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50 First Hawai‘i Dates

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

If You Wanna Be My Lover, You Gotta Date All My Friends

Unlike date No. 9, the gentleman on date No. 10 knows how to pick up the check—even when it’s for more than he bargained for.
2019.12.06 04:38

The 10 Best and Worst Gifts We’ve Ever Received

Happy holidays! Whether you’ve just started dating someone or are in a long-term relationship, there’s a lot of pressure surrounding this time of year and finding the perfect gift. Need inspiration? Here are some of the hits and misses from our anonymous daters.
2019.11.29 05:38

He Was Hanging Out Just to Get His Money Back

The boy from Date No. 9 was everywhere—until it came time to pick up the check.
2019.11.22 03:51

50 First Dates: It Happened Every Night

Date No. 8 has all the makings of a rom-com: mistaken identity, a lonely single gal getting swept up by a handsome charmer and a whirlwind montage of daily dates.
2019.11.15 05:49

50 First Dates: Baby Got (a Text) Back

Our nameless lady on date No. 7 can thank Sir Mix-A-Lot for her new go-to drink order.
2019.11.08 11:39

A Millennial Love Story—Tinder, Tacos and Thank U, Next

Date No. 6 seemed to be with “Mr. Right,” until it turned into “How to lose a guy in five days.”
2019.11.01 03:03

50 First Dates Halloween Special: Ghosting Stories

Dating in Hawai‘i can be a horror show. 5 of our own ghosters and ghostees share their dating disasters.
2019.10.31 08:14

Fearful of Being Catfished She Never Dreamed Her Date Would Show Up High

At a coffee shop for a daytime date.
2019.10.18 03:23
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Send us your first date!

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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  • Neighborhood:

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