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Summer is almost here and the sun, surf and pristine beaches of Hawaii are beckoning. Pack your bathing suit, sunscreen and hat (other attire is optional) and say Aloha to these deals and seasonal specials.

During the summer peak season, ATA (tel. 800/I-FLY-ATA; www.ata.com) flies 62 flights a week to Hawaii from four mainland cities -- Los Angeles, San Francisco, Phoenix and newly added, Las Vegas. The introductory round-trip price for the flight between Las Vegas and Honolulu is $378 plus taxes. One-stop service from Denver to Honolulu and Maui started earlier this month. Beginning on June 11, 2005, ATA will fly three times weekly from San Francisco to Lihue. On June 12, Los Angeles to Lihue (three times a week) and Kona (twice a week) flights will commence. The twice-daily flights from Honolulu to San Francisco continue on to Chicago and the daily flights from Maui to Los Angeles continue on to Indianapolis from June 7, 2005.

ATA and Pleasant Holidays (tel. 800/742-9244; www.pleasantholidays.com) are offering a special non-stop low web fare from Los Angeles to Honolulu round-trip starting from $299. This rate is valid for Monday to Thursday departures until June 23, 2005. Other airfare specials include Los Angeles to Maui (Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from June 14 to August 25, 2005) for $579, to the Big Island (Mondays from June 13 to August 22, 2005) for $530 to Kauai (Thursdays from June 16 to August 25, 2005) for $580. Taxes additional.

For $612 plus taxes, Pleasant Holidays will give you round-trip airfare from Los Angeles to Honolulu, airport transfers and five-nights accommodation at a Waikiki hotel. This deal is valid for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday departures from June 15 until August 19, 2005. Add $185 from New York (until August 11 for Wednesday and Thursday departures only). Starting from $881 per person, stay at the Aston Waikiki Sunset in a one-bedroom condominium suite; get the fifth-night free plus a discount coupon book. This deal is valid for travel on a Wednesday, Thursday or Friday until August 19, 2005. Add $186 from New York on Wednesdays and Thursdays only. If you prefer Maui, at press time, $824 will get you round-trip airfare from Los Angeles, five-nights accommodation and a rental car, valid for Thursday departures only, from June 16 to August 11, 2005. Add $185 from New York on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Sun Trips (tel. 800/SUN-TRIPS; www.suntrips.com) has some great Hawaiian dual-destination packages and several last minute specials for airfares between Hawaii and west coast cities. For $881 plus taxes, your multi-island experience includes round-trip airfare from Los Angeles, three-nights accommodation on Oahu (Honolulu/Waikiki Beach), four-nights accommodation on Maui, round-trip airport/resort transfers on Oahu, economy car rental on Maui (upgrades available), breakfast orientation on each island, inter-island airfare, fresh flower lei greeting, airfare and hotel taxes. Other departure cities are available for additional cost. The same package for an Oahu / Big Island combination starts at $962.

Their airfare specials from Oakland include round-trip to Honolulu for $299 plus taxes or to Kauai (Lihue) or Kona for $379 plus taxes. These prices are valid for departures on select dates in June, 2005 only. Discount one-way fares are also available. Hawaii-Aloha (tel. 800/843-8771; www.hawaii-aloha.com) features several package vacations that include round-trip airfare with five or seven-nights accommodation. Traveling from San Francisco to Honolulu on Delta with seven-nights at the Aston Aloha Surf Hotel on Waikiki beach starts from $570, including all taxes. Add car rental to this package for only $25 more per day.

Departing from Chicago to Honolulu on Delta, staying at the Aston Aloha Surf for five-nights starts at $729 per person including continental breakfast daily. The same package from Dallas is only $29 more. Fly from Seattle to Maui on Northwest Airlines, and stay at the Aston Maui Lu in south Kihei for five-nights, from $646 per person, dual occupancy. The same deal is available from Detroit flying with Delta from $799.

Traveling from Oakland to Maui on Aloha Airlines including seven-nights at Kai Maui Islander starts from $650. Seattle to Oahu on ATA Airlines with five-nights at the Ohana East Hotel also starts from $650. These prices are available for October departures but you can also check the website for similarly priced summer and early fall specials.

Hawaii For Less (tel. 800/967-6687; www.hawaii4less.com) is offering some big discounts on one-week hotel packages on all islands. Enjoy seven-nights on the Big Island of Hawaii at the Kona Bali Kai in a one-bedroom ocean front condominium with one week's economy rental starting from $550 per person.

If there are four of you traveling together, it's hard to beat their seven-nights at the Sea Village Kona in a two-bedroom ocean view condominium plus compact rental car for one-week from $325 per person.

Sample round-trip airfares offered by Hawaii For Less when you purchase their accommodation packages include:

  • Los Angeles to Oahu or Maui on Delta from $350
  • San Francisco to Oahu or Maui on United from $390
  • Seattle to Maui on Northwest from $415
  • Phoenix to Oahu on Delta from $445
  • Denver to Oahu on Delta from $530
  • New York to Oahu or Maui on Delta from $580

For flights from the east coast, Cheap Air (www.cheapair.com) has discount midweek flights to Honolulu from New York starting from $537 (seven-day advance purchase) until June 25, 2005. From Boston, flights start from $571 based on a 21-day advance purchase. Leaving from Miami, fly to Honolulu until June 30, 2005 from $604 with seven-day advance purchase required.

Stay at any Aston ResortQuest Hawaii hotel (tel. 877/997-6667; www.astonextranet.com/sidestep) or all-suite condominium resort this summer and enjoy their "Sizzling Summer Deals." With over 28 resort properties spread throughout the Hawaiian Islands, families traveling with kids can take advantage of the "Stay, Play and Eat Free" program, available at all Aston hotels and resorts at no additional charge. Children 17 years and younger stay free with their parents plus children 12 and younger receive free admission to top island attractions including "Sea Life Park, Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park," and "Atlantis Submarines" when accompanied by a paying adult. They also receive free meals at popular family friendly restaurants including Pizza Hut, Tony Roma's and Dave & Busters when accompanied by a paying adult.

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