Hawaii, The Big Island Revealed: The Ultimate Guidebook

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The finest guidebook ever written for the Big Island. Now you can plan your best vacation--ever. This all new seventh edition is a candid, humorous guide to everything there is to see and do on the Big Island. Best-selling author and longtime Hawai'i resident, Andrew Doughty, unlocks the secrets of an island so vast and diverse that many visitors never realize all that it has to offer. Explore with him as he reveals breathtaking trails, secluded beaches, pristine reefs, delicious places to dine, relaxing ...
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Overview


The finest guidebook ever written for the Big Island. Now you can plan your best vacation--ever. This all new seventh edition is a candid, humorous guide to everything there is to see and do on the Big Island. Best-selling author and longtime Hawai'i resident, Andrew Doughty, unlocks the secrets of an island so vast and diverse that many visitors never realize all that it has to offer. Explore with him as he reveals breathtaking trails, secluded beaches, pristine reefs, delicious places to dine, relaxing resorts, an active volcano and so much more. Every restaurant, activity provider, business and resort is reviewed personally and anonymously. This book and a rental car are all you need to discover what makes the Big Island so exciting.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Succeeded in telling us everything there is to know about traveling on the island of Hawaii...this book is essential reading..." Library Journal

"A colorful book--covers it all. I was pleased by the numerous little tips that can make a trip more pleasant." The San Diego Union-Tribune

"Superbly researched and easy-to-read reference... It's jammed with details and maps." Houston Chronicle

"The best guidebook [to the Big Island]. Every nook and cranny is explored by a longtime resident." Conde Nast Traveler

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780983888741
  • Publisher: Wizard Publications
  • Publication date: 12/15/2013
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 311
  • Sales rank: 326
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents


ABOUT THIS BOOK

INTRODUCTION

How it Began

The First Settlers

Outside World Discovers Hawai'i

Kamehameha the Great

Modern Hawai'i

THE BASICS

Getting Here

What to Bring

Getting Around

Getting Married on the Big Island

Weather

Planning Your Trip

Geography

So is Hawai'i an Island or a State?

Hazards

Traveling With Children (Keiki)

The People

Some Terms

Hawaiian Time

Shaka

The Hawaiian Language

Music

The Hula

A Note About Access

A Note on Personal Responsibility

Miscellaneous Information

A Word About Driving Tours

Farmers' Markets

Books

iPhone App

The Internet

KOHALA SIGHTS

Up Highway 190 from Kailua-Kona

Kohala Mountain Road

North Shore of Kohala

Pololu Valley

Mo'okini Heiau

Lapakahi State Historical Park

Kawaihae

Kohala Resort Area

Kohala Lava Desert Area

Kohala Shopping

Kohala's Best Bets

KAILUA-KONA SIGHTS

Around Downtown Kailua-Kona

Elsewhere Along Alii Drive

Up Mauka of Kailua-Kona

South of Kailua-Kona

Kealakekua Bay & Place of Refuge

Kailua-Kona Shopping

Kailua-Kona's Best Bets

SOUTH ISLAND SIGHTS

South Point

VOLCANO SIGHTS

Will I Get to See Lava Flowing?

