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Whether you’re after a kid-free escape, beachfront bliss or adventure in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, you have about three months to take advantage of low-season rates.
updated 9/9/2008 11:16:05 AM ET 2008-09-09T15:16:05

Book by: ASAP (October 15)
Travel by: Various dates through Jan 2009

The deal
Hawaii is a hotbed for deals in autumn. Prices dip and crowds thin out as school-year routines resume full swing, yet the weather and scenery remain delightful. To help you take advantage of the sand, surf and savings, here’s a roundup of air-hotel packages, starting as low as $862 for four nights. Whether you’re after a kid-free escape, beachfront bliss or adventure in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, you have about three months to take advantage of low-season rates. With 30-days advance planning, you can even grab discounts of up to 30 percent on winter trips through January. All you need to do is pick an island.

Four nights on Kauai from $862
Eager for a relaxing November break amid the miles of beaches, coconut groves, mountains and waterfalls on the oldest of the Hawaiian Islands? Four nights’ accommodation plus airfare between Los Angeles and Kauai, is available from $862 through Expedia. By booking 30 days in advance of travel, you’ll receive a 10 percent discount on your hotel stay at ResortQuest Kauai Beach at Makaiwa. Tucked along the island’s eastern coast, the 311-room oceanfront resort features recently renovated rooms with refrigerators and internet access. For an extra charge, guests can partake of the Hiva Pasefika Luau — widely considered among the best on the island — every night but Monday.

Fifth night free in Oahu
For a budget-conscious Oahu vacation, we suggest an offer through Hawaiian Airlines and provided by Get2Hawaii: Get a free fifth night at Waikiki’s New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel when you pay for four. The package, which includes round-trip airfare from Los Angeles, is available from $863. The three-star hotel, set in the shadow of Diamond Head and next to Kapiolani Park, sports a surfside location on swimmer-friendly Sans Souci Beach; complimentary beach towels and mats; and 125 non-smoking rooms. The sample package price is based on travel between September 15 and November 10 and includes all taxes. Beware of blackout dates in October.

Maui hotel savings of 30 percent
Slideshow: Magical Maui Prefer to go to Maui? You can land a 30 percent discount on a stay at the Sheraton Maui Resort in Lahaina though Expedia’s Book Early and Save Promo. The sprawling property, set on 23 acres next to Maui’s famous Black Rock promontory, boasts a prime spot on Kaanapali Beach. Four nights’ lodging at the 500-plus-room hotel in addition to a round-trip flight can be had for $965. The package quote is based on December travel from Los Angeles. If you can’t wait, November sample rates start at $1,065. By January, though, prices jump to a high-season $1,538. For full savings, remember to make arrangements at least 30 days before travel.

Hawaii luxury from $1,081
If Big Island luxury is more your style, Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel may be the place for you. According to Frommers, the hotel “enjoys one of the best locations on the Kohala Coast.” Complimentary perks including valet parking; nightly turndown service; 32 acres of oceanfront property along the white-sand Hapuna Beach; spa facilities; and an Arnold Palmer/Ed Seay-designed golf course. Four nights with airfare starts at $1,081 through Expedia, based on November travel from Los Angeles. Book early and you’ll get a bonus of the fifth night free on a five-night stay. If you prefer to travel sooner, AirToHawaii.com has a similar package valid through November 6 that includes air from L.A., room upgrade, free fifth night and $100 resort credit from $1,351.

Slideshow: The heart of Hawaii

The dollars
All quotes are per person and based on double occupancy. Air travel taxes and fees for the Expedia deals are additional; they’re covered in the price of the other three packages.

The catch
Add a couple hundred dollars to package prices for departures beyond Los Angeles.

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Photos: Hawaiian paradise

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  1. Waimea Canyon, Kauai

    Kalalau Valley, on Kauai's west side, is more than 3,000 feet deep and provides stunning panoramic views. Waimea is nicknamed "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific." (John Borthwick / Lonely Planet) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Honolulu, Hawaii

    Men row their Hawaiian outrigger canoe towards Waikiki beach, with Diamond Head in the background. Outrigger canoes are now used for recreation purposes and to ride the waves, but in times past they were the main means of transportation between the Hawaiian Islands. (Mike Nelson / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. The tranquil waters of Oahu

    Hanauma Bay is one of the finest stretches of beach in the world. (Eric L Wheater / Lonely Planet) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Surfer's paradise

    Australian Luke Egan competes on Oahu's North Shore, one of the best places in Hawaii to ride the big waves. (AFP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Water colors

    A school of manini fish pass over a coral reef at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Donald Miralle / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Wailua Falls

    The beautiful 83-foot tiered Wailua Falls is an easily accessible, must-see waterfall on the island of Kauai. Wailua Falls was first made famous when it was featured in the television show, "Fantasy Island." (James Randklev / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Emerald peaks

    The iconic, towering emerald peaks of the 1,200-foot Iao Needle, stand out in Maui's Iao Valley State Park. (Adina Tovy Amsel / Lonely Planet) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Historic reminder

    The USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, marks the resting place of many of the battleship's 1,177 crew members who lost their lives during the Attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941 by the Japanese. The memorial is the "ground zero" of World War II. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Aloha!

    Hula dancers welcome the sailing crew of a Hokule'a, a canoe, into Kailua Bay. (Ronen Zilberman / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. The heart of Hawaii

    The sun sets on Honolulu, Oahu's capital and Hawaii's largest, most populous city. (Robert Y. Ono / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Polynesian heat

    Brandon OFueo Maneafaiga, 23, of Waianae, Hawaii balances two flaming knifes during the 13th Annual World Fireknife Championship at the Polynesian Cultural Centre in Laie, Hawaii. (Lucy Pemoni / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Explosive attraction

    People watch from a viewing area as an explosion takes place on Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, in Pahoa, Hawaii. Legend says the volcano goddess Pele dug fire pits as she traveled from island to island looking for a home with her brothers and sisters. She finally settled at Kilauea's summit, where she lives at Halemaumau crater. (Leigh Hilbert / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Forces of nature

    The Dragon's Teeth are bizarre lava formations eroded by wind and salt spray at Makalua-puna Point. (Karl Lehmann / Lonely Planet) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Heaven on Earth

    Astronomy observatories are seen on the peak of the snow-covered, Mauna Kea mountain near Hilo, Hawaii. Mauna Kea is a dormant volcano. (Tim Wright / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. On the way to Sainthood

    Tourists walk through a cemetery past the grave, left, of Father Damien at Kalawao, Hawaii. After cancer patient Audrey Toguchi prayed to Father Damien, known for helping leprosy patients in Hawaii, to help her, and her cancer went away, Pope Benedict XVI approved the case in July 2008 as Damien's second miracle, opening the way for the 19th century Belgian priest to be declared a saint. (Eric Risberg / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Cool colors

    Rainbow eucalyptus (Mindanao Gum) trees grow in Keanae, Maui. Once a year, these magnificent trees shed their bark and take on the colors of the rainbow. (James Randklev / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Magic Sands

    An aerial view of La'aloa Beach Park or Magic Sands beach in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. The beach is called Magic Sands because when rough surf hits, all of the sand is emptied off the beach and temporarily moved out to sea. (Brian Powers / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
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