Unofficial Guide(R) to Hawaii, 3rd Edition

Unofficial Guide(R) to Hawaii, 3rd Edition


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Unofficial Guide(R) to Hawaii, 3rd Edition by Rick Carroll, Marcie Carroll, Betty ShimaBukuro

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.

The Top 5 Ways The Unofficial Guide® to Hawaii Can Help You Have the Perfect Trip:

  1. A complete guide to exploring the islands, including the best beaches, scenic drives, and rain forest walks
  2. The inside story on shopping for aloha shirts, local art, and Hawaiian music
  3. How to discover truly authentic Hawaiian culture, with tips on enjoying Hawaiian regional cuisine
  4. The best places to golf, hike, dive, snorkel, and surf
  5. Proven strategies for getting the best hotel rates, plus tips on enjoying Hawaii with kids

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764541926
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 03/08/2004
Series: Unofficial Guides Series
Edition description: REV
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Rick Carroll, author of many Hawaii books, is the creator of the bestselling Hawaii’s Best Spooky Tales Series. A former daily journalist at the San Francisco Chronicle, Carroll wrote award-winning travel and feature stories about Hawaii and the Pacific for the Honolulu Advertiser and United Press International. He is contributing editor to Hawaii Magazine. His stories appear on the Internet at His new book, Madame Pele True Encounters with Hawaii’s Fire Goddess, celebrates Pele’s 20-year tantrum at Kilauea Volcano, the world’s longest continuous eruption, still underway.

Marcie Rasmussen Carroll, freelance travel writer and former communications director for the Hawaii Convention and Visitors Bureau, wrote political, environmental, and other news for the San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury-News, and UPI in Atlanta. She was a Journalism Fellow in Asian studies at University of Hawaii and in energy studies at Stanford University.
Together, the Carrolls, who moved to Windward Oahu in 1983, collected and edited the anthology Travelers Tales Hawaii: True Stories of the Island Spirit, which one reviewer praised as “the best collection of contemporary Hawaii travel stories.” They are the authors of this extensively revised and rewritten third edition of the Unofficial Guide to Hawaii.

Betty ShimaBukuro, who updated the dining chapter for this edition, is the food editor at the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, a job that encompasses everything from good home cooking, to mom-and-pop ethnic restaurants, to the finest in Hawaii Regional Cuisine. After a long journalism career that has included a dozen different news beats, she considers this to be the best gig in town.

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