Unofficial Guide to Hawaii, 2nd Edition

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Overview

The Unofficial Guides are the "Consumer Reports" of travel guides, offering candid evaluations of their destinations' attractions, hotels, restaurants, shopping, nightlife, sports, and more, all rated and ranked by a team of unbiased inspectors so even the most compulsive planners can be sure they're spending their time and money wisely. Each guide addresses the needs of everyone from families to business travelers, with handy charts that demonstrate how each place stacks up against the competition. Plus, all the details are pulled out so they're extremely easy to scan.

In The Unofficial Guide to Hawaii you'll get the inside story on the islands' top attractions, such as Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the Polynesian Cultural Center, the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial, and more, plus tips on travel packages, beaches, adventure outings, and golf. All the major hotels, resorts, and restaurants are rated and ranked for value and quality, and we've explored all the details of Hawaiian nightlife, from luaus to the legendary Don Ho. Also includes:
* A complete guide to exploring the islands, including the best beaches, scenic drives, and rain forest walks
* The inside story on shopping for aloha shirts, local art, and Hawaiian music
* How to discover truly authentic Hawaiian culture, with tips on enjoying Hawaiian regional cuisine
* The best places to golf, hike, dive, snorkel, and surf
* Proven strategies for getting the best hotel rates, plus tips on enjoying Hawaii with kids

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764565700
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/15/2002
  • Series: Unofficial Guides Series , #15
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps.

About the Authors and Contributors.

Introduction.

Making the Most of Your Hawaiian Dream.

About This Guide.

Part One: Getting Acquainted with Hawai'i.

About the Aloha State.

Choosing Your Island.

The Islands by Zone.

A Brief History.

Hawai'i's Diverse Population.

Local Customs and Protocol.

Part Two: Planning Your Visit to Hawai'i.

Best Time to Go.

Gathering Information before You Leave.

Packing Wisely.

Getting to Hawai'i.

Car Rentals.

So Many Islands, So Little Time.

Suggestions for Special Travelers.

Tying the Knot.

Part Three: Lodging.

Where to Stay.

Getting a Good Deal on a Room.

Other Ways to Stay.

Hotels Rated and Ranked.

Hotel Profiles.

Part Four: Aloha! Welcome to Hawai'i.

When You Arrive.

Things the Locals Already Know.

Part Five: Getting around Hawai'i.

Transportation Considerations.

Public Transportation.

Part Six: Excursions.

Adventures on Your Own.

Cruising Hawai'i.

Other Touring Suggestions.

Tour Companies.

Part Seven: Hawai'i's Attractions.

Part Eight: Great Outdoors.

Hawai'i by Sea: Get Wet.

Hawai'i's Top Beaches.

Kayaking: Different Strokes.

Scuba: Dive, Dive, Dive.

Snorkeling: Exploring the Undersea World.

Surfing: Catch a Wave.

Windsurfing: Ride the Wind.

Charter Sportfishing: Reely Big Ones.

Whale-Watching.

Hawai'i by Land.

National and State Parks.

Camping in the Wilds.

Bicycling: Pedal Power.

Horseback Riding: Back in the Saddle.

Hawai'i by Sky.

Spas: For Your Health.

Golf: Tee Time.

Spectator Sports.

Part Nine: Dining in Hawai'i.

Experiencing Hawai'i's Multicultural Cuisine.

The Restaurants.

More Recommendations.

Restaurant Profiles.

Part Ten: Shopping.

Specialty Shopping.

Shopping Centers.

Swap Meets and Flea Markets.

Part Eleven: Entertainment and Nightlife.

Hawai'i Nightlife.

Performing Arts.

Dinner Shows.

Before- and After-Dinner Lounges.

Dance Clubs and Nightclubs.

Adult Entertainment.

Index.

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