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Matthew Minucci

The Big Island could easily have been named the “The Endless Island,” with its eight climate zones and 4,000-plus square miles of mostly raw landscapes to explore. You’ll land in a terrain that looks flat and moon-like — only to step on the gas and, to the east, find yourself in a mountain rainforest zone of lush emerald-colored canopy and moss-draped trees. And while Hawaii is known to be spendy, penny savers can still rejoice: This does not have to be a terribly expensive island…if you know where to look (and once you plunk down the fare to get there, of course). Here are some ideas to get you into that aloha spirit.

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hawaiian airlines partners with jetblueJetBlue and Hawaiian Airlines have announced a partnership that’s primed to make travel to the Aloha State easier than ever before, particularly for East Coast travelers. The newly inked arrangement will allow for seamless daily connections between flights out of New York City (via JetBlue’s JFK hub) and into Honolulu (on Hawaiian Airlines), allowing customers to book single tickets that combine travel on the two carriers.

The new partnership will be featured on Hawaiian Airlines’ soon-to-launch flights (on June 5, precisely) between New York City and Honolulu (where continuing connections are additionally available to Kauai, Maui, or Hawaii Island), on what will be the only nonstop offering on that particular itinerary (advertised rates start at $431 each way). Or, customers can book travel immediately via Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), where JetBlue operates, and Hawaiian Airlines currently offers multiple daily departures to Hawaii (rates start at $339 each way). Plus, the airlines have agreed to allow for reciprocal frequent flyer benefits between the two carriers. Read more

eco-hotels-resize.jpgWith so many hotels touting their “green” credentials these days, it’s hard to figure out which ones are eco-friendly and which are just jumping on the eco-band wagon. Here are our picks for the best “green” hotels, as well as a few resources to find more eco-friendly properties no matter where you’re headed.

The Hay-Adams, Washington, D.C. This historic hotel located across the street from the White House was the first to be awarded the Luxury Eco Certification Standard from non-profit Sustainable Travel International. To earn the award, the Hay-Adams got rid of Styrofoam, paper, and plastic containers; uses eco-friendly cleaning products; and automatically recycles newspapers, white paper, and bottles and cans from guest rooms. To top it off, the luxury hotel recycles its linen by partnering with a local charity called Keys for the Homeless.

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hawaiifares_edit.jpgAfter careful deliberation, ShermansTravel editors have found the most affordable way to cheat this prolonged winter. Booking a flight to Hawaii will raise your spirits and go easy on your wallet, with rock-bottom fares through March, April, and May that even beach bums can afford. Between Delta, American Airlines, United Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines (offering unbeatable rates starting from $497 each way on first class!), and more unannounced rates from numerous carriers, all you have to do to find yourself among palm trees and coconut bikinis is click a button.

Sample Fares (Round-Trip) Include:

•    Portland—Kahului: $349
•    Seattle—Big Island: $351
•    Los Angeles—Honolulu: $381
•    San Francisco—Honolulu: $396
•    Las Vegas—Honolulu:$481
•    Denver—Honolulu: $539
•    Dallas—Honolulu: $569
•    San Diego—Kahului: $597
•    Portland—Honolulu: $994 (First class)
•    Seattle—Honolulu: $1,122 (First class)
•    Oakland—Honolulu: $1,194 (First class)
•    And more!

For more information or to book, visit Hawaiian Airlines, Orbitz Flex Search (choose option three), or search for flights using our own Quicksearch! tool.

hawaii-prince-hotel-waikiki-resize.jpgBeat the winter blues with a Hawaiian getaway – it may be peak season in the Aloha State but there are actually deals to be had! With the Prince Winter Escape special, rooms at Oahu’s Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki start at just $189/night and include a $50 daily resort credit. All units feature views of the ocean, and the lowest priced rooms (included in the package) are actually in the second-tier Oceanfront Vista category, which are on higher floors than standard rooms. Spend the resort credit at any of the hotel’s five restaurants and lounges, golf course, or spa. This deal is valid from January 3, 2010 to March 31, 2010 and there is no minimum stay required. Rack rates normally start at $425/night for the Oceanfront Vista rooms, meaning this package will save you over 50 percent. The hotel also has several other promotions on offer during these dates, so be sure to compare prices for your desired travel dates to ensure the best bang for your buck.  Read more

hilton-waikoloa-village-edit.jpgAn 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 to12, and a Dolphin Quest Learning Lagoon where kids can interact and swim with the friendly ocean mammals. Available through December 31, the Ocean Explorer Family Escape covers a 4-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.

By: Sherman’s Travel Editorial Staff


For one glorious season each year, America’s beaches come into full bloom. To help you pick a great destination for a bit of summery respite – and to enlighten you to the country’s great diversity of sun and sand – Sherman’s Travel spoke to experts around the country, polled readers and staffers, and got the most in-the-know correspondents to divulge their favorite U.S. beaches. Then, we narrowed the selection down to specially themed categories consisting of several beaches each (it wasn’t easy!). Just for fun, we’ve thrown in our favorite beach movies, songs, bars, and restaurants, too.

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