While the mainland is still shaking off the last grips of winter, summertime fun is in full swing in Hawaii, where Mai Tais are being shaken and Pacific breezes are stirring up palm fronds. Traveling to the farthest-flung state isn't cheap, but we've tracked down properties that are luxurious beyond their under-$250-a-night price tag. The Big Island has low prices and great hotels can be found in a decent price range on Oahu, but stick to Honolulu and Waikiki Beach for the best bargains. Start planning your island getaway to one of these 10 affordable hotels today.
by Christine Ciarmello
A San Francisco-based freelancer and fog aficionado, Christine Ciarmello was editor-in-chief of Islands, then deputy editor at Sunset. She left her hometown of New Orleans after a near-lifetime stint, three hurricane evacuations, and too much seafood gumbo. She covers the sports of traveling, eating, and drinking. Out-of-the-way places that require a ferry or switchback road to get there, plus modern-vintage hotels are her weaknesses, which she covers on her site, too.