How I Proposed Marriage in Hawaii

Hawaii is a great place to propose marriage. It has all of the things you need for a romantic setting which can create a memory you can hang onto for a lifetime. Because of Hawaii’s natural beauty, just about any location you pick here can be turned into a perfect moment. Sunrise and sunset here are as special as you could imagine, but in the end, it’s what you do with the backdrop that will matter the most.

Now here’s my story. I’ve shared what you’re about to read with many friends over the years but never on this blog. Hopefully it will spark some ideas if you’re planning to pop the question while you’re in Hawaii.

My wife and I had been having a long-distance relationship for only a few months before I proposed. She lived in California and we were taking periodic trips between Hawaii and San Jose. I was in love with her and anxious to take the relationship to the next level. I was hopeful that with the proposal, she would see my level of commitment in spite of our short courtship.

The big event happened on a day that I planned for us to go to the beach. Yaling my wife, was still learning about the beauty of Hawaii and we were doing a lot of sightseeing. The days plan didn’t seem anything out of the ordinary. My plan was to do it at Eternity Beach on the southeast side of Oahu, which has appeared in many movies including of “From Here to Eternity” and “50 First Dates.”

I escorted her down the cliffs to the beach and laid down a large beach towel. Using “sleight of hand” (from a magic trick my Dad tought me as a child), I buried the engagement ring in the sand which I was concealing in my pocket without her seeing it. After a few minutes on the beach I asked her to see what was in the sand as it looked unusual. She began to dig only to discover it was a box with th engagement ring inside. I looked at her and asked her to walk with me to the Cliffside. She sat down on a rock and I proceeded to ask her to marry me. It was an awkward but very sweet moment and she was completely shocked. She paused for a few moments looked at me, and says “I’m going to have to think about it.” While It wasn’t the answer I wanted to hear, I totally understood, it felt right anyway. While my ego took a little blow, I had no regrets about what had happened.

The rest is history, it all eventually worked out and I am very happy to say that we been married for 10 years and it’s been the best 10 years of my life.

Since 2006 Bruce Fisher has been publishing the Hawaii Vacation Blog and the Hawaii Vacation Connection Podcast which, create daily content about Hawaii Travel and Tourism. This Blog is the only online resource providing Hawaii-based information aimed at travelers seven days per week. Postings reflect the Hawaiian Islands, their culture and their lifestyle as accurately and thoroughly as possible.

8 COMMENTS

  1. how romantic. i think  i would have married you. one question: did Yaling know you planted the ring or did she think she had dug up one lost by someone else? no, she's smarter than that. anyway, it's a great love story on a great love story beach. i think i'll cue up Frank on the pod, singing 'From Here To Eternity'

    • She realized I put it there once the box was opened, but at first she didn’t really know what to think, the whole thing freaked her out a little.

  2. …I am always fascinated how out of 7,000,000 people on the planet, 2 people can connect. It’s so special and makes life sooooo much better. And in Hawaii too, wow. Congrats; great share – mahalo! :D

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