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Frommer's Hawaii 2008 [Paperback]

Jeanette Foster

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Aug. 17 2007 Frommer's Complete (Book 365)
You'll never fall into the tourist traps when you travel with Frommer's. It's like having a friend show you around, taking you to the places locals like best. Our expert authors have already gone everywhere you might go--they've done the legwork for you, and they're not afraid to tell it like it is, saving you time and money. No other series offers candid reviews of so many hotels and restaurants in all price ranges. Every Frommer's Travel Guide is up-to-date, with exact prices for everything, dozens of color maps, and exciting coverage of sports, shopping, and nightlife. You'd be lost without us!

Completely updated every year (unlike most of the competition), Frommer's Hawaii features gorgeous color photos of the stunning beaches and thrilling adventures that await you. Meticulously researched by one of Hawaii's most noted journalists, this is hands-down the most reliable, up-to-date, and comprehensive guide to the islands.

Each of our candid hotel reviews is based on a detailed personal inspection. You'll find lavish beachfront resorts, intimate rain-forest B&Bs, family-friendly condos, and much, much more. Our dining reviews are simply the best in the business, whether you crave cutting-edge Asian-fusion cuisine or a hearty, affordable plate lunch.

Our author makes sure that you'll truly experience the spirit of aloha, and she'll help you steer clear of anything that's overpriced, touristy, or inauthentic. With Frommer's in hand, you'll know where to find secluded beaches; secret spots for snorkeling; the best outfitters to choose for everything from diving to deep-sea fishing; and where to find the top galleries and shops.

Inside you'll find extensive coverage of family-friendly accommodations and activities; tips on how to get married in the islands; recommendations for the best honeymoon resorts; and valuable advice on finding the best airfares and package deals. Whether you want to watch the fiery spectacle at the Big Island's volcano, play a challenging round of golf, snorkel with sea turtles, or simply kick back with a mai tai to watch the sunset, you can design the perfect trip with Frommer's Hawaii. You'll even get a color fold-out map, and an online directory that makes trip-planning a snap!

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Frommer's. The best trips start here.

Experience a place the way the locals do. Enjoy the best it has to offer.

  • Detailed reviews of the best beaches, golf courses, and resorts.
  • Outspoken opinions on what's worth your time and what's not.

  • Exact prices, so you can plan the perfect trip whatever your budget.

  • Off-the-beaten-path experiences and undiscovered gems, plus new takes on top attractions.

Find great deals and book your trip at Frommers.com

About the Author

A resident of the Big Island, Jeanette Foster has skied the slopes of Mauna Kea—during a Fourth of July ski meet, no less—and gone scuba diving with manta rays off the Kona Coast. A prolific writer widely published in travel, sports, and adventure magazines, she’s also a contributing editor to Hawaii magazine, the editor of Zagat’s Survey to Hawaii’s Top Restaurant, and the Hawaii chapter author of 1,000 Places to See in the U.S.A. and Canada Before You Die. In addition to writing this guide, Jeanette is the author of Frommer’s Maui 2008, Frommer’s Kauai; Frommer’s Hawaii with Kids; Frommer’s Portable Big Island of Hawaii; Frommer’s Honolulu, Waikiki & Oahu; Frommer's Maui Day by Day; and Frommer’s Honolulu & Oahu Day by Day.

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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars  11 reviews
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I expected Jan. 12 2008
By Jocelyn Hunter - Published on Amazon.com
I purchase Frommer Guides when I'm going someplace new, and I have always been happy with them. This one, however, is not up to their usual standards. I took it along on my recent trip, and it was less than helpful. Many towns and places in HI have native names, but the translation is not in the book, so asking for directions was harder than it needed to be. Several hotels and good local restaurants were not listed. Travel times (either by car or bus) between cities were mentioned in passing, if at all. Local landmarks might get a word or two in description, but there was a detailed listing of every mall and shopping plaza. Overall, I got the impression that this was written largely from an impression of HI that hadn't been updated in a while.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE SOURCE for Travel Info Jan. 4 2008
By V. Short - Published on Amazon.com
I recently purchased this book for an 11 day cruise to several Hawaiian islands. I have been to Hawaii multiple times and have visited almost every island (except Molokai) and have done much of the typical Hawaii recommended locations.

I was looking for something with off the beaten trail type recommendations, and as expected, Frommers came through. I toured several botanical gardens which were out of the way, but excellent. A MUST HAVE for people who have never been to the islands, or those returning who are looking for something new and exciting.

Lots of good recommendations for reservations on the Internet prior to leaving which will save you lots in onsite costs if you are traveling or cruising. The savings alone if you are planning a week trip will cover the cost of the book!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Frommer's Hawaii 2008 Nov. 21 2007
By BritChris - Published on Amazon.com
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Up to Frommer's usual high standards. Very good information about hotels, travel within the islands. Even though it's rather bulky to take with me on the trip I will definitely carry it with me as it is a mine of information.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very handy for planning but a little one-sided May 16 2008
By Lisa Lewis - Published on Amazon.com
This is the first book I bought when I began planning my husband and I's weeklong honeymoon trip to Oahu at the end of this year when he comes back from Iraq. It's packed full of information on all five Islands and I thoroughly read the "Where to Stay" portion of the Oahu section first to plan out the details of our lodging first so reservations could be made well in advance. The descriptions are very thorough as to what hotels offer, where they are located, how to contact them and how much they cost (they are categorized by location and lumped into "Very Expensive, Expensive, Moderate, and Inexpensive" categories), and even has information on lesser-known hotels, bed and breakfasts, and beach cottages for rental that you won't find on many travel Web sites. However, since the book was only written by one person, the impressions and reviews of the hotels, dining places and activities is a bit more objective than a book written by several reviewers would be. I went online and read many, many reviews from other people who had stayed in the hotels before I made my decision. However, I DID find the best link for guest reviews (tripadvisor.com) from a suggestion in the book.

Overall, this is a good starting point purchase in planning a Hawaiian vacation. I will definitely be taking it with me.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding help April 19 2008
By HappilyMarried - Published on Amazon.com
I relied on this book heavily for advice while I honeymooned in Hawaii and it delivered. It was comprehensive and informative. I would recommend it to all vacationers who like a packed, encompassing, and active vacation

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