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The Rough Guide to Hawaii


The Rough Guide to Hawaii is the definitive handbook to one of the world's most glamorous vacation spots. Features include:

Full-color section introducing Hawaii's highlights.

Vivid accounts of each of the six major islands: Oahu, the Big Island, Maui, Lanai, Molokai, and Kauai.

In-depth reviews of hundreds of resorts, hotel, restaurants, and nightlife options, to suit every ...

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The Rough Guide to Hawaii is the definitive handbook to one of the world's most glamorous vacation spots. Features include:

Full-color section introducing Hawaii's highlights.

Vivid accounts of each of the six major islands: Oahu, the Big Island, Maui, Lanai, Molokai, and Kauai.

In-depth reviews of hundreds of resorts, hotel, restaurants, and nightlife options, to suit every taste and budget.

Expert advice on how to explore Hawaii's dramatic landscapes up close -- its explosive volcanoes, idyllic beaches, steep sea cliffs, and lush rainforests -- plus all the hiking and ocean sports coverage you'll need.

Maps and plans covering every island.

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Editorial Reviews

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Well-researched and impeccably written, the Rough Guides are a great choice for anyone seeking to be an informed, prepared traveler. Due to the fantastic essays, the Rough Guides are as much fun for armchair travelers as they are for those actually on the road. Each edition comes with detailed maps, in-depth essays on the history and culture of each destination, a wide range of lodging options, and recommendations for off-the-beaten-path places to visit. The special attention paid to the writing is a boon for travelers, most of whom find themselves reading the guide cover to cover instead of just looking up their specific itineraries.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848365292
  • Publisher: Rough Guides, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/17/2011
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 432,567
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Greg Ward is an established travel writer and expert on the islands of Hawaii. He has worked for Rough Guides since 1985 and has also written and updated Rough Guides to Honolulu, Maui, Big Island, Southwest USA and Las Vegas.
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Table of Contents

Color section i
Country map ii
Where to go vi
When to go ix
34 things not to miss xiii
Basics 7
Getting there 9
Inter-island travel 14
Red tape and visas 15
Information, websites, and maps 16
Insurance 18
Costs, money, and banks 19
Getting around 20
Accommodation 23
Eating and drinking 25
Communications 28
The media 29
Entertainment, public holidays, and festivals 29
Ocean sports and beach safety 31
Hiking and camping 33
Sports 35
Shopping 38
Travelers with disabilities 39
Senior travelers 40
Gay and lesbian travelers 40
Directory 41
Guide 43
1 Oahu 45
Highlights 46
History 47
Transport 51
Accommodation 58
Waikiki and Waikiki Beach 66
Diamond Head 75
Downtown Honolulu 76
Chinatown 82
Waterfront Honolulu 84
Tantalus and Makiki Heights 88
Manoa Valley 92
The Pali Highway 93
Likelike Highway 95
Pearl Harbor 96
Restaurants 101
Entertainment and nightlife 109
Shopping 112
Kahala and Hawaii Kai 114
Hanauma Bay 114
Koko Head and Koko Crater 116
Halona Blowhole and Sandy Beach 117
Makapu'u Point 117
Waimanalo 118
Kailua 121
Kane'ohe 122
Kualoa Point and Mokoli'i 123
Kahana Valley 124
Hau'ula and Punalu'u 126
La'ie 127
Kahuku 129
'Aiea and Pearl City 130
Waipahu 131
Wahiawa 131
Hale'iwa 132
Waimea Bay 135
Waimea Valley Audubon Center 135
Pupukea 136
Sunset Beach 138
Ka'ena Point 139
Nanakuli 141
Wai'anae 142
Makaha 142
2 The Big Island 145
Highlights 146
History 150
Transport 152
Accommodation 153
Nightlife and entertainment 155
Kailua 156
Holualoa 167
Kealakekua Bay 170
Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park 174
Miloli'i 177
Kaloko-Honokohau National
Historic Park 178
Kekaha Kai State Park 181
Ka'upulehu 181
Waikoloa 184
Mauna Lani Resort 187
Waialea, Hapuna and Kauna'oa beaches 188
Kawaihae 190
Waimea 193
Hawi 201
Kapa'au 201
Pololu Valley 202
Hilo 203
Pepe'ekeo Scenic Drive 217
Akaka Falls 219
Laupahoehoe 221
Honoka'a 222
Kukuihaele 223
Waipi'o Valley 224
Mauna Kea 229
Puna 232
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park 236
Ka'u 256
3 Maui 263
Highlights 264
History 265
Transport 270
Accommodation 272
Watersports 273
Nightlife and entertainment 276
Lahaina 279
Ka'anapali 288
Kapalua 294
Kahekili Highway 298
Kahului 300
Wailuku 306
'Iao Valley 310
Ma'alaea 311
Kihei 314
Wailea and Makena 316
Makawao 327
Kula 329
Keokea 331
Haleakala 332
Pa'ia 344
The road to Hana 346
Wai'anapanapa State Park 350
Hana 351
'Ohe'o Gulch 356
Kipahulu 357
4 Lanai 361
Highlights 362
History 364
Transport 365
Accommodation 367
Nightlife and entertainment 367
Lana'i City 367
The Munro Trail 371
The Palawai Basin 373
Manele Bay 373
Hulopo'e Beach 374
Kaunolu 375
Shipwreck Beach 376
Kanepu'u Forest Preserve 378
Garden of the Gods 379
Polihua Beach 379
5 Molokai 381
Highlights 382
History 383
Transport 386
Accommodation 387
Watersports 388
Kaunakakai 389
Kawela 393
Kamalo 394
'Ili'ili'opae Heiau 394
Puko'o 395
Halawa Valley 397
Rainforest reserve 399
Kualapu'u 401
Ho'olehua 402
Mo'omomi Beach 402
Kala'e 403
Pala'au State Park 403
The Kalaupapa Peninsula 404
Maunaloa 410
Kaluako'i 412
6 Kauai 415
Highlights 416
History 417
Transport 422
Accommodation 424
Watersports 426
Nightlife and entertainment 429
Lihu'e 430
Wailua River 439
Wailua to Kapa'a 443
Nounou Mountain 450
Mount Wai'ale'ale 451
Anahola 453
Kilauea 455
Kalihiwai 456
'Anini Beach 458
Princeville 459
Hanalei 463
Lumaha'i Beach 468
Wainiha and Kepuhi 469
Limahuli Gardens 470
Ha'ena State Park 471
Na Pali coast 472
Koloa 480
Po'ipu 482
Kahili Mountain Park 489
Kalaheo 489
Hanapepe 491
Waimea 492
Waimea Canyon 497
Koke'e State Park 501
Contexts 511
A history of Hawaii 513
Ancient culture and society 525
The return of the voyagers 529
The Hawaiian environment 532
Mark Twain's Hawaii 537
Hawaii in the movies 541
Hula and Hawaiian music 543
Books 547
Language 553
Pronunciation 555
Glossary 556
Small print and Index 561
A rough guide to Rough Guides 562
Rough Guides credits 563
Publishing information 563
Help us update 563
Acknowledgments 564
Readers' letters 564
Photo credits 565
Full index 566
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