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While it may be the Hawaiian islands' fiftieth anniversary of statehood, the state has been especially hard-hit by the recession. Although summer is one of the islands' high seasons (another is Christmastime), flights on almost all major airlines have never been lower (tickets from Los Angeles hover around $450), and hotels have had to get creative. On Maui, the Fairmont Kea Lani's Aloha Savers Promotion means $340 a night rates (a 30 percent discount), and on Lanai, the Four Seasons Lodge at Koele (a golfer's favorite) is offering three nights for the price of two (a total of $590 as opposed to $885). Alternatively, an airfare-plus-hotel summer package from Pleasant Holidays can be up to 50 percent cheaper than last year's rates. Book through: Pleasant Holidays (800-742-9244; pleasantholidays.com).
For more on Hawaii, see Condé Nast Traveler's "Home at the End of the World" from July 2009.