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Hawaii Guidebooks

With my upcoming Germany / Austria trip postponed two years the best way to keep myself occupied at home is to start planning next years Hawaii trip. Please recommend your favorite guide books.

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I hope by next year that this virus thing will be over but if it is not you will likely face a 14 day quarantine if you come here to Hawaii.
Right now HI is discouraging any travelers from coming here. As far as guide books go the "Revealed" series (such as Oahu Revealed, Maui Revealed) are by far the best guide books you can get for Hawaii. I have been coming here for 32 years and have lived here for the last 20 years and still use them whenever I travel to an outer island. aloha charlie

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I use Andrew Doughty's "Revealed" series (separate books for Oahu, Kauai, Maui, and Hawaii). The only downside is that you need a separate book for each island, but each book is very comprehensive. He also does a good job of posting updates on his website.

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hey hey Julie
what island or islands are you interested in and how many days will your trip be? I’m from the big island (hawaii) and lived in oahu many years, I can give your places to see and do if interested.
aloha

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Guide books are great, until "Polynesian Paralysis" sets in, accompanied by May Tai's......Aloha.

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Princess Pupule the planning has just begun. My sister wants to go to Volcanos National Park and I want to go to the zoo. The beach of course. That’s about it. Open to all suggestions.

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I also like the Revealed series of guide books.

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hey hey julie
i will get your "road trip" ideas together and send you. send you to places you wouldn't do on your own that may not be listed in tourists guides. also places to eat local food with some B&B's, small local style hotels for the big island.
had many of pat's "polynesian paralysis mai tai's.
enjoy what each island has to offer, from crowded cities to small villages, going to the beach and seeing snow on mauna kea mountain, lush green land to desert terrain, gorgeous waterfalls, plantation style homes to million dollar mansions, traffic up the ying yang to 2 lane country roads, horse and ranch country. enjoy
aloha

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Hi Julie, we really like the “Hawaii, The Big Island Revealed” if you’re wanting to go to the Big Island and drive around to see sites. Last year, we used it to explore the Waikoloa area, the Volcano National Park and the broad area around Kailua-Kona. We definitely recommend staying overnight a night at Volcano Village (we stayed at a B&B) to be able to give the national park enough time.

This year we drove over to Honomu west of Hilo and stayed at the Mahana House Inn for three nights (loved the area), then we returned to Kailua-Kona for two weeks to enjoy the area.

For Oahu and Maui on previous trips, we just used the internet to search for the main activities -didn’t use a guidebook.

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Back in the seventies I bought a book called "Hawaii on 15 Dollars a Day". I would imagine prices have gone up since then.