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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Hawaii is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Learn to surf or lie in the sun on a sugary tropical beach, hike across ancient lava flows and up craggy peaks, or curve down Maui's lushest coast on the Road to Hana; all wit Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Hawaii is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Learn to surf or lie in the sun on a sugary tropical beach, hike across ancient lava flows and up craggy peaks, or curve down Maui's lushest coast on the Road to Hana; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Hawaii and begin your journey now! Inside Lonely Planet's Hawaii Travel Guide: Full-color maps and images throughout Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - including history, politics, arts & crafts, cuisine, landscapes, wildlife, and island customs Free, convenient pull-out sheet-map (included in print version), plus over 83 color maps Covers Oahu, Honolulu, Waikiki, Kailua, Hawaii the Big Island, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Maui, Lahaina, Road to Hana, Lanai, Molokai, Niihau, Kauai, Na Pali Coast, and more eBook Features: (Best viewed on tablet and smartphone devices) Downloadable PDF and offline maps prevent roaming and data charges Effortlessly navigate and jump between maps and reviews Add notes to personalize your guidebook experience Seamlessly flip between pages Bookmarks and speedy search capabilities get you to key pages in a flash Embedded links to recommendations' websites Zoom-in maps and images Inbuilt dictionary for quick referencing The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Hawaii, our most comprehensive guide to Hawaii, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less travelled. Looking for a guide focused on only one or a few islands in this destination? Check out Lonely Planet's Discover Hawaii the Big Island, Discover Kauai, Discover Maui, and Discover Honolulu, Waikiki & Oahu, handy-sized guides focused on the can't-miss sights for a quick trip Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet. About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveler community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travelers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves.


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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Hawaii is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Learn to surf or lie in the sun on a sugary tropical beach, hike across ancient lava flows and up craggy peaks, or curve down Maui's lushest coast on the Road to Hana; all wit Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Hawaii is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Learn to surf or lie in the sun on a sugary tropical beach, hike across ancient lava flows and up craggy peaks, or curve down Maui's lushest coast on the Road to Hana; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Hawaii and begin your journey now! Inside Lonely Planet's Hawaii Travel Guide: Full-color maps and images throughout Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - including history, politics, arts & crafts, cuisine, landscapes, wildlife, and island customs Free, convenient pull-out sheet-map (included in print version), plus over 83 color maps Covers Oahu, Honolulu, Waikiki, Kailua, Hawaii the Big Island, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Maui, Lahaina, Road to Hana, Lanai, Molokai, Niihau, Kauai, Na Pali Coast, and more eBook Features: (Best viewed on tablet and smartphone devices) Downloadable PDF and offline maps prevent roaming and data charges Effortlessly navigate and jump between maps and reviews Add notes to personalize your guidebook experience Seamlessly flip between pages Bookmarks and speedy search capabilities get you to key pages in a flash Embedded links to recommendations' websites Zoom-in maps and images Inbuilt dictionary for quick referencing The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Hawaii, our most comprehensive guide to Hawaii, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less travelled. Looking for a guide focused on only one or a few islands in this destination? Check out Lonely Planet's Discover Hawaii the Big Island, Discover Kauai, Discover Maui, and Discover Honolulu, Waikiki & Oahu, handy-sized guides focused on the can't-miss sights for a quick trip Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet. About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveler community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travelers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves.

30 review for Lonely Planet Hawaii

  1. 4 out of 5

    Derek Wolfgram

    Full of excellent recommendations for things to do, places to eat and drink, and places to stay, Lonely Planet Hawaii is an excellent guidebook. Interestingly, the recommendations match those of locals that I know, which is definitely not always the case with other guidebooks. I used the book primarily for restaurant recommendations on a recent trip to the Big Island, and each and every one was spot on. Da Poke Shack, Big Island Grill, Kona Brewing, Waikoloa Kings' Shops Farmers Market, and Cafe Full of excellent recommendations for things to do, places to eat and drink, and places to stay, Lonely Planet Hawaii is an excellent guidebook. Interestingly, the recommendations match those of locals that I know, which is definitely not always the case with other guidebooks. I used the book primarily for restaurant recommendations on a recent trip to the Big Island, and each and every one was spot on. Da Poke Shack, Big Island Grill, Kona Brewing, Waikoloa Kings' Shops Farmers Market, and Cafe Pesto are all worth return visits. As a craft beer enthusiast, I had never even heard of Big Island Brewhaus, but enjoyed it enough to bring some bottles back to the mainland in my suitcase. As a librarian, I do struggle with the indexing of LP guides at times. In trying to locate the entry for Anaeho'omalu Bay Beach I could not simply look in the As in alphabetical order. I had to figure out that beaches are clustered in three separate categories: beaches, beach parks, and surf beaches & breaks A-Bay is a beach park, BTW). As a person who's willing to drive as bit for a great meal, I also wish restaurants were indexed alphabetically: since they are not, the reader needs to know where a particular place is in order to read about it since restaurants are listed geographically with some fine breakdowns (separate sections for Waikoloa, Kohala Mountain Road, Waimea, etc.). However, the indexing quibbles are minor given the wealth of information presented in a breezy, accessible style, which seems especially appropriate for Hawaii. Mahalo, Lonely Planet. (Full disclosure: I went to high school with coordinating author Sara Benson.)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tracey Allen at Carpe Librum

