Dating life on an island holds the potential to be a unique and an enjoyable experience, according to BYU-Hawaii students. While formulating a creative date may be appreciated, it is not always as necessary as one-on-one time to get to know each other.
Nephi Aros, a freshman from Guam majoring in biology, explained, “Because we are on an island, it’s easy to ask a girl to come out to the beach with you, which doesn’t make for a bad date. You can have loads of fun surfing, swimming, snorkeling, and sitting on the sand and talking, but it can also distract you from getting to know each other better.”
Shae Ruby, a freshman from Colorado majoring in early development special education, said, “Cheap and creative are always the best way to go, do something that will let you get to know one another that you maybe haven't done before. Think outside the box. Don't just pick a movie. It may be cheap and easy, but it's just been overdone.”
Aros was happy to share his creative date ideas. For [a particular] date, I used a bit of my ingenuity to create a personalized scavenger hunt, which would help me get to know this girl a bit better and also have a good laugh with her.
“This idea has been my most creative date idea yet. With this scavenger hunt, I was able to find a new way to get to know her without asking the age old questions such as, ‘Tell me about yourself’ or ‘What are your interests?’ For this idea, I had to think of things she would either find funny or would be a way for me to find out about her as a person.”
Ruby shared a creative date she has always wanted to go on, “I’ve always wanted to have a paint balloon war with someone. It’s like a cross between a paintball fight and a water balloon fight, you get a bunch of cheap water balloons and fill them with washable paint or nontoxic dye. Then you run around throwing your paint-filled balloons at each other. It sounds like a lot of fun to me, and if you wear a white shirt you can keep it as a memory.”
Rachel Bery, a freshman from Malaysia studying graphic design, shared, “For me personally, it depends on the person who is taking me out. Doing the things with your date that he loves builds an awesome bond. Creativity comes in the eyes of the beholder. Just walk and get to know him as a friend. Just ask him to hang out with all the other friends you have and just do a lot of networking.”
Aros offered some advice to single males and females looking for ideas. “You can never go wrong with a date to Angel’s Ice Cream. I have yet to meet someone who doesn’t love ice cream. Ice cream makes everyone happy, and that makes it so much easier to sit and talk to the person you’re on a date with.
“I’m also a big fan of nature. Hawaii offers so many beautiful places to visit, explore, and see. I would love to travel to a different part of the island with a girl I’m interested in and spend the afternoon exploring some mountain range, look for a nice place to sit and eat a picnic as we watch the sunset.”
Bery shared her thoughts on another problem with dating on campus. “Most girls and guys at BYUH can’t find dates because they don’t know how. Some people get into relationships and some are very picky. Some just don’t get asked on any dates. It’s sad. Getting a guy or a girl in Hawaii is easy, if you know the way. Networking helps a lot because the guys know the guys in their hales and the girls know the girls in their hales.”