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Heavenly Hawaii: Dos and don’ts

By Michele Bigley, Special to CNN

(CNN) — Looking to get to Hawaii without blowing your son’s college fund? Want to experience the islands but not sure when to go?

Here’s how to avoid costly and exhausting mistakes during your Hawaiian vacation.

DON’T travel to Hawaii during school holidays. Tourists crowd Hawaii’s stunning beaches in summer and winter. During school holidays, flight and hotel rates are off the charts — between Christmas and New Years, condos and vacation rentals can run three times as much as rates in early December.

DO visit Hawaii in the off-season. Hands down the best values on visiting Hawaii can be found in May and October. With prices reasonably low and the weather at its peak — not too hot, not too rainy — take advantage of the perks of off-season travel to

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