Lonely Planet Hawaii

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Pages: 608

List price: $21.99

Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications

Year published: 2007

ISBN: 1741045770

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From Antarctica to Zimbabwe, if you're going there, chances are Lonely Planet has been there first. With a pithy and matter-of-fact writing style, these guides are guaranteed to calm the nerves of first-time world travelers, while still listing off-the-beaten-path finds sure to thrill even the most jaded globetrotters. Lonely Planet has been perfecting its guidebooks for nearly 30 years and as a result, has the experience and know-how similar to an older sibling's "been there" advice. The original backpacker's bible, the LP series has recently widened its reach. While still giving insights for the low-budget traveler, the books now list a wide range of accommodations and itineraries for those with less time than money.

Join Lonely Planet Hawaii experts for the best advice on traveling to what Mark Twain called "the loveliest fleet of islands that lies anchored in any ocean." This is a great guide for people of every budget, featuring more than 60 maps, directions for the best outdoor activities, plus background notes on the islands' history, cultures, and people. There's also a Hawaiian language guide, including useful pidgin words and phrases. --Kathryn True --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

  • Abandon the beach towel and plunge into snorkeling heaven in a coral crater, p.155
  • Soothe your sunburn with a chilling masterpiece from the islands' shave ice gurus, p.180, p.493
  • Feel the heat of Hawaii's continual rebirth amidst the lava of Earth's most active volcano, p.291
  • Experience genuine aloha 'aina atop the world's tallest sea cliffs, p.448

In This Guide:

  • Six authors, 5328 miles driven, 148 beaches combed, 106 detailed maps.
  • All-new color sections showcase Hawaii's highlights, outdoor activities and local people.
  • Expansive surfing coverage and all major islands' top spots revealed by a Surfer magazine editor.
  • more listings for outfitters, tours and sustainable travel experiences.


"On 5 trips to 4 of the islands, I've consistently found that this guidebook steers me in the right direction, and leads me to some out of the way places. The listing of B&B's & condos is extensive, if you are more interested in hotels, the Frommer's guides have better listings. This book provides directions to some sights you would almost definitely miss otherwise. For example, on the drive to Hana there is a lovely swimming hole (with waterfall) about 30 meters from the road but with no signs leading to it. I would never have found this, and it was a higlight of the drive. Numerous other examples (this is one of the few books with details about Molokai), but the bottom line is that while most of the guidebooks list identical sights, this one goes into much more detail. If you are looking to lose the crowds and find some quiet places on your own, you need this book."
— Bill Thomson (Bozeman, Montana), Amazon Reviews