Have you been looking for just the right rate for an Hawaiian vacation this fall? The current Aston Hotel promotion just might be the deal for you, especially if you live on the west coast! Book your Aston hotel by Monday, August 29 and you can save up to 50 percent on 21 resort properties on four Hawaiian Islands. Rates start at just $79 per night. The offer is valid for travel from now until December 21 and is subject to availability. Taxes are additional.

Hotels included in this offer

  • Aston Aloha Beach Hotel on Kauai – $79
  • Aston Maui Lu on Maui – $89
  • Aston Waikiki Joy in Honolulu – $92
  • Aston at the Waikiki Banyan in Honolulu  (one bedroom suite) – $121
  • Aston at Papakea Resort on Maui (condo) – $135
  • Aston Maui Kaanapali Villas – $137
  • Aston Shores at Waikoloa on the island of Hawaii (one bedroom suite) – $165

To take advantage of the deal, follow this link. To book, you must pay for your entire stay and the payment is nonrefundable. Be sure to read the fine print before completing the transaction.

Sample Airfares to Hawaii

Here are a few examples of airfare to Hawaii. Airfares are subject to change without notice, so just use these figures as a benchmark. All are roundtrip in September without taxes. (Perhaps it’s time to dust off those frequent flyer points?)

  • Los Angeles to Honolulu – $510
  • Las Vegas to Honolulu or Maui – $431
  • San Francisco to Honolulu – $540
  • Chicago to Honolulu – $665

Free Things to do in Hawaii

The Arizona Memorial at Pearl  Harbor

Every American should include a visit to Pearl Harbor in their Hawaiian travel itinerary. Located about 45 minutes west of Honolulu, the USS Arizona Memorial pays tribute to the 1177 marines and sailors who died on that ship December 7, 1941. Your visit begins with a short documentary film that chronicles the events of that fateful Sunday morning. You’ll continue on a boat ride to the memorial  itself, which straddles the sunken USS Arizona.  Admission is free, but tickets are limited due to space constraints.

Hawaii State Art Museum

This free museum, located in the center of Honolulu, showcases art and artists from the Hawaiian Islands as well as local Hawaiian culture. This is the only museum in the world to focus solely on Hawaiian art.


No trip to Hawaii would be complete without viewing at least one of the island chain’s spectacular sunsets. Not only are they one of the best things about visiting Hawaii, but they are free every day of the year. Some favorite sunset (and sunrise) viewing spots include Honolulu’s Ala Moana Beach (west of Waikiki), Oahu’s Sunset Beach on the north shore, Kauai’s Hanalei Bay and pretty much anywhere along the west coast of Maui.

Art Nights in Lahaina

The art walk goes Polynesian every Friday night in Lahaina, on the west coast of Maui. The many art galleries there open their studios and galleries to the public every Friday evening. You can look at a variety of Hawaii and other art, meet some of the artists and enjoy free light refreshments put out by gallery owners.

The Road to Hana

If you’d like to get away from the tourist path and see unspoiled Hawaii as it looked during the times of the Hawaiian kings and queens, take a leisurely drive down the Hana Highway. This sometimes narrow road features more than 600 curves, forests of lush tropical foliage, 59 bridges and scores of picturesque waterfalls.

Waimea Canyon

Hawaii’s version of the Grand Canyon is smaller, but no less dramatic. Located on the southwest side of Kauai, Waimea Canyon measures 14 miles long, one mile wide and 3000 feet deep. The park surrounding the canyon offers hiking trails and picnic facilities.