While she claims it to be “love at first sight,” he took the relationship more cautiously. They dated for a year. He almost lost her toward the end of 1939. While spending Christmas on the Big Island with friends she mulled over a marriage proposal from one of her “dancing pupils” who “was much younger than (him) and very wealthy.”
This young man “begged her to marry him and move to the mainland.” She called her earlier suitor; during the conversation she also told him about the proposal and he simply told her, “Baby, come home.” She did. On August 2, 1940, Duke Paoa Kahanamoku and Nadine Alexander slipped out of Honolulu and were married in Mokuʻaikaua Church in Kailua-Kona.