Lonely Planet Hawaii 10th Ed.: 10th Edition Paperback – Sep 9 2011
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After graduating from college in Chicago, Sara jumped on a plane to California with just one suitcase and $100 in her pocket. Then she hopped across the Pacific to Japan, eventually splitting the difference by living on Maui, the Big Island and O'ahu for a few years. She is an avid outdoor enthusiast who has worked for the National Park Service in California and as a volunteer at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Already the author of over 30 travel and nonfiction books, Sara also contributed to Lonely Planet's Honolulu, Waikiki & Oahu and Hiking In Hawaii guides.
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The guide offers lots of need-to-know information and systematic coverage of all the islands, including the small atolls far and away to the northwest of the main islands. Oahu gets especially good coverage as the most popular tourist destination, but much deserved attention is also paid to the charms of Hawaii and Maui. There are descriptions of the best beaches, restaurants, and places to stay, along with recommended/suggested activities such as surfing, diving, and golf, not to mention hiking in the surprising number of remote valleys and mountain ridges in the islands.
Lonely Planet guides are known for being opinionated, and this guide is no exception. The narrative includes recognition of the impact that tourism is having on the Hawaiian Islands, with its burden on resources. It includes a hard-eyed look at the crime problem, especially on Oahu, and on frictions with native Hawaiians over prime beaches, surfing spots, and culturally sacred locations. The imbedded commentary, including the political opinions, will be of interest to some readers, and perhaps off-putting to others. Lonely Planet doesn't do bland, and the its guide to Hawaii is recommended as a planning and touristing resource.
The digital version worked great and all the links we tried (both on-line and off-line) worked great.
The content was up to date and is making us look even more forward to the trip (if that is even possible).
--Sites and activities that were rated very highly on TripAdvisor and were actually awesome were glossed over or not mentioned at all in this book
--There were no instructions how to get anywhere. Admittedly there are only about 5 roads on these islands but Haleakala is a big place and it would have been nice to know where the entrance to get to the peak is.
--When they list the top attractions at the start of the book they often don't even mention which island they are on
--The organization isn't great