Photos: The heart of Hawaii

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  1. Honolulu daze

    The sun sets on Honolulu, Hawaii's largest city. (Robert Y. Ono / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Lei a Mai Tai on me

    Colorful umbrellas block out the sun for visitors to the beachside Mai Tai Bar at the popular Royal Hawaiian Hotel on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu. (Lucy Pemoni / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Aerobic fun & sun

    Seniors exercise in the waters of Waikiki Beach in Honolulu. (Lucy Pemoni / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. National treasure

    The Ionlani Palace stands among banyan and palm tress behind guilded gates decorated with a royal seal in Honolulu. The Iolani palace is America's only official royal residence. (Lucy Pemoni / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Bathing beauties

    Sunbathers on the beach. (Craig Aurness / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. To honor thy wife

    Waterfalls flow in the gardens of the Bishop Museum in Honolulu. The museum was founded in 1889 by Charles Reed Bishop in honor of his late wife Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the last descendant of the royal Kamehameha family. (Lucy Pemoni / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Undersea awe

    Elani Mousos, 4, of Calgary, Canada, looks at the "Hunters of the Reef" at the Waikiki Aquarium in Honolulu. The Aquarium is built along side the shoreline next to a living reef. (Lucy Pemoni / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Remember Arizona

    A U.S. flag flies at half mast aboard the USS Arizona Memorial during the ceremony honoring the 64th anniversary of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 2005 at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. (Marco Garcia / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Manic manini

    A school of manini fish swim over the coral reef at Hanauma Bay, near Honolulu. (Donald Miralle / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Paradise found

    The sun sets on Waikiki. (Lucy Pemoni / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
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updated 2/12/2008 11:56:32 AM ET 2008-02-12T16:56:32

The Real Deal: Round-trip airfare and four nights' accommodations, from $363 per person—plus taxes of $35.

When: Through June 5, 2008.

Gateways: L.A., San Francisco; add $139 for Portland, Ore.; $164 for Phoenix; $240 for Spokane; $493 for Boston, New York City; $573 for Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Orlando; additional cities available.

The fine print: Hotel taxes and Hawaii ticket tax are included. Airport taxes and fees are an additional $35 per person. Airfare must be paid in full at time of booking. The starting rate of $363 per person divides the cost of a single round-trip fare between two people. Based on double occupancy only. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book by: Feb. 29, 2008.

Contact: Pleasant Holidays, 800/742-9244, pleasantholidays.com.

Why it's a deal: The two-for-one pricing can't be beat. According to a recent Kayak search, round-trip airfare for two between L.A. and Honolulu in mid-March starts at about $600 (ATA), including estimated airport taxes and fees. For around $200 more per couple, Pleasant Holidays includes airfare, plus four nights' accommodations and hotel taxes.

Trip details: The Pleasant Holidays special includes round-trip airfare and four nights in Honolulu. If you're departing from L.A. or San Francisco, you'll fly United Airlines; airlines vary for other departure cities.

Once you land, head straight to the Castle Maile Sky Court, a 596-room high-rise hotel located a short walk from Waikiki Beach. You can relax with a dip in the whirlpool spa or swimming pool, chow down at Vit's Steak and Seafood Restaurant, or head to the activities desk for adventures outside the hotel.

The starting package price is based on staying in a standard city-view room, but you can upgrade to an ocean-view; prices for upgrades and extra nights vary depending on travel dates.

Waikiki Beach is Oahu's most popular (and most developed) stretch of sand, lined with restaurants and upscale shops. If it gets too crowded, the island has 129 other beaches to discover. Kailua, for instance, has great conditions for windsurfing, and the North Shore is legendary among surfers for its killer waves.

Beyond beaches, there are a number of sights worth putting on real shoes for. Don't miss the USS Arizona Memorial and Museum, Iolani Palace (the residence of Hawaii's last queen), and a hike up Diamond Head Crater. Check out the Oahu Visitors Bureau for more ideas on what to see.

Lots of sunshine and ocean breezes keep temperatures in Honolulu between 75 and 80 degrees on average year-round. Rainfall is minimal, although there's a greater chance of showers in the winter months. Before you go, check the weather forecast and the local time at BudgetTravel.com.

Note that this package is just one of many two-for-one Hawaii airfare specials (with a minimum two-night stay) Pleasant Holidays offers.

Copyright © 2012 Newsweek Budget Travel, Inc.

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