The Scene

A Few Basics

Around Kilauea Crater

Down Chain of Craters Road

Hiking in the Park

Outside the Park Entrance

The Town of Volcano

HIL0 & PUNA SIGHTS

Around Hilo Town

Heading South on Highway 11

Exploring Puna

Hilo Shopping

Hilo & Puna's Best Bets

HAMAKUA & WAIMEA SIGHTS

Leaving Hilo Behind

Honoka'a

Waipi'o Valley

Old Mamalahoa Highway

Waimea

Parker Ranch

Hamakua & Waimea Shopping

Hamakua & Waimea's Best Bets

SADDLE ROAD SIGHTS

Mauna Kea

Driving up to Mauna Kea

Mauna Loa

Approaching Hilo

BEACHES

Beach Safety

Kohala Beaches

Near Kona Beaches

South Island Beaches

East Side Beaches

ACTIVITIES

ATVs

Biking

Boogie Boarding

Camping

Caving

Fishing

Golfing

(Powered) Hang Gliders

Helicopters / Airplanes

Hiking

Horseback Riding

Jet Skiing

Kayaking

Ocean Tours

Parasailing

SCUBA

Snorkeling

Snow Skiing

SNUBA

Spas

Stargazing

Submarines

Surfing

Tennis

Whale Watching

Windsurfing / Kitesurfing

Ziplines

ADVENTURES

Manta Ray Night Dive

Mauna Ulu Crater

Marathon Snorkel to Papawai Bay

Rain Forest Hike to Pu'u 'O'o Vent

Jump Off the End of the World

Close Encounter With a Dolphin

Boulder-hop to a Waterfall

Lose Yourself in Waimanu Valley

Command Your Own Boat

Honokane Nui Hike

Hike to Flowing Lava

ISLAND DINING

Island Fish & Seafood

Lu'au Foods

Other Island Foods

Kailua-Kona Dining

South of Kailua-Kona Dining

Kohala Dining

Waimea Dining

Hilo Dining

Dining Elsewhere

Island Nightlife

Lu'au

Dinner Cruises

Island Dining Best Bets

WHERE TO STAY

Rental Agents

Hotels

Condos

Bed & Breakfasts

Where Should I Stay?

Where are the Rest?

Kohala

Kailua-Kona

Hilo Area

Volcano Village

Waimea

Northern Tip of the Island

Southeast Part of the Island

Honoka'a

INDEX

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Preface


Hawaii The Big Island Revealed, 7th edition
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2014

    Good information

    This is a great reference book for anyone visiting the Big Island. Places to visit and places to avoid.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2014

    Love all the "Revealed" books

    Going to visit the Big Island in a couple months and NEED this book. Must have travel companion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2005

    Forget all others

    There is not enough space to write all the praises for this book. Of all the books we have on the big island of Hawaii this is the ONLY one to have. The writers have a great sense of humor and it shows in their writting style. For the most part it is user friendly. We were rather skeptical about restaurants reviewed but after reviewing our results, we recognized that they were right on. Descriptions regarding historic sites, topography, and beaches again, they could not have been more accurate. I am throwing away all my other Hawaii books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2004

    This is the only Guidebook you'll need!

    I loved this guidebook. It directed us around the island, allowing us to see as much as we could in 3 quick days. It was like having a trusted travel companion with you who was very familiar and had great suggestions. This is really the only guidebook you'll need on the Big Island. I wish I had bought the Maui book too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2004

    Worth it's weight in Gold!!

    We went to Hawaii on our belated honeymoon. Prior to going I bought three of these same books in this series, one for Hawaii, one for Maui, and one for Kauai. And let me tell you they were worth their weight in GOLD!!! We saw so many things that were off of the beaten track it was amazing! Just for an example we had several waterfalls all to ourselves, nobody even knew they were there, unless of course they also had this book! Not only that but their reviews of the hotels and all activities in and around the Islands, and their website was absolutely fantastic! If you are planning on going to the Islands of Hawaii, DEFINITELY GET THIS BOOK!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2004

    5 Stars

    You only need one book when you are on the Big Island and this is the ONE! We discovered so many beautiful secrets on the island because of this book..and the directions given are the most accurate. I think word of this book is catching on because we ran into a number of couples who were carrying it around...their Hawaiian Bible. Don't hesitate!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2004

    Very Honest Opinions

    When I usually look at a travel book, I feel that the reviewer is a stuffy person who has to be very impressed or he/she will slam it. The authors of this book evaluate the site, restaurant or lodging with their own opinion, but down to earth. When I read this book, I feel that they are talking to me as an acquaintance. They do not hold back punches and will tell you to just skip something if they feel it is not worth it. On the other side, they may say they like something and tell you why. . This allows you to see where they are coming from. They were the most part¿ right on. This is a must-have book for your visit to the Big Island. My wife had it with her all the time. When seeing something on our road trips, we would refer the ¿Blue Book¿ and see if it was worth it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2004

    Honest, valuable guide book

    Great descriptions of the different parts, coasts of Hawaii, with plenty information both for the must see and the off the beaten track sights, activities. Always enternaining and insightful and full of information, if occasionally a little chaotic. Camp site section should be re-evaluated, though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2003

    A Must Have If You are Going to Hawaii

    This book redefined my definition of a good guide book. It is amazingly well layed out, easy to use with good insite. You feel like you are getting advise from a friend as you read through the book choosing a place to eat, or snorkle, or what trails to hike. Get it and you will not be disapointed.

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