Hawaii The Big Island Revealed: The Ultimate Guidebook

Hawaii The Big Island Revealed: The Ultimate Guidebook

by Andrew Doughty


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780996131827
Publisher: Wizard Publications
Publication date: 08/01/2016
Pages: 316
Sales rank: 28,872
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Andrew Doughty has been exploring and writing about the Hawaiian Islands for many years and is the best-selling guidebook writer in the United States, with millions of books in print. Andrew reviews every business anonymously and has hiked and GPSed every trail, secluded beach and special place described in his books. When he's not on the ground, you'll find him in the air in his airplane designed specifically for aerial photography.

Table of Contents



How It Began

The First Settlers

Outside World Discovers Hawai'i

Kamehameha the Great

Modern Hawai'i


Getting Here

What to Bring

Getting Around

Getting Married on the Big Island


Planning Your Trip

Where Should I Stay?


So is Hawai'i an Island or a State?


Traveling With Children (Keiki)

The People

Some Terms

Hawaiian Time


The Hawaiian Language

The Hula

A Note About Access

A Note on Personal Responsibility

Miscellaneous Information

A Word About Driving Tours

Farmers Markets

Find Us Online

Smartphone App


Up Highway 190 From Kailua-Kona

Kohala Mountain Road

North Shore of Kohala

Pololu Valley

Mo'okini Heiau

Lapakahi State Historical Park


Kohala Resort Area

Kohala Lava Desert Area

Kohala's Best Bets


Around Downtown Kailua-Kona

Elsewhere Along Alii Drive

Up Mauka of Kailua-Kona

South of Kailua-Kona

Kealakekua Bay

Pu'uhonua o Honaunau (Place of Refuge)

Kailua-Kona's Best Bets


South Point

Past South Point


Will I Get to See Lava Flowing?

