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50 First Hawai‘i Dates

Experts Offer Tips and Tales for Dealing with Togetherness “Life Interrupted: Couples”

The fourth session in our free talk-story webinar grapples with the dynamics of surviving a pandemic as part of a couple, figuring out strategies that help even as our lives keep changing.
2020.06.22 10:04

Date Ideas When You’re Quarantined Separately

Here are some suggestions for creative ways to get to know one another and develop a relationship without ever being in the same room.
2020.05.29 09:14

Plan a Date While You and Your Partner Shelter at Home Together

6 ideas to help you make your live-in lover feel a bit more special.
2020.05.15 06:42

50 First Dates: When Sally Forgot What Harry Looked Like

A wedding coordinator walks into a bar … and forgets whom she’s meeting for Date No. 24.
2020.05.01 12:00

Long Term Relationship to Long Distance Dating—This is Love in the Time of Quarantine

This first date hasn’t technically happened yet, thanks to a malfunctioning air conditioning unit and the coronavirus. Read on to see why we’re rooting for date No. 23.
2020.04.24 02:44

50 First Dates: Third Time’s the Charm

After multiple unsuccessful attempts at asking out our anonymous lady, the guy on date No. 22 finally won her over with the promise of sushi and tales of adventure. But did he deliver?
2020.04.17 08:59

Overheard in Honolulu: A Grandmother and Her Granddaughter Share Dating Stories

We put two people in a room to talk story, then stay out of the way.
2020.04.11 07:00

Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures

Date No. 21 is our first submission about attempting to date during quarantine—something we don’t recommend (seriously. Stay home).
2020.04.03 07:02

50 First Dates: 145 Thoughts We Had While Watching “Love Is Blind” with Netflix Party

What better time to watch strangers get engaged without ever meeting face-to-face than while practicing social distancing ourselves?
2020.03.27 09:00

50 First Dates: Hopping Fences and Falling In Love on the Greatest First Date

Date No. 20 took our former college party gal on a whirlwind date that lasted well past sunrise.
2020.03.20 05:50

Must Love Dogs … And Girls Who Make The First Move

We were really rooting for dater No. 19 and her date with a fellow dog lover. Read on for the continuation of a previous submission—our most cringe-worthy encounter yet.
2020.03.13 09:00

50 First Dates: “He Wrote ‘A Lot’ As One Word”

Date No. 18 featured a sweet fella, but with no chemistry between the pair and a lack of good grammar, their story was shelved.
2020.03.06 10:23

He Came Up Short and Still Had the Nerve to Pinch My Love Handles

Dater No. 17 doesn’t feel bad about her unfair judgment of her Tinder date—he told some tall tales to cover up his obvious short-comings.
2020.02.28 04:15

She Was With Someone Else, Until He Showed Up

Just because the girl was on a date with another guy doesn’t mean Dater No. 16 wasn’t gonna shoot his shot.
2020.02.21 02:45

From a Friendship in Kaka‘ako to a Globe-Trotting Love Affair

Date No. 15 started off slightly scandalous. But with a little patience, a strong bond took this now heartbroken singleton around the world in 730 days.
2020.01.24 10:28

Sharks and Jellyfish and (a Very Intense) Hike, Oh My!

Date No. 14 had quite a few red flags, but this dater was determined to give it a shot for love.
2020.01.17 03:39

Does Standing Someone Up Twice Really Warrant a Stage 5 Clinger?

Dater No. 13 set herself a dating challenge and met her perfect match. But not before matching with a real challenge.
2020.01.10 05:02

50 First Dates: The First 12 That We Blogged About in 2019

We look back at the crazy, funny, awkward and weird submissions sent in by our readers last year. Stay tuned for the next 38!
2020.01.03 04:09

50 First Dates: The Most Boring-Sounding Date Turned Out to Be One of the Best Ever

Date No. 12 goes to show that just because the activities are dull doesn’t mean the person is.
2019.12.20 05:43

He Asked Her Out for Dinner and Then Refused to Order Food

The lesson from Date No. 11? READ. THE. BIO.
2019.12.13 02:00
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Have a story that’s even bigger, badder or just ugly? Or what about the best first date ever? Copy the template below and email your submission to web@honolulumagazine.com with the subject line “50 First Dates.” All fields must be filled out. The HONOLULU Magazine team will choose which stories to run at our discretion. If your story is chosen, we will call you to verify your information. Contact information is required for verification only and will not be published; blog posts will be anonymous.

 

Stories must ...

  1. be true and not slanderous

  2. be about a first date

  3. have taken place in Hawai‘i or involve someone from Hawai‘i

  4. be PG-13

  5. be between 250 and 500 words

 

Story template

  • What I was looking for at the time:

  • How we met:

  • Where we went:

  • The lowdown:

  • How did it end/where are they now?

 

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