    Earlier this year, I waited to purchase the latest copy (2016 version) of Lonely Planet Hawaii by Sara Benson and Amy Balfour in preparation for my holiday and first-time visit to the country. Reading zealously with sticky notes and flags over the course of a few months, it took me a while to understand the layout and approach to this travel guide. My first impressions were that the layout was a little haphazard, until coming to the realisation that the book was organised by island, not by activi Earlier this year, I waited to purchase the latest copy (2016 version) of Lonely Planet Hawaii by Sara Benson and Amy Balfour in preparation for my holiday and first-time visit to the country. Reading zealously with sticky notes and flags over the course of a few months, it took me a while to understand the layout and approach to this travel guide. My first impressions were that the layout was a little haphazard, until coming to the realisation that the book was organised by island, not by activity. This means if you're interested in sea turtles, you have to look at references for sea turtles on every island. Finally, the free map at the end of the book was a complete waste of paper. The free maps in the Waikiki Trolley brochure were a much better resource when out and about in Honolulu and Waikiki. Lonely Planet Hawaii was a logical place to begin my research, but in the end, I found my online research to be more useful this time around.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Audra

    This was wonderful. It gave me history, etiquette along with places to see and things to do.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    Full of excellent recommendations on things to do/ places to eat while visiting Hawaii!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lucia

    Helpful and very clever guide as much as others from LP.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Chris Craddock

    Here Today, Gone to Maui I heard about all the pretty girls With their grass skirts down to their knees All my life I wanted to see The island called Hawaii Ever since I heard The Beachboys' song, "Hawaii," by Brian Douglas Wilson and Mike E. Love, I have wanted to go visit Hawaii. This song came out in 1963, but even before that, there was a TV show called Hawaiian Eye (1959-1963). It was about a private eye who worked on Hawaii. The theme song was pretty catchy, as it had bongos galore, and the hoo Here Today, Gone to Maui I heard about all the pretty girls With their grass skirts down to their knees All my life I wanted to see The island called Hawaii Ever since I heard The Beachboys' song, "Hawaii," by Brian Douglas Wilson and Mike E. Love, I have wanted to go visit Hawaii. This song came out in 1963, but even before that, there was a TV show called Hawaiian Eye (1959-1963). It was about a private eye who worked on Hawaii. The theme song was pretty catchy, as it had bongos galore, and the hook, in fact, the entire lyric, was just the name of the show followed by the word "land." Then a bongo cha cha cha riff. "Hawaiian Iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis-land." The opening sequence was pretty racy with wahines hula dancing, tikis, and beach torches blazing. In 1968 there was another exciting theme song for Hawaii Five-O, starring Jack Lord. The theme song was by The Ventures, and the series ran for 12 seasons, until 1980. It is even back on television now, with a reboot version. Though the ukuleles of Hawaii were calling me, I somehow resisted their siren song, though my younger brother, "Kevin Eleven," went there and made quite a name for himself as a beach comber, wind surfing instructor, and lady killer. His exploits were legen--wait for it--dary. He even had a pineapple cheeseburger named after him. Today, both he and my older brother Don--the Big Kahuna himself--park their surfboards there on the island called Maui. I don't know when, but someday soon I will cross over the Pacific Ocean and see them. And when I do, the lonely planet guide to Hawaii will be indispensable. Kevin Eleven reports on various celebrities he sees there, such as Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson, and Willie Nelson. "Wowie," they must say to themselves, "this place IS the fabled Shangri La." Willie likes to hang out at a local spot and jam with his Reggae Band. There is another pub owned by Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood called Fleetwoods on Front Street in Lahaina. Every day at sunset there is a ceremonial lighting of the Tiki Torches followed by a bagpipe serenade by a piper in full Scottish regalia including kilt. If Mick is on the island, they fly a red flag. The lonely planet guide to Hawaii confirms my brothers report. It also has tips on places like Bounty Music in Maui, a great place to shop for Ukuleles. There are actually eight islands that make up the state of Hawaii, and this guidebook breaks itself into sections for each island, as well as sections covering topics of general interest. The sections are marked with convenient blue tabs so you can easily find them while hanging ten, or in my brother's case, eleven, off the end of your surfboard. In the front there is a map that shows the islands and has the page numbers where each section begins. More than just a list of locations to visit, there are also lots of helpful tips for the traveler. There is a Survival Guide, with the basics of transportation and accommodations, along with other matters of dire concern. There is a glossary of Hawaiian words, and even tips on what sorts of electric sockets you might encounter. There is a lot of invaluable information to the traveler packed into its 680 pages approximately, as well as a pull out map and links to further online resources. Sara Benson was the Coordinating Author, and her crew of Amy C. Balfour and Adam Karlin bring up the rear. To Sara, Amy and Adam I say, "mahalo nui loa." Aloha nui loa.

