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  • Paperback: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Frommers; Revised edition edition (Aug. 29 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470285559
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470285558
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13 x 3.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #981,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By avd on March 9 2009
Format: Paperback
Not a terrible guide, but there were a number of small, annoying inaccuracies. The biggest failure was about rental cars. The guide claims that Hawaii has some of the lowest rental car rates in the US. Maybe sometimes, but the guide failed to point out that cars can be in short supply. And when that happens, prepare to be gouged. One place quoted us USD$235/day!

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Very average April 27 2009
By C. Hanson - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Very touristy. Very average.

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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Review of Frommer's Guide to Hawaii 2009 April 2 2009
By Denise H. Deford - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is a good,practical guide for those who have not ever been to Hawaii. The maps are good and some of the recommendations were good, but sometimes we wondered if the writer had been bought off, as we did not agree with several of his recommendations and the prices are inaccurate for some things already and it is only April, 2009. I would research the internet before paying for the book or buy it used.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great guide book. Dec 8 2008
By D - Published on
Format: Paperback
Very well written and informative. Helped to make a lot of decisions as to where to stay and what to do on our upcoming Hawaiian vacation.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Old inaccurate version passed off as new Feb. 5 2009
By Cecile Marie - Published on
Format: Paperback
While using this guidebook in Oahu in January 2009, we found many inaccuracies. One restaurant told us their menu had changed three years ago, they informed Frommers two years ago, yet the information is still listed. This ocurred repeatedly for restaurants and tour information. Even the maps are outdated! (you cannot drive completely around the west side of Oahu in a car) The guided tour to Shangri La, Dorothy Duke's former home, isn't incuded in the book at all. You need to book that tour up to 3 months in advance so visit the website: [...]

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.
Frommer's Maui 2009 April 29 2011
By jt - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
good/informative ~~ *may be out of date for some stuff (that is likely to change, like prices, some attractions/festival & celebration dates, population, construction, economy...)

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