The looming aisles of Valentine’s Day cards tower on either side of the empty shopping cart, cutting deep shadows in the fluorescent atmosphere, and the infinite choices grow more threatening with each step. Valentine’s Day is like the high school prom—escape it free from pig’s blood, 10,000-calorie binges and with your relationship intact, and I will personally send you a “Congratulations!” card. Alright, enough pessimism for one holiday (just hope you don’t run into me on Christmas). Before the lights dim, read Da Kine Calendar and make reservations at one of the romantic restaurants offering special Valentine’s Day menus, music, drinks and dancing. At the MACC, Keali‘i Rachel will perform in the Castle Theater at 7:30pm, while at 6pm in the McCoy Theater, Smooth Jazz Nights XII will feature Peter White, Micheal Paulo, and Brian Simpson (242-SHOW or www.mauiarts.org ). Another interesting idea is to play tourist for the evening, and sign up for a dinner cruise. The Pacific Whale Foundation (249-8811 or www.pacificwhale.org ) has reasonably-priced offers, and the proceeds go to a good cause. As a final note, just remember to put aside all the red paper hearts, confetti, and creepily human-sized Teddy bears, and focus not on what you do for Valentine’s Day, but rather on who you do it with.