow, from 5:15 to 7:15 p.m. Check in at Pier 6 at Aloha Tower Marketplace at 4:45 p.m. A moonlight cruise is also available from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. with a 8 p.m. check-in time. The cost is $48, $32 for ages 2 to 12. A deluxe cruise offers a steak and lobster dinner. Cost is $60, $58 children ages 2 to 12. Each couple receives a free rose. Call 973-1311.
Star of Honolulu Enjoy a seven-course French-style dinner and jazz music while watching the sunset tomorrow. Cost is $84.95 per person. An additional $24.95 per couple provides a bottle of champagne, exclusive window table seating and a souvenir photo. Call 983-7827 for reservations.
'Heart-Filled Jazz' Concert with Keahi Conjugacion and the Honolulu Jazz Quartet, 1 to 2 p.m. tomorrow at Windward Mall Centerstage. Call 235-1143.
Premier Whale Watch Deluxe Cruise All-you can-eat "Taste of Hawaii" lunch buffet and a champagne toast aboard the Star of Honolulu tomorrow. $41.95 adults, $25 children. Call 983-7827 for reservations.
Rose Show Honolulu Rose Society show and sale, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow at Windward Mall. Call 235-1143.
'Sweetheart Sampler' Couples can spend the day splashing around with the sharks and stingrays at Sea Life Park or take a plunge in the reef tank with an underwater camera. Participants may jot down romantic messages on tablets while mingling with the sea creatures. Interactive programs start at $39.96. Kamaaina rates start at $23. Call 259-7933 for reservations.
Submarine tour Snuggle up and gaze at hundreds of fish of different species on Atlantis Submarines. Cost is $64.99 adults, $39.99 children. Kamaaina rates are $20 for adults and $15 for children. Call 973-9811 for reservations.
Pre-Valentine at Phillip Paolo's Dance to music by Conjunto Tropical and DJ Ray Cruz and friends at Restaurant Row, 500 Ala Moana, from 9 p.m. today to 2 a.m. Complimentary appetizers, a "Chocolate Fountain" and roses for wahine. Cover is $10; must be 21. Call 285-0072 or 585-8142.