The average costs for
a night like this one, at least $200 (considering how much
you dished out for that wine at Palominos). So let’s
get back to reality, shall we. What average college student
can afford such a date? A big fat ZERO comes to mind. Let’s
face it, the struggling, young, full-time school, part-time
work, living-with-about-50-roommates, and eating cereal for
every meal college student just can’t afford it. And
the ladies are actually realistic about this—if the one
you’re dating isn’t, maybe you need to rethink
your current situation. Even though your income or lack of
it may be holding you back, there is no reason why you can’t
give your date a special night without having to dig into next
month’s rent money.
Hawai‘i has much to offer for a romantic evening. Living
on a tropical paradise definitely has its perks, so take full
advantage. Scenery is always free and always beautiful. Start
off the night early by packing a small picnic dinner and watching
the sunset at one of the numerous scenic spots available. Suggestions:
Tantalus, Magic Island.
Or if your date is more of the partying type and enjoys being
in the “college scene” Compadres Restaurant offers
Taco Tuesdays when from 4–7 p.m. all tacos are $1 and margaritas
are only $2. This way you can load up fast on some cheap but
quality food and still enjoy a restaurant atmosphere.
After that you and your date could catch a nice independent
film at Restaurant Row. Or, if high-ticket prices are keeping
down, there is always Sunset on the Beach in Waikiki that is
FREE! FREE! FREE! Just make sure you get there a little early
and reserve a spot. By doing this you and your date can enjoy
an old fashioned drive-in kind of feel with a beach boy twist.
Bottom line, be creative. The best dates are usually the most
unusual ones. Put some thought into your night, if you can’t
put in any money. “The best date I have ever had was when
this guy took me night surfing at Sandy’s, and we made
a fire on the beach when we came in,” said Jade Seibel
a sophomore at Windward Community College. “It was special
because it was unique.”
Picture this: You pick up your date in your average but very
clean car and take her down to Magic Island where you two enjoy
the home-cooked meal you have prepared and watch the sunset.
After that, you both decide to catch the film, an oldie but goodie,
playing at Sunset on the Beach. Once that is over, you take your
date on an evening drive from Waikiki to Waimanalo going around
Hawai‘i Kai. On your way there you stop at the local Jamba
Juice in the Koko Marina to get a nighttime snack, which is much
healthier and cheaper than a nightcap and dessert but still sweet
and tasty. Next you stop at the cliffs adjacent to Haunama Bay
and talk under the moonlight while getting to know each other.
Finally in the twilight hours of the morning, you and your date
make your way down to Waimanalo Beach to watch the sunrise.
Average costs for this date, about $10 for the smoothies.
The realization that you just had the most perfect night
still afford rent, priceless.