About the Authors
- For Dummies Travel guides are the ultimate user-friendly trip planners, combining the broad appeal and time-tested features of the For Dummies series with up-to-the-minute advice and information from the experts at Frommer’s.
- Our authors make sure that you'll truly experience the spirit of aloha. With Hawaii for Dummies in hand, you'll know where to find secluded beaches; the best outfitters to choose for everything from diving to deep-sea fishing; and where to find the top galleries and shops.
- Inside you'll also find extensive coverage of the best hotels for every budget; information on where to sip a mai tai or a cup of Kona Joe; and valuable advice on finding the best airfares and package deals. Whether you want to watch the fiery spectacle at the Big Island's volcano, play a challenging round of golf, snorkel with sea turtles, or simply kick back to watch the sunset, this guide will help you find your island paradise.
Cheryl Farr Leas may live on the mainland, but she’s a Hawaii girl at heart. She fell in love with Diamond Head, aloha wear, and mai tais in 1994 and has had trouble staying away ever since. Whenever she’s not in the islands, she and her husband, Rob, make their home in Phoenix, Arizona, where they love to hike the desert mountains with their German Shepherd, Caleb.
Before embarking on a writing career, Cheryl served as senior editor at Macmillan Travel (now Wiley), where she edited the Frommer’s Hawaii travel guides for the better part of the 1990s.
John Rosenthal is a Contributing Editor at National Geographic Traveler
and has written about destinations around the globe for publications like The New York Times, The Washington Post, Conde Nast Traveler,
and the San Francisco Chronicle.
He’s also a regular contributor to Bing Travel. He makes his home in Santa Monica, California, but regularly requires a good dose of Hawaii whenever the Los Angeles traffic gets to be too much.
Part I: Introducing Hawaii 5
Chapter 1: Discovering the Best of Hawaii 7
Chapter 2: Digging Deeper into Hawaii 17
Chapter 3: Deciding Where and When to Go 23
Chapter 4: Managing Your Money 45
Part II: Planning Your Trip to Hawaii 57
Chapter 5: Getting to Hawaii 59
Chapter 6: Getting Around Hawaii 68
Chapter 7: Booking Your Accommodations 74
Chapter 8: Catering to Special Travel Needs or Interests 82
Chapter 9: Taking Care of the Remaining Details 91
Part III: Honolulu and the Rest of Oahu 99
Chapter 10: Settling into Oahu 101
Chapter 11: Exploring Oahu 162
Part IV: Maui 211
Chapter 12: Settling into Maui 213
Chapter 13: Exploring Maui 268
Part V: Hawaii, the Big Island 315
Chapter 14: Settling into the Big Island 317
Chapter 15: Exploring the Big Island 368
Part VI: Kauai 417
Chapter 16: Settling into Kauai 419
Chapter 17: Exploring Kauai 464
Part VII: The Part of Tens 497
Chapter 18: Ten Ways to Lose the Tourist Trappings and
Look Like a Local 499
Chapter 19: Ten Easy Steps to Island Dining 506
Chapter 20: Ten Ways to Enjoy Island Romance 513
Appendix: Quick Concierge 516