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It's your choice -- wake up in the dark, shovel snow on your driveway, de-ice your windshield before spending the day sitting at your desk staring out at the gray skies or book that Hawaiian vacation you've always dreamed of and escape the winter chills. It's easier and more affordable than you imagined.

Pleasant Holidays (tel. 800/742-9244; www.pleasantholidays.com) can get you on your way to Hawaii and that white-sand and palm tree vacation for less. Its current Hawaii package specials include:

The six-day Waikiki special combines round-trip airfare on United Airlines to Honolulu, airport transfers and five-nights' accommodations in a superior room at the Island Colony Hotel.

  • From Los Angeles or San Francisco: $511
  • From New York: $797
  • From Chicago: $812
  • From Boston: $832

This offer is valid for travel on select Wednesdays and Thursdays from January 19 to March 2, 2006.

The six-day Maui special includes round-trip airfare on United Airlines to Maui, five-days' economy car rental and five-nights' accommodations at the Aston Maui Lu Hotel. From Los Angeles or San Francisco the price is $691, from New York $977, from Chicago $993 and Boston from $1,012 for travel on select Wednesdays and Thursdays between January 18 and March 2, 2006.

The six-day Big Island special includes round-trip airfare on Delta Airlines to Kona, five-days' economy car rental and five-nights' accommodations in a Garden Mountain view room at the Royal Kona Resort. From Los Angeles or San Francisco the price is $741, from New York $1002, from Chicago $1019 and Boston from $1037. This combo is valid for travel on select Wednesdays and Thursdays from January 18 to March 2, 2006.

Hawaii 4 Less (tel. 800/967-6687; www.hawaii4less.com) offers several condominium stay and car rental packages. Here's a small sampling of what's available:

You can stay seven-nights at the Kaleialoha on Maui in a one-bedroom ocean front condominium and get seven-days' economy car rental for $465 per person based on double occupancy. The Kaleialoha is located five minutes from Kaanapali Beach and all condos offer full 180-degree ocean views. The same deal at the Kihei Surfside located in Kihei in southwest Maui is priced from $480 per person. If there are four people traveling together, enjoy seven- nights at the Maui Parkshore located in Kihei in southwest Maui in a two-bedroom ocean view condominium with compact rental car from $265.

On Kauai, stay seven-nights at the Plantation Hale with seven-days economy car rental from $430 per person. The Plantation Hale features three pools and two spas and is situated on Kauai's scenic Coconut Coast. If there are four people traveling together, enjoy seven- nights at the Makahuena, located in Poipu in a two-bedroom partial ocean view condominium with car rental from $340 per person. Also for groups of four, seven-nights in a two-bedroom garden view condominium at the Banyan Harbor Resort is priced from a super low $240 per person with one-week economy car rental. The Banyan Harbor is located in southeast Kauai in Kalapaki Bay, a short stroll from Kalapaki beach and nearby restaurants.

Add to these packages discounted airfares that can also be found on their website and you have an affordable Hawaiian vacation option.

Hawaii-Aloha (tel. 800/843-8771; www.hawaii-aloha.com) has dozens of discounted Hawaii vacation packages on offer. With prices starting at $729 per person, enjoy round-trip airfare from Chicago to Honolulu on Delta Airlines and five-nights' accommodations at the Aston Aloha Surf Hotel with complimentary breakfast daily. Or fly from Detroit to Maui for $799 on Delta Airlines and spend five-nights at the Maui Lu in a superior garden view room. From Kansas City, pay only $900 per person on a package that includes round-trip airfare on Northwest Airlines and five-nights' accommodations at the Miramar Hotel with daily breakfast. A deal flying from Oakland to Maui on Aloha Airlines spending seven-nights at the Maui Kai Maui Islander starts from a super low $650 per person.

Hawaiian Airlines (tel. 800/236-5451; www.hawaiianair.com) has a selection of late fall/winter "Hot Deals" with exclusive packages available. For a limited time, stay at the Waikiki Beach Marriott, located mere steps away from world famous Waikiki Beach, for four-nights and get the fifth-night free plus a $75 food and beverage credit, which can be redeemed at two of the hotel's popular restaurants, plus through room service. Travel is valid from now until December 20, 2005 and this package priced from $770 per person includes round-trip airfare from Los Angeles or San Francisco, five-nights' accommodations and the food/beverage credit with all taxes included.

The "Sunrise to Sunset" special package includes round-trip airfare from Los Angeles or San Francisco, four-nights' accommodations at the Sheraton Kauai Resort in Kauai, free buffet breakfast daily, a Kauai Snack Basket ($40 value), cultural arts, crafts, lei making, and hula lessons, kids eat free program (aged 12 and under for a maximum of two children), dinner discounts and discounts on select beach activities. This package is priced from $903 including all taxes from the West coast and is valid for travel until December 23, 2005.

Winter round-trip airfares to Honolulu on Hawaiian Airlines are also on sale. Sample fares from January 9 to March 15, 2006 include:

  • Los Angeles/San Francisco/San Jose: $298
  • Las Vegas/Phoenix: $358
  • Portland: $378
  • Seattle: $458

Travelocity (www.travelocity.com) has a number of "Hawaii Your Way" packages that feature round-trip airfare from Los Angeles and four-nights' accommodations at the following three-star properties:

  • Aqua Palms Honolulu from $586
  • ResortQuest Waikiki Beach Hotel from $622
  • ResortQuest Kaanapali Shores in Maui from $674
  • Maui Prince Hotel Makena Resort from $984
  • Outrigger Keauhou Beach on the Big Island from $658
  • Kauai Beach Resort from $720

For airfares, ATA (tel. 800/435-9282; www.ata.com) is having a "Sale of the Season" with one-way fares to Honolulu from various U.S. mainland starting at $179 (from Los Angeles) for travel between now and February 14, 2006. Sample fares include:

  • Las Vegas $199
  • Phoenix $209
  • Denver/Houston/Salt Lake City $239
  • New York/Nashville/Tampa $279
  • Philadelphia/Louisville $279

These fares must be purchased by December 6, 2005

For more information on Hawaii visit www.gohawaii.com and www.frommers.com/destinations/hawaii.