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Hawaiian Airlines has announced a major sale. Like, major. LAX flights direct to Oahu, Maui or Kauai start at $229 one way (that’s less than $500 round trip). So book travel through September 30 for shoulder season (January 10 to March 22) and then start planning your getaway with these cost-cutting — but still fab — itineraries.

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Oahu

Why: It’s the new hipster destination, with a revitalized arts district in Waikiki and major wellness tourism thanks to the island’s mana (healing spirit). Also, there are killer waterfalls.

What Not to Miss? Meditate on the site of a 16th-century heiau (temple) and visit a mysterious cave on the leeward side of the island where legend says man was created. Oh, and be sure to explore the Waimea Valley (a sort of waterfall-laced North Shore version of colonial Williamsburg, except for the fact that it’s appealing).

Thrifty Spot to Stay? The Courtyard Waikiki Beach has partial ocean view rooms for $215 per night — including your own balcony.

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Maui

Why: A little something for everyone, including a gazillion microclimates (high desert to tropical lowlands) and a lot of sporty action.

What Not to Miss: Driving the Hana Highway, 64 miles of roadside waterfalls and thrilling cliffside switchbacks.

Thrifty Spot to Stay? The Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa has suites that sleep four and start at $370 per night in early 2018 (that’s less than $100 per person). The hotel has a vacation’s worth of free entertainments from taro pounding to the iconic cliff dive ceremony (splashing nightly since 1963). There’s also a ukulele lender program, where guests can borrow ukuleles and get free lessons.

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Kauai

Why: It’s the Garden Island, which means miles of dramatic jungles with perfect hiking trails cut into cliffsides.

What Not to Miss: The feeling of pre-touristed Hawaii, from the wild chickens on random little sandy beaches to driving the many one-lane bridges on the North Shore.

Thrifty Place to Stay? You can nab a two-room suite (with its own dine-in kitchen) for $209 per night at the centrally located (and recently remodeled) Plantation Hale Suites.

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