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Year 2003 Winner!
Best Places Hawaii, home of The Hawaii State Vacation Planner, proudly announces the winner of their “Love Stories of Hawaii” promotion for 2003. The lucky winner was Brantley Forgy of Killdeer, North Dakota. He dedicated his winning story “Truly Honey” to his true “honey” and wife, Twila. His story shows us the magical powers of the Hawaiian Islands. After 20 years of marriage, a visit to paradise renews the love and passion in their lives.



Truly Honey
Dedicated to My True “Honey” and Wife, Twila
Submitted by Brantly Forgy

Two years ago my wife and I took a trip to Hawaii in an attempt to get our relationship back on track. We drastically needed a new experience for just the two of us, as our jobs and family kept us both very busy–too busy for each other. This trip was just what the doctor prescribed and our memory of this event is grand. I remember that as my wife and I sat in our wicker chairs on a warm sandy beach we could not help but be excited because we were finally living out a dream that we had had for the past 20 years.

We were both young when we married and never spent much time away from our kids alone. Unfortunately, our first honeymoon was not very “honey”! Something was different about this one. As the wind trickled through our hair and the moonlight beamed down on us, a new feeling that we had never experienced came over us. We looked at each other, more in love than ever before. Was it just knowing we were in romantic Hawaii? Or perhaps it was the natural surrounding–the wind, sand, water, and even the moonlight? But, it was much more!!! We were alone with each other in paradise.

My wife surely felt this grand new feeling as she playfully tossed her flowered lei, gently hitting me in the face. She then quickly ran away for me to catch her. We were like two young children as we ran down the moonlit beach into the tingling cool water and back into the fragrant jungle of beautiful flowers and trees. I finally caught her beside a gentle waterfall that whimsically danced down the side of a hill into a beautiful pond. We kissed as the magical mist fell upon us, pleasantly cooling our bodies. The kiss lasted for what seemed like hours. We had never kissed with so much love. This place, like no other, brought out emotions we had never felt before. We had always been in love of course, but now our feelings were unique and intense. This place, Hawaii, truly put the “honey” into our honeymoon and our lives.