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Hawaii guidebook

Hi All

We are plannng an Hawaiian vacation for May of 2018. Starting in Honolulu to visit Pearl Harbour. Then after a few days we plan move to Maui and stay on the west shore for a week. Can anyone provide some trip advice or share thoughts on a good guidebook?



Posted by
2465 posts

I agree with the "Revealed" series - excellent tips and suggestions. And as was mentioned, keep it on the down low, the locals don't like it. ;)

Posted by
8597 posts

I like those books. Is the dislike by locals because they give away too many secrets? I can understand that.

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288 posts

Agree on the revealed series. We have used it on Kaui, Maui, Big Island, and Oahu. Very accurate but many people use it, so some "out of the way" spots are busier now. Our friends from the Big Island were looking through it and kept saying. " I can't believe they know about this".

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Hey David
Never heard of the "revealed" book. I am a native of hawaii "Big Island of Hawaii", I just give some of my views and opinions of places to go, things to see and look for. Do you know where you want to stay, hotel, b&b, apartment in Honolulu. How many days you will need your car? Cost of parking. What are you interested in, about pearl harbor. You can do that on your own at gives you lots of info. You may find a fun festival going on, live hawaiian music playing, stop by the "mai tai" bar at royal hawaiian hotel (pink hotel) and watch the sunset. walk along waikiki beach, kalakaua avenue, hiking at diamond head, eating malasadas at leonard's bakery (portuguese donuts), riding thru diamond head/kahala thru hawaii kai to sprouting horn, haunama bay, makapuu beach, waimanalo, kailua continue for a ride around the island. take a ride up to makiki heights to tantalus for a great view of honolulu, walk thru chinatown have lunch, see iolani palace. Aloha stadium has swap meets 2 days a week if you're looking for anything special, wear comfortable shoes lots of walking. A food tour if interested "" Just a few things for you to check out, yes they are tourists stuff but we are tourists Try hawaiian food at rainbow drive inn on kapahulu near waikiki. Don't know that much about maui, even though i was sent to work in Lahaina in 1988 to 1990 from hilo. Lots of changes there. But do find time to go upcountry. it's cowboy country with different farms, vodka distillery, tedeschi winery (making wine with hawaiian fruit), t. komoda bakery (famous for creme puffs), artists studios, goat farm, lavendar and proteas, windsurfing at paia. Our family lived at ulupalakua ranch 55 to 60 years ago, mom was a cowgirl and dad a ranch hand. A different sight and view to see in maui. Spend the day there, you won't regret it. You can look at that has articles about hawaii.l Good Luck
Happy Travels Aloha Princess Pupule

Posted by
922 posts

We used the Oahu Revealed guidebook and liked it a lot. We booked Blue Hawaii Photo Tours on our first day on Oahu. This gives you a tour of the entire island and you can rent a car later to explore things you were interested in that you didn't stop at along the tour. People had everything from an iPhone to a top of the line DSLR on the tour. We stopped in a number of places with great scenery. We rented a car the next day and headed back towards the North shore to explore and eat garlic shrimp! We also took a Gray Line tour of Pearl Harbor which included a visit to the Battleship Missouri memorial. For Maui, Mount Haleakala is great...bring a sweater or light jacket!

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Thanks to all, I will check the library and bookstores for the Maui Revealed book.

Princess Pupule - thank you for the information. A little more detail on our trip so far:


  • we only plan to be there for 2 to 4 days and are considering the Breakers Hotel for the rumored retro vibe
  • we are not planning to rent a car
  • no particular reason to visit the Pearl Harbor Memorial other than to try and gain a better understanding of the history. At this point we are planning to do it on our own using public transit.
  • we try not to 'over plan' vacations so we do not have a detailed itineray, finding a local bar or watching the sunrise/sunset fits our plan - thanks for all the suggestions


  • staying in a condo at the Mahana at Kaanapali
  • we are planning to rent a car
  • our day to day plans are limited so far, will most likely visit Haleakala for a sunrise
  • the upcountry day sounds interesting as do the other details


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Yes, you will need reservations for the sunrise at Haleakala.

Interestingly enough, I did this identical trip in March. You're in for a treat!
Here are a few resources that I found particularly helpful when planning. Hope they are useful to you.