50 First Dates: The First 12 Hawai‘i Dating Stories 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!


Published:

50 First Dates anonymously chronicles the fun, romantic, wacky, bizarre and downright awful true experiences of dating in Honolulu. Check back weekly for new first-date stories, where to go to woo a boo, tips on where to meet people and more!

 

we are woke

 

Let’s face it: Dating everywhere can be tricky. And for managing editor Katrina Valcourt and digital editorial specialist Katie Kenny here in Hawai‘i, it ain’t no different. After swapping stories in the office and during pau hana sessions with friends who have also spent some time in the Islands being single, it didn’t take long for these two staffers to figure out that they are not alone. From first dates that are sweet, scary and sometimes simply strange, HONOLULU’s newest weekly blog shares your stories of dating here in Hawai‘i. And sometimes the best part of a first date is in what comes next. In 2019 we shared 12 first dates that were submitted by you, our readers, as well as two roundups of short stories about The Terrible Tales of Guys and Girls Who Ghost and The 10 Best and Worst Gifts We’ve Ever Received from Romantic Partners. Stay tuned in 2020 for the next 38 first dates plus a sprinkling of tips, tricks, events and roundups. 

 

1. “He’d Forgotten His Wallet … and Then Started Eating My Fries”

french connection

 

Pro tip: Don’t ask someone out to dinner if you don’t have any money.

Read more

 

2. Sometimes it Takes 4–5 Great Dates to Realize He’s Just Not That Into You

drop dead gorgeous

 

Drop-dead gorgeous inside and out, he was the perfect date but not the perfect mate.

Read more

 

3. “My Ex Showed Up and Drunkenly Crashed my Date”

drunk ex crash

 

Things were going very well until a surprise visitor decided it was time to hug and make amends.

Read more

 

4. “My Jason Momoa-Looking Date Ghosted Me Twice”

jason momoa

 

Ghost me once, shame on you; ghost me twice, shame on me.

Read more

 

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

you're high

 

What happens when he’s 30 minutes late, fidgety with pupils as big as the moon?

Read more

 

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

taco dreaming

 

Conversation? Sparkling. Food? Delish. Ambiance? Romantic. Relationship? No way.

Read more

 

7. Baby Got (a Text) Back

friends

 

This nameless lady on can thank Sir Mix-A-Lot for her new go-to drink order.

Read more

 

8. It Happened Every Night

dating in hawaii

 

This date 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. Did the romance burn hot and quick in a one movie deal? Or is this affair a multiseason series with a happily ever after?

Read more

 

9. He Was Hanging Out Just to Get His Money Back

money back

 

This boy turned up everywhere—until it came time to pick up the check.

Read more

 

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

group dates in hawaii

 

She didn’t know it was a date and showed up thinking it was a casual hangout—which means the squad came, too.

Read more

 

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

no food

 

Met your match on a dating app? READ. THE. BIO.

Read more

 

12. The Most Boring-Sounding Date Turned Out to Be One of the Best Ever

golfing

 

Her potentially crazy co-worker had the most boring date ideas ever but turned out to be the least boring person she’s ever met.

Read more

 

Check out HONOLULU Magazine every Friday to read the newest story on 50 First Dates and then send your sweet/sad/stupid/scary/silly first-date story to web@honolulumagazine.com. It’s anonymous so no excuses!

 

 

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

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?

 

Contact info

  • Full name:

  • Neighborhood:

  • Email address:

  • Phone number:

 

Archives

Edit Module

Subscribe to Honolulu

Honolulu Magazine January 2020
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Trending

 

The French Connection

dating in hawaii

“He’d Forgotten His Wallet … and Then Started Eating My Fries”

 

Before Tinder There Were Bars and Clubs to Meet Up, Drink Up and Hook Up

tinder

Ocean’s. Liquid’s. Shipley’s. If you know, you know. If you don’t, you probably weren’t gettin’ jiggy with it. 

 

He’s Just Not That Into You

dating in hawaii

Sometimes it takes 4–5 great dates to friendzone yourself.