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    Question Good spot for a first date?

    Since I'm getting closer to adulthood (I'm a 26 yo male) everyday, it's time I got serious about dating. Where does one take a woman on a first date to dinner on Oahu? I don't want a place that's too cocky, cheap, extravagant, or straightforward for a first date. Suggestions?

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    Try Palomino. It's in Harbor Court (66 Queen Street). It can be expensive but they have a reasonable happy hour (half off pupu menu, really good beverages) and they occasionally have specials. The last one I saw was $20 per person for a 3 course meal.

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    How about an extra special late night picnic while watching the submarine races from the Diamond Head lookout?

    Meeeeeeemoooooooories!

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    (I'm a 26 yo male) everyday, it's time I got serious about dating
    I'd say it's about time...

    Go VEGAS! BUFFET's!!! all out... spend the big bucks.... if you get em

    Really impress... if your flying from Kauai... take the extra flight...go vegas...

    Otherwise... Makino Chai!
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    Here are a few suggestions. And before anyones asks....Yes I have been to all these places on first dates

    1) Nick's Fishmarket is a nice romantic restaurant. Maybe kinda expensive though but it is awesome! 2) The Cheesecake Factory is also a great place for a first date. Dinner is really good but you don't necessarily have to have dinner there, you could do drinks and pupus then stroll around Waikiki or the beach. 3) Dave and Buster's is another possibility. Again you could do just drinks and pupus and then challenge each other at some games. That is always fun! Good luck!!!

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    I went to bed thinking about this thread. I still thinking. Hmmmmm...so hard wen one is old. I forget wea I went on First Dates! Been too long. Whatever you do...no take um to Zippy's! And no eat her Steak!!!!

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    Man. It's been ages since I've dated... if I ever dated at all! (My wife had to inform me, after we'd been going out for a while, that those were, in fact, dates.) Back then, it was Ken's House of Pancakes with a group, Restaurant Miwa for just the two of us, and a (likely bad) movie at Waiakea Plaza.

    I'll agree with Shan-n that Nick's Fishmarket is expensive (probably too strong a statement for a first outing)... Cheesecake Factory and Dave & Busters are also good, if you're looking for the disarming cover of crowds and noise. Lord knows it might be a bit early to have a candle-lit corner booth, you know?

    Where are the "cool" places these days? In the "restaurants near other attractions" category? Irifune (classic)? Shokudo (modern)? Is the revamped Hanohano Room all it was promised to be? The O Lounge (okay, no dinner, but pupus and drinks)? Is Indigo hip anymore?

    These days, when we get a "date night," it's almost always Molly's Smokehouse, and sometimes Stuart Anderson's. Though with Kilinahe's birthday coming up... I'm long overdue in introducing her to Sushi Sasabune.

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    Quote Originally Posted by manoasurfer123
    Go VEGAS! BUFFET's!!! all out... spend the big bucks.... if you get em
    Really impress... if your flying from Kauai... take the extra flight...go vegas...
    On a FIRST date?!? Methinks that would be a little overboard, and might send the wrong signals (as in: "look how much I put out for this date, now it's your turn..."), or at the very least, may come across as too serious too soon, which further translates as "desparate."

    If the Palomino's there is comparable to the one in Seattle (yeah, I know, CONUS to Hawai`i comparisons can be odious, but it's a chain, after all), that's a nice idea. A classy restaurant, but not too pretentious - conducive to good conversation, which should be a key part of a first date. I would guess Cheesecake Factory is not as good for that.

    Remember - you owe us now, so you have to report back on where you end up going!

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    do a dinner cruise!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pua'i Mana'o
    do a dinner cruise!
    No way! If the date isn't going well, then you're both stuck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiabla
    No way! If the date isn't going well, then you're both stuck!
    What - no can swim? Unless the cruise is up the Ala Wai...

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    Also, as a practical matter, it really depends on the person you're dating and you as well. Is there anything either of you won't eat? Anything you guys really like? Are you casual people or get all dressed up and party people? Makes a difference to what would be the best place for any date would be

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiabla
    No way! If the date isn't going well, then you're both stuck!
    just throw em ovaboard! No more evidence, no gotta drive em home, perfect!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pua'i Mana'o
    just throw em ovaboard! No more evidence, no gotta drive em home, perfect!
    Hee-hee...I feel sorry for the people who post queries to HT and actually expect only SERIOUS answers!