  7. 5 out of 5

    John Bruning

    At the end of the day, a guidebook is a guidebook--some of the recommendations may differ, but it's the same place. What I appreciated most about the Lonely Planet guide is the honest and comprehensive treatment of Hawaii's long and tumultuous history, describing the sovereignty movement and taking a progressive look at the history of colonization, quite openly implying opposition to colonialism and the historical and present treatment of native Hawaiians. If you're like me and want to learn abo At the end of the day, a guidebook is a guidebook--some of the recommendations may differ, but it's the same place. What I appreciated most about the Lonely Planet guide is the honest and comprehensive treatment of Hawaii's long and tumultuous history, describing the sovereignty movement and taking a progressive look at the history of colonization, quite openly implying opposition to colonialism and the historical and present treatment of native Hawaiians. If you're like me and want to learn about the history and politics of the place you're visiting, then this book will suit you well.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Brandy

    Bought this one when the Lonely Planet Kauai guide wasn't available before leaving on our quick 3-day trip to Kauai - provided a nice overview, restaurant recommendations were spot-on, and we'll be able to use it again for our future trips to other islands. Plus, I think this is actually more recently updated than the Kauai guide, so win-win! Bought this one when the Lonely Planet Kauai guide wasn't available before leaving on our quick 3-day trip to Kauai - provided a nice overview, restaurant recommendations were spot-on, and we'll be able to use it again for our future trips to other islands. Plus, I think this is actually more recently updated than the Kauai guide, so win-win!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Craig

    This offered some suggestions that helped me get a feel for the offerings. In the end, I found the feedback of people that have been a little more directly helpful. As a guide book to help you get started, this is probably about right for a beginning.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Allie Jo Dreadfulwater

    Out of all of the guidebooks that I have followed, this one was one of the most least descriptive. Quite hard to follow without a GPS unit. Could have been more descriptive at mile markers, times and days of openings and closures. Would not recommend for Big Island travel.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ivy

    First Lonely Planet I have read on the Kindle and it was great because I could easily search and bookmark/highlight items. Everyone knows I am a big LP fan and this edition did not disappoint.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Brian Lueck

    I found this to be a decent guidebook, but I preferred the Hawaii "Revealed" series. I found this to be a decent guidebook, but I preferred the Hawaii "Revealed" series.

  13. 4 out of 5

    David

    Fine, lonely planet standard. Will find out in a month how useful it is

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mojca

    4 ½ - 5 stars

  15. 4 out of 5

    Cath Cole

    A sculpture guide to th Islands

  16. 4 out of 5

    George

    I'll revisit this one when i plan my next trip to Kuaui and Oahu! I'll revisit this one when i plan my next trip to Kuaui and Oahu!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Custer

    Definitely worth reading before and during a trip to hawaii.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Bill

  19. 4 out of 5

    Markus

  20. 5 out of 5

    Anthony Layne

  21. 5 out of 5

    Steve L. Mitchell

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Davies

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nick

  24. 4 out of 5

    Bettina

  25. 5 out of 5

    Marla Enuton

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rob

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jeanette Webb

  28. 5 out of 5

    jennet wheatstonelllsl

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

  30. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Bogdanich

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