Joshua and Pua Rossi-Fukino. Pono. He says, “I do” every day. Studio, photography by Ralph Nishimoto
Q&A with Pua and Joshua
Puali`ili`imaikalani Rossi-Fukino and Joshua Fukino met in 2001 and married in March 2009. This is their love story, told in Q&A.
For Kaua`i: What attracted you to each other?
PUA: We were both students at KCC. Joshua was volunteering in the weight room. He was very patient, nice and sweet, and both my friend and I agreed he had the best smile on campus. I learned quickly that his goals and values are very similar to mine.
JOSHUA: I found out she danced hula and she was a local girl, Hawaiian, and I just knew she was really beautiful and wanted to get to know her better.
FK: Tell about your first date
PUA: It took awhile. He lived on one side the island and I lived on another. Our first official date happened about two months after we met. First we went to Duke’s, planning to be alone, but it happened that a lot of our friends were there, so I’d say our first official date was on Valentine’s day. I’d never seen a Polihale sunset, so after school, we picked up food at the Pacific Pizza Deli and went out there.
FK: Did you kiss on the first date?
PUA: I made him wait quite some time. He thought he was going to get one early on, but I made him wait,
JOSHUA: I can verify it.
FK: When did you start thinking about marriage?
JOSHUA: Early on. We were both in the Hawaiian Studies Performing Arts Club, and for Christmas, we went to Koke`e to make ornaments ad wreaths. She went out into the woods with slippers on to pick up some maile. She brought it to me, showed me how to make a little lei. I kind of knew — this girl was for me. She was wearing pink slippers on the trail and picking maile.