When you've had enough of shoveling snow, chipping ice and shivering in the cold, it's time to think about kicking back at someplace warm, like Hawaii.
Before you start making reservations and laying out money, grab some basic information off the Internet on places to see and things to do.
The Hawaii Visitors and Conventions Bureau -- www.visit.hawaii.org
-- has sections filled with information on activities, transportation, weather and accommodations -- from luxury hotels to camping.
And if this going to be more than a vacation, there's a section devoted to island weddings and honeymoons.
Imagine Hawaii -- imagine-hawaii.com
-- presents information ranging from "Activities" to "Worship," plus hints on things that would be entertaining for your children under "Kid Stuff."
Check out Planet Hawaii -- planet-hawaii.com/
-- and click on "Under the Volcano" for feature articles on events such as the Merry Monarch Festival, the hula festival in April named for King David Kalakaua. He's the monarch who revived the dance after missionaries banned it as immoral.
To combine a little history with your recreation, read about the National Park Service's USS Arizona Memorial -- www.nps.gov/usar/index.htm -- and Father Damien's leprosy colony -- visitmolokai.com/kala.html.
And the Bishop Museum -- www.bishop.hawaii.org/
-- has descriptions of its exhibits; take a look at the extensive pages devoted to the island of Kaho'olawe.
The travel guides put out by Rough Guide include a page on Hawaii -- travel.roughguides.com/content/1621/
-- where you can learn about things to see and do by clicking on the "Best Of" and "Explore" icons. And give a look to the Hawaii page of GORP -- www.gorp.com/gorp/location/hi/hi.htm -- the Great Outdoor Recreation Pages.
Track down Web pages of major hotels at the Internetvantage Travel Directory -- www.iav.com/travel.html -- and find bed and breakfasts, cottages and condominiums. The name alone is reason enough to click on the B&B entry for the Hale Ho'okipa Inn.
Hawaii Guide -- hawaiiguide.com/page1.htm -- has links to services such as fishing boat charters, car rentals and tour packages.