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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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updated 9/25/2009 2:38:28 PM ET 2009-09-25T18:38:28

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Travel by: Through Dec. 31

The deal
Few places satisfy the urge for a carefree tropical vacation like the islands of Hawaii – what with its white-sand beaches, lush landscapes, pounding surf and rich Polynesian culture. And while you can't really go wrong when it comes to travel to Hawaii, fall is the sweetest time to visit. During these few months, there are fewer crowds, lower resort rates and discounted packages, and powerful northern swells (in October) that make for primo surfing. We've rounded up five great deals to Kauai, Maui, and more, with prices from $139/night!

Oahu Hotel and Breakfast Package from $139/Night
From the world-renowned surfing seaboard on its North Shore to the historic site of Pearl Harbor to the bustling stretch of Waikiki Beach, it’s no wonder that Oahu is Hawaii’s most visited island. Centrally located in downtown Honolulu, the Ala Moana Hotel offers spacious and affordable guestrooms just steps from world-class shopping and scenic Ala Moana Beach Park. The recently renovated property features a brand-new rooftop pool and sundeck and a state-of-the-art fitness center. Book the low-priced Breakfast Package to enjoy rates as low as $139/night. This deal is valid through Dec. 21 and includes daily buffet breakfast for two.

Big Island Family Special from $294/Night
An unforgettable adventure awaits visitors on Hawaii’s Big Island, renowned for its diverse landscape that includes snow-covered mountains, lush rainforests, black-sand beaches and active volcanoes. Located on the island’s stunning western Kohala Coast, the 62-acre Hilton Waikoloa Village offers elegantly furnished guestrooms in a gorgeous oceanfront setting. The family-friendly resort also boasts a freshwater pool with dramatic waterfalls, a day camp for children ages 5 to 12, and a Dolphin Quest Learning Lagoon where kids can interact and swim with the friendly ocean mammals. Available through Dec. 31, the Ocean Explorer Family Escape covers a four-night stay for two adults and two kids, including daily buffet breakfast and one glass-bottom boat cruise. Kids also receive a backpack filled with goodies, including an underwater camera, coloring books, ocean fish guides and more. Rates start at just $294/night per room.

Kauai Romance Package from $700/Night
From the spectacular sea cliffs of the Napali Coast to the natural lava caves and lush jungles along the Wailua River, Kauai has some of the most dramatic scenery of all the Hawaiian Islands. Situated on world-renowned Poipu beach on the island’s southern shore, the Ko’a Kea Hotel and Resort has 121 luxury beachfront rooms with private lanais, a romantic oceanfront restaurant, and a top-rated spa. Couples looking for some romance should consider booking the resort’s Tropical Desire package. Available year-round, the offer includes a three-night stay in an ocean-view guestroom with breakfast daily, a three-course dinner for two, a 1-hour couples massage and a mid-size car rental. Rates start from $700/night.

Molokai 3-Night Getaway with Airfare from $759
Anyone in search of unspoiled scenery should head straight to the tiny island of Molokai, renowned for its towering sea cliffs, ancient Polynesian fishponds and 32 miles of natural barrier reef. Located on picturesque Kamilolao Beach, the Aqua Hotel Molokai has a full-service spa featuring traditional Lomi Lomi massage treatments, an onsite restaurant serving tasty island cuisine and 53 oceanfront bungalows equipped with kitchens and private lanais. Activities abound on this island, from guided whale-watching excursions from Kaunakakai Harbor and nature hikes past thunderous waterfalls, rugged shorelines, and protected rainforests. This affordable package from Pleasant Holidays includes three nights’ accommodations and round-trip airfare from San Francisco. The offer is available through Dec. 7 and costs just $759.

Maui 5-Night Villa Rental with $500 Resort Credit, from $895/Night
Maui has been dubbed the magic isle, and it’s easy to see why. Lush rainforests, gorgeous white-sand beaches and spectacular volcanic craters lure millions of visitors each year to one of the world’s most enchantingly islands. For a lavish retreat on Maui’s stunning south side, consider the Five-for-Five special offer available at the Ho’olei at Grand Wailea. This luxury oceanfront resort is currently offering a $500 resort credit to guests who stay five consecutive nights from now through Dec. 21. The credit is good for use at the resort’s dining and golf facilities, spa and retail outlets. Guests also enjoy golf privileges and reduced green fees at five area golf courses; guided ocean activities and whale-watching trips can be arranged through the concierge. Rates start at $895/night for a deluxe three-bedroom villa with garden views.

The dollars
Taxes and fees are additional.

The catch
Saying aloha in Hawaiian also means saying goodbye.

The details
For the Oahu deal, visit or call 866-956-4262.

For the Big Island special, visit or call 808-886-1234.

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For the Kauai package, visit or call 808-828-8888.

For the Molokai getaway, visit or call 800-742-9244.

For the Maui villa offer, visit or call 877-346-6594.

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