Lately, I've been dreaming a lot about travel to Hawaii. I love the laid-back attitude and warm weather of California, but Hawaii just takes those things to an entirely new level. The minute you walk off the plane, you're greeted with the sweet smell of paradise and it's like any stress you're carrying just melts off of you. About 2 years ago, I spent 2 weeks in Hawaii, enjoying time on both the Big Island and the North Shore of Oahu. The Big Island offers so much adventure and fun, but there's nothing that beats the genuine, natural and "non-touristy" vibe of the North Shore. Keep the country country!