The Cook Islands aren't as difficult to get to as you might imagine. There are flights once a week from LA to New Zealand that lay over in Rarotonga. If you can make it happen, take advantage of this incredible hidden gem.
Not many people visit the cooks because of the lack of major resorts (there is no Hilton, Marriott, Hyatt, etc.). This however, is what makes the Cooks so unique. There is actually a law (still in place) which states that the tallest building cannot exceed the tallest coconut tree.