wow i completely understand what you've mean about hawaii.
i lived in hawaii for 9 years of my life.. and every time i visit now, i have so much fun. but that's only because i don't reside there anymore.. when i was living there, hanging out on the beach was such a normal thing..
how weird is that though. i lived on the military base in hawaii too.. my dad was in the us army..
nice to meet you koa~