Frommer's Hawaii 2009 Paperback – Aug 29 2008
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From the Back Cover
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.
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Top Customer Reviews
There were many other smaller inacurracies, such as restaurants not where they were supposed to be, incorrect pricing, and so on. The guide also failed to mention that the most popular lookout at the Kilauea volcano was destroyed last spring (2008) in an eruption. By the end of our trip we had formed the view that the guide book was simply old and had been given only a cursory edit to justify the "2009" label.
And to put this in better context, there are more than two dozen travel guides on my shelf right now, all used "in the field", and this guide was the one that let us down. The book still has a lot of useful information, but don't use this as your only guide to Hawaii.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
There are better books out there if you are going to Hawaii for the first time. Look at the higher rated reviews of the blue books.
I liked some of the maps. But, overall, I would encourage folks to look for another guidebook. I also have the Lonely Planet travel guide and it is much better. It's packed with useful info and, unlike some LP books, it is not only good for backpackers but people of all travel styles and budgets.
Frommers needs to get someone who lives in Oahu to correct the errors and update the information. We found it very frustrating to use and ultimately could not trust any information in the book. The free tour guides we picked up at the airport on arrival proved the best guides.