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Secret to love? 5 isle couples share how they make it work

  • RON KOSEN / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER

    Kauai valentines Carlos and Flora Vea, pictured at their home in Puhi, have been married 60 years. Their wedding picture is in the background.

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    We live for the moment because we know it can all be taken away. We smile a lot. We laugh a lot. And we make it work.” Ralph Malani Pictured above with his husband Cliff, left, in Waikiki

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Fitness instructors Marc Zimmermann and Sara Kova run HI Life Athletics. To relieve stress their workouts include AcroYoga, a combination of partner yoga, dance and acrobatics.

  • KRYSTLE MARCELLUS / KMARCELLUS@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Zach and Chela Sheets at Kapiolani Park in Waikiki. “We don’t take ourselves and each other seriously,” Zach said. “We laugh a lot. We try to make things interesting and fun.”

  • KRYSTLE MARCELLUS / KMARCELLUS@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Rory and Kaitlin Wallace at Leahi Beach Park in Diamond Head. “The secret to our love has always been lots of laughs, tight hugs and crazy dance moves,” said Kaitlin.

Every love story is different and yet the same. To celebrate Valentine’s Day, Today section staff writers interviewed five married couples to explore how they make it work. Here are their love stories. Read more

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