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    If it's a first date then nothing has been established yet right? You may want to consider a luncheon first before treading into a dinner date which carries a ton of implied baggage, like is this date going to be romantic or is it a nice to meet you kind of primer. What are you going to do after dinner, then after that.

    A lunch is informal and allows for a more casual, open date than a dinner date. In other words your natural self will more apparent and so will her's. Plus if the lunch goes off well, you got the entire day to spend to get to know each other better with less implications. Do the day things together like going to the beach, watching a matinee at the theater, go shopping, drive around the island.

    If it was a first time dinner date, the type of restaurant will denote the demeanor of the night's expectations. As dessert is served and the bill is presented, your date will wonder what will happen next. Movie, clubbing? romantic walk along the beach, submarine races? If she's not into making a strong first appearance then she may back out early after dinner and there goes your chances and your wallet for a very expensive dinner that left you striking out.

    A daylong adventure date will take you around the bases faster with more meaning. If it goes well...then heck go for dinner that night as a cap for the evening. She'll get to know you in more ways than a dinner.

    A dinner date should always be reserved for either the second or third date. Start with lunch at a good place like Sam Choy's then let the day take off from there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by craigwatanabe
    If it's a first date then nothing has been established yet right? You may want to consider a luncheon first [...]
    Just what I was thinking! Or even a seaside, Sunday brunch. Still could do a picnic lunnch at Diamond Head lookout but then you'd *really* have to watch the submarine races!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tutusue
    ...but then you'd *really* have to watch the submarine races!
    You ol' romantic, you!

    Another place that is comfortable for those whose first dates might be fraught with tension is public events - street festivals and the like (but NOT weddings! Wrong signal!) You can find common interests, as well as learn what catches the attention of each other; you can find a spot to sit, talk and watch the crowd (along with an opportunity to make witty comments about strangers); or you can find plenty to distract you from the stresses of "dating."
    Last edited by Leo Lakio; August 2nd, 2006 at 11:05 AM.

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    Take her to the lunch or dinner buffet at the Sheraton Ala Moana Surfrider (Royal Hawaiian if you have more money), and then spend your after meal time telling tourists about the TransPacific Highway (the one with pontoons that stretches 3k miles) and pretending to be descended from Hawaiian aristocrats.

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    Kincaids in WardWarehouse is a nice place and is the sister company of Palomino.

    http://www.kincaids.com/index.php?co...tions=Honolulu

    Both restaurants have similar "First Seating" specials for a 3 course meal for under $20 Check da menus!

    Love Kincaids double cut 20 oz primerib!!

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    I still thinking of a place.heheheh

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    and what is that place yer thinking of, lynn?

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    How about First Friday this Friday in Chinatown?

    beat you too it aunty

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    I not going. I stay SICK. Wap ya Jaw's MANOA!!!!!

    Kimo55, as to your question. I still tinking. I dunno wea da place may be. I'm tinking of a place wea romantic yet easy on da pocket. Someplace wea two people can be themselves yet have the quietness as well as superb food and excellent service.

    My days had the Famous "Black Angus!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by manoasurfer123
    How about First Friday this Friday in Chinatown?
    I've never been to one, but this Friday will be my first, and I can't wait!

    No first date for me, though. However, it will be a fun way to celebrate the big 27th with the girls.
    Tessie, "Nuf Ced" McGreevey shouted
    We're not here to mess around
    Boston, you know we love you madly
    Hear the crowd roar to your sound
    Don't blame us if we ever doubt you
    You know we couldn't live without you
    Tessie, you are the only only only

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lei Liko
    I've never been to one, but this Friday will be my first, and I can't wait!

    No first date for me, though. However, it will be a fun way to celebrate the big 27th with the girls.
    Awwww...Happy Birthday Lei Liko! If I wasn't, I'd would want to be there wishing HB in person. I'm sort of a regular in Chinatown and First Fridays. Alas, doctor's orders prevents me from going.

    I gotta listen foa my own good. They'll be other First Fridays foa me.

    Have FuN!

    Auntie Lynn
    Last edited by 1stwahine; August 2nd, 2006 at 07:04 PM.
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