It all started when...
We first met when we were tending bar at neighboring restaurants almost 11 years ago. I worked at Cheeseburger in Paradise (CIP) and Daniel worked at Kanpai of Tokyo. Kanpai closed for the night before CIP, so the servers and bartenders would come and get a drink from me after they got off of work. Daniel only did this a couple of times and we said very little to each other. We had our first real conversation years later in 2010. CIP had closed down in 2008 and I was now working for Delta during the week and bartending at the Embassy Suites on the weekend. I had come into Kanpai to have a drink and catch up with old friends and Daniel happened to be working that night. We talked most of the evening through closing and at the end of the night, he walked me to my car. I left that night with a serious crush! A few months later, I invited Daniel out for my 28th birthday, and we have been inseparable ever since!
In June of 2016, we planned a trip to Honolulu, Hawaii and Tokyo, Japan. We were traveling with friends, and on the last day, we decided to drive around the entire island. We stopped along the way to check out local beaches and fruit stands and were trying to make it to the North Shore before sunset. We arrived just as the sun was disappearing behind the horizon. Daniel asked me to come take a picture with him at the shoreline, and gave our friend Evan his GoPro. I smiled at the camera with my arms around the love of my life, and as the sun set, Daniel turned to me, dropped down on one knee, and presented me with a beautiful diamond ring. I don't think we'll ever beat that sunset!