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Some people vacation alone or move to Hawaii by themselves. Avoid the loneliness of doing things alone in a tropical paradise. Your heart is pounding and your legs are growing weaker. Sweat pours from your forehead like a facet; your face is scarlet red, your vision is blurry. You pound your chest in victory. Just then a burly, sweaty man in an Aloha shirt wearing a fanny pack swallows you up in a bear hug; another petite woman jumps up and down shouting in what sounds like Japanese.
An elderly woman with coke-bottle glasses plants a juicy wet kiss on your lips. She gives you a wink. Being a member of a Meetup group means sharing memorable adventures and making meaningful and occasionally meaningless memories with total strangers. A little strange you say? Well, it sure as hell beats getting blasted all by yourself o n Mai Tais at the hotel bar or sitting in your tomb-like apartment, alone, staring at the TV. You came to Hawaii without knowing a soul; but now you get to know different people every week. Most offer free or low cost memberships, with events ranging from trivia nights to hikes to film screenings to potlucks.
So, go watch the fireworks at Waikiki on a Friday night with a group of total strangers or share your deeply personal memoir or screenplay with a writing group in Milani. Wonder why? This can be confusing for the other members. For any of these infractions, you might be placed in the Meetup doghouse and be labeled a weirdo. Many members belong to several groups and they will share disturbing stories about you. If this happens, you might as well pack up and move back to the mainland. Well, not exactly. But you can be an extra for a day, or two, or three. Extra work is great for newcomers to Oahu who have flexible schedules.
Hawaii Five O has a public casting call early in the summer and the show will shoot weekly from August through May A few things that you need to know about being an extra; this is knowledge that will keep you from getting get kicked off the set, your promising acting career immediately incinerated.
Thinking about taking selfies with the actors and getting an autograph, oh hell no! If you try that, you will be escorted from the set by a livid crew member and banned from future extra work. As they used to say in Hollywood — you will be through in this town and never work again!
If you get screen time, expect it to range from two-seconds to a millisecond. You will probably be in a crowd scene or running down a street during a gunfight, over and over again. You may not get a speaking part, but what you do get is lots of down time to meet and trade life stories with people in between takes — and eat lots of snacks.
Oh, and did I mention you get paid too? Paid to have fun. What a concept! Finally, if you have a personality disorder or are generally unlikeable, you get to pretend to be someone else for a day. Acting range is a must, as you may be asked to play a tourist, cop, diner, bus passenger or a dead body. Go Party with the Neighbors If you decided to move here permanently, attending the neighborhood block party is an inexpensive way to socialize and get to know your neighbors.
You can have fun for one day or night and then never speak to these people again for years. There are many bonuses to this, too. You may find out whose dog has been eating your tomatoes and pooping on your lawn. You may get to meet the dude who has been checking out your wife when she waters the lawn. These get-togethers are usually potluck, so no eye-popping restaurant bills to worry about, too. Most people think they only dance the Hula in Hawaii.
Dancing is another fine way to meet people and have fun with total strangers. Belly Dancing is primarily practiced by women, and many feel in the dance community that it can build self-esteem and even decrease the effects of PMS — in women.
So, ladies, time to go belly up. But, please note that men can belly dance too. Ever considered being intimate with total strangers? For men and women, dancing the Salsa allows you to meet and have fun up real close, sharing smooth moves and a special bond with your dance partner. Old or young, gay or straight, bald or hairy, shy or extraverted, Salsa connects strangers on more personal level, forcing them to collaborate through movement. Check out the list of clubs and reviews. You will fit in easily. Clubs on Oahu feature a diverse crowd of dancers — who have different skill levels — at each dance party.
Most venues offer an introductory session to get your motor running, your feet moving and instill some confidence. But, before you get gussied up and start thinking this is a vehicle for a guaranteed sexual encounter, remember this is not hookup central. Show some respect, keep your expectations in check, and leave the birth control at home. Oh and another thing: hygiene is mandatory.
Please use deodorant and brush your teeth. There is nothing more unsettling than dancing up close with someone who reeks of heaven-knows-what and blasts you with dragon breath throughout the night, — you know, the kind of breath that will wilt a Lei, shut down your respiratory system and bring tears to your eyes. Volunteering Some people might associate volunteering with mandatory community service for recently released criminals. But, some folks like to volunteer because they want to. Nonprofits and even local businesses are always looking for volunteers.
You can volunteer for one day or several times a month. There is literally a buffet of causes to support and new people to meet. Go up! Now, you have choices. Get out there!!! Go, dammit!!! Great ideas Kevin! Looking forward to trying a few of these suggestions in my spare time. Thanks for reading Hannah! If you are visiting Hawaii, it just seems like a place where you would naturally like people. But I suppose some people do end up watching TV in their rooms.
But these are really fun suggestions for someone like me who is really shy ….. I like the dancing idea!! Thanks Marilyn! It really does depend on the person but it would be such a waste to be cooped up in your room when in Hawaii! What kinds of contacts can I make from here for that purpose? I would also welcome suggestions for participating in meetups or groups which I could before my trip, so I can meet these wonderful people as soon as I get there!! Is that possible?
Thanks in advance for all the information!! Aloha Katrin! Mahalo for your questions! There are many ways to do meet ups online. I suggest checking out meetup. You can schedule meet ups at hikes and cool restaurants! Hope this helps! But I should muster all my courage to meet strangers on my trip next month. Are people in Oahu usually nice? Wish me luck! I live in Alaska and I have a few more Cancer Treatments to deal with I am ed up for low income housing here but I would love to move to Hawaii one of my fixed income looking for directions if anyone can help I would appreciate it verbally not to go live on the beach off the plane.
Comments Great ideas Kevin! Everyone is family! I am moving to Hawaii in a few months. Nervous scared and anxious.Find friends in hawaii
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