If you've ever wondered why Thumpers carry so many exotic Hawaiian names, it's because it's my hometown. I was fortunate enough to be born and raised in Kailua (on the island of Oahu). But even though Oahu's my home, it's not my favorite island - my favorite goes to Kauai - otherwise known as "The Garden Island." And thankfully, my mothers side of the family is all on Kauai, and my Grandparents still have an extra bedroom. ;)
When I want to travel, the first place that comes to mind is Kauai. Right after the 4th of July, I drove from San Diego to Los Angeles and boarded the first flight I could to Kauai for 2 days of complete bliss.
Hiking pro tip: if you're near Poipu, drive all the way down past the golf course, the Hyatt, and Shipwrecks beach... you'll find the Māhāʻulepū trail. This goes for 6+ miles on the coast and up the mountain where you won't find a human in site, and get the perfect escape you want. Here's some photos of the hike including some earth-porn below.