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Question #92903 posted on 02/04/2020 9 p.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

For Valentine's Day I want to do a "Hawaiian Vacation" for my girlfriend. I'm planning on making Hawaiian food, but I'm not sure what else I can do. Provo Beach Resort? Tiki torch decorations? What Hawaiian themed things can I do?

-Pining Pineapple


Dear Passion Fruit,

I would suggest eating musubi (you may already be planning this). You can buy it at the Asian Market on center street in the morning if you don't want to make it, or just anytime you want musubi. That, and you can buy/make shaved ice (or just buy flavored syrup and add it to snow, if there is any new snow around or in your freezer). I know that the others will have more to contribute, these are just my initial thoughts.

I can't believe I forgot about Israel Kamakawiwoʻole! Listen to some of his songs and for sure watch Disney's "Lava" short.


P.S. I just learned that Iz sang a rendition of "Take Me Home Country Road"! That's classic entertainment.


Dear Pineapples,

Honestly, all I care about is y'all listening to Escape by Rupert Holmes while drinking a fruity drink with an umbrella in it.

♪♬...Yes, I like Pina Coladas, and getting caught in the rain...♬♪

-Goldie Rose


Dear PP,

I think the most Hawaiian themed thing you can do is take her to Hawaii.

-Sunday Night Banter


Dear pining for the apple of your eye,

  • Greet her with a lei when she first walks in the door (you could probably homemake a paper one)
  • Get her some chocolate covered macadamia nuts (sold at BYU Bookstore, surprisingly!)
  • Hook up your TV to your computer and have a video going of a beach, completely with wave sounds and Hawaiian music (like this)
  • After dinner watch some fire dancers together 
  • Learn the hula together (while technically guys do another dance I'm sure your girlfriend would be highly entertained if you attempted to perform a hula dance for her)
  • If you have money and time, buy an ukulele, learn to play a song or two, and serenade your girlfriend
  • Get some authentic Hawaiian food and candies like musabis, li hing mui candies, and Enjoy snacks, all hopefully available at your nearby Asian Market
  • If you're really invested buy some scented Hawaiian candles/air fresheners to stick around the house
  • Watch a Hawaii movie (like Lilo and Stitch) while cuddled up under beach towels (...too far?)
  • Make her a tropical mocktail with a garnish and an umbrella
  • Get her a small pineapple necklace or earrings. That way, whenever she wears it she'll think of your romantic Hawaiian dinner together and how amazing you are
  • If you do get married, you better have that honeymoon in Hawaii
  • Convince your eldest child to go to BYUH simply so you and your wife have an excuse to visit Hawaii and relive memories of your romantic Hawaiian Valentine's Day those many years ago
  • Retire to Hawaii

-guppy of doom


Dear Pen pineapple apple pen, 

You should both spend your date time learning about and discussing the history of American imperialism in Hawaii and how we disrespected their government and culture and annexed them in a pretty disgraceful way. It's a really good opportunity to set the mood so she knows you care about being sensitive to the concerns of others. 

.... Just kidding? I mean, definitely learn about it because it's important. And make sure you do your date in a respectful way especially. Beyond that:

- Make some chocolate haupia pie 
- Find a way to set up a hammock. Have a fan blowing on you to simulate the nice ocean breeze. That was the best part of being in Hawaii.
- Make Lilikoi sorbet (and then bring me some too because that stuff is amazing) 
- Go to the Asian Market in Orem and get as many Hawaiian Sun drinks as you can carry because they are delicious. And also, bring me some.