The Scene

A Few Basics

Hiking in The Park

Around Kilauea Crater

Down Chain of Craters Road

Outside The Park Entrance

The Town of Volcano


Around Hilo Town

Heading South On Highway 11

Exploring Puna

Hilo & Puna's Best Bets


Leaving Hilo Behind


Waipi'o Valley

Old Mamalahoa Highway


Parker Ranch

Hamakua & Waimea's Best Bets


Ascending the Saddle

Mauna Kea

Driving up to Mauna Kea

Mauna Loa

Approaching Hilo


Beach Safety

Kohala Beaches

Near Kona Beaches

South Island Beaches

East Side Beaches


Air Tours



Boat Tours

Boogie Boarding






Horseback Riding

Jet Skiing






Snow Skiing






Whale Watching



Manta Ray Night Dive

Mauna Ulu Crater

Marathon Snorkel to Papawai Bay

Jump Off the End of the World

Close Encounter With Dolphins

Boulder-hop to a Waterfall

Explore Untamed Lava Tubes

Lose Yourself in Waimanu Valley

Command Your Own Boat

Honokane Nui Hike


Hike to Flowing Lava


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


Cocktail & Dinner Cruises




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Hawaii the Big Island Revealed 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 50 reviews.
KYBoy More than 1 year ago
We loved this book. It's mile-marker by mile-marker review of the Big Island was invaluable. We found all of the places as noted with some literary bon mots along the way. But this is the book the Hawaii residents love to hate for two reasons -- the authors may be a bit free with other people's property rights, so if you're reading cross-country, really do pay attention to no trespassing signs. And second, they really do tell you some of the secrets of the island. It's as thoroughly researched as any static publication can be. We used it prior to our trip to make plans and multiple times daily while there touring the island. It was worth every penny we spent on it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We have been going to the Big Island for over 20 years and even though we are very familiar with what to do and where to stay, we love this series and always buy the updated edition. It keeps us up-to-date on changes in the restaurant scene and what new has opened up. The on-line birds-eye-photos of all the condos and resorts is a perfect way to determine if you have chosen a beach-front property or not. The list of activities is endless and the ratings and web-site links are helpful as well. Great photos make the guide very readable. While the author has been criticized for occasionally describing some somewhat dangerous activities, it seems that he has added warnings and the common sense on the part of a visitor should always prevail with any dealings with raw nature. There is lots to do on this truly "Big Island" and this guidebook certainly covers it all!
flowerdiva More than 1 year ago
we have taken 3 trips to this island. on the 3rd we acquired this book. Dont know how we did it without this book. would've made past trips much easier for sure. The details given in this book are extremely helpful, and accurate. best beaches,snorkel spots, adventures, and hidden areas even some locals don't know about. if you are going to the big island you need this book. It was a tremendous help getting around the island since there is so much to do.Also if you like to do water activities this book nails it. it helped us to spots we did'nt even explore before,but now wished we had.Whats great is the writer has actually explored everything he writes about in the book which is helpful as well, knowing someone has tried it.
colonialpenny More than 1 year ago
I had visited the Big Island of Hawaii at least 6 times, had never bought a travel book, but this book appeared to be more interesting and comprehensive then most. I'm pleased to report that it was all of the above, and more, and we used the book for some of our driving tours around the Island. Even some of the locals said that the author included information that they really didn't want known. This is a perfect travel book for visitations to the "BIG ISLAND".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have all the Big Island travel books This one is the best with the most accurate information. I have used the hard copy for my last three trips to the Big Island. I now have the Nook version for this years trip. It is almost as good. It will be easier to take along. I plan to get the Nook version of my other books. It will make my suitcase a little lighter.
texlin More than 1 year ago
We've traveled to various Hawaii islands for over 25 years and I can confirm this is the best tour book.  Their information is very accurate and the internet site  is excellent.
Thomas_Smith More than 1 year ago
This book should be a must-have for any big island vacation. The author reveals LOTS of hidden gems that can't be found in any other guidebook. It tells you the best places to go, and who to go to for everything from snorkeling to snow skiing. This book shows you how to get to hidden waterfalls, secluded beaches, beautiful trails and overlooks, and many other hidden treasures. It is written by a resident of the island who has gone to all the beaches, walked all the trails, eaten at all the restaurants, driven on all the roads, and stayed at all the hotels, helping you to separate the good from the bad. The maps and directions are very easy to use, so easy to use, in fact, that a twelve-year-old planned and guided our trip, and it turned out great! This book proved to be an indispensible part of our Hawaiian vacation, and I hope it will be for yours, too!
nut4travel More than 1 year ago
I have been a frequent visitor to Hawaii and thought I knew a lot, but boy was I wrong! This series rocks. The only thing I don't like is that the snorkeling section is combined with the beaches. Great honest restuarant reviews by authors who actually live in the state and don't take money to be in the books from the places they review like other guide books. Indepth, honest, funny....I can go on & on. The only guide books you will ever need. Found one of my favorite restuarants by trying a "ONO" and have been back time & time again for yummy Japanese food. Would have never gone in there without the review.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My husband and I used this book for our honeymoon. We had bought a couple of different travel books, but this one was the best. Directions were DETAILED - the author even gave mile markers to help with directions. Great advice on where to get snorkle gear. We had a wonderful honeymoon due to this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Big Island Revealed was very out of date. The phone numbers were wrong and there has been more construction since it was written so we couldn't access the places they mention. Closed to Public signs were predominantly posted.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is probably the best guide to the Big Island currently in print. The authors include great maps, honest opinions, and great detail not found elsewhere. Every aspect of your trip is covered in the books, from the sites to see and avoid, the restaurants to hit, the best hotels, camping options, and island history. This book covers a wide range of recommendations to cover every type of traveler from the luxury $1000 per night tourist to the canvas tent hiker will find useful info. More than anything, while realizing how much of Hawaii is truly still hidden to you in the almost uninhabitable reaches of the jungles and volcanic residues, you'll still feel as though you're seeing as much of it as any outsider can see. Now for the bad. Because Doughty and Friedman live on the islands and have explored every hidden waterfall and pool, they are privy to spots on the islands that even many locals are unaware of. And naturally, many of the areas are located on private property. This however, doesn't seem to bother the writers. After giving a detailed description of how to access a remote waterfall on private property (stuff like, 'Park on the pull-off a few hundred yards after mile-marker 23, and scale the guardrail. You should see a path that winds down into a bamboo forest. At the bottom of the path, go *left*, not right, away from the river...' etc.), they follow it up with a limp disclaimer, like 'Technically, this is Hawaiian Forest and Game property, but we've been hiking on it for years without a problem...' The bottom line is that while the places they tell you to go are private and amazing, by definition these magnificent spots can't last. Because they've been revealed (as the book titles promise), a hidden location that may have previously had only a few dozen visitors per year now gets five or six visitors a day, thus destroying the serenity and privacy of the location, ruining what is the reason for going there in the first place. So it's somewhat of a self-defeating book, since by revealing these remote locations they are also condemning them to extinction. I recommend the guided tours of the jungle it will ensure the protection of the land. Remember to respect the land, protect Hawaii¿s natural beauty. Stay on marked trails in order to protect fragile vegetation. Keep off the coral reefs! You can look but do not touch, walk, or sit on the reefs. Many of the reefs are dying due to abuse of visitors. Respect the land. This guide with the guidance of the locals will ensure a great family vacation. Also visit the following sites Go Hawaii.com, Hawaii-country.com/parks, and wildernet.com/Hawaii/stateparks
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From the other side of the coin we want mainlanders to visit but respect our privacy. We love our island and this book doesn't come close to telling our real stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have bought the "blue book" for all the islands I've visited since 2005.I have found them extremely useful. Great advice on what to look out for. Detailed descriptions and directions. Companion website provides a comprehensive set of links. Easy and fun to read.
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