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Hawaii’s islands are diverse and there are lots of different things to do. These guides can help you get on your way with planning. We have listed several travel books and travel guides that can help you around. Our overview includes the standard big publications such as Lonely Planet as well as Frommer’s but also travel books for kids.

Not only do we have tips on what books to read before you go to Hawaii, we also know the best time to travel as well as the best tours and excursions.

What makes this guide unique and our number one tip? It is written by locals and is the perfect guidebook for all travelers looking for insider tips. This Hawaii Travel book includes tips and tricks for your visit to Oahu, Mauii, Waikiki and much more.The book comes with detailed maps and descriptions.

Lonely Planet is the most well known travel book brand. Regardless of the destination, Lonely Planet offers quality descriptions for travellers on both a budget as well as for travellers that can afford more luxury. Lonely Planet Hawaii is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Learn to surf or lie in the sun on a sugary tropical beach, hike across ancient lava flows and up craggy peaks, or curve down Maui’s lushest coast on the Road to Hana; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Hawaii and begin your journey now!

Lonely Planet Hawaii includes full-color maps and images, highlights and iteneraries as well as insider tips.

For me, the only way to understand the culture and behaviour of the local population, is when you read upon the history. Capitve Paradise: A History of Hawaii allows you to quickly dive into a colourful history that dates back to the 4th century when the first humans arrived on the islands. This book focuses on the modern history of Hawaii since it was ‘discovered’ by Captain Cook in the late 18th century.

James L. Haley’s Captive Paradise is the story of King Kamehameha I, The Conqueror, who unified the islands through terror and bloodshed, but whose dynasty succumbed to inbreeding; of Gilded Age tycoons like Claus Spreckels who brilliantly outmaneuvered his competitors; of firebrand Lorrin Thurston, who was determined that Hawaii be ruled by whites; of President McKinley, who presided over the eventual annexation of the islands. Not for decades has there been such a vibrant and compelling portrait of an extraordinary place and its people.

This is the most up-to-date guide that we could find. Frommer’s Hawaii 2020 covers all the major Hawaiian islands, and takes you from world-famous beaches to secluded rain-forests and everywhere in between. Frommer’s hires expert authors―both journalists who specialize in Hawaii―know every inch of the islands and they’re not afraid to tell the truth. With their reliable, straight-shooting advice, you’ll be snorkeling in palm-fringed lagoons, catching the sunrise over a soaring volcano, relaxing on postcard-ready beaches, and experiencing Hawaii’s rich cultural traditions and innovative regional cuisine―everything you need for an unforgettable trip. 

Frommer’s Hawaii 2020 includes full color maps, detailed itineraries as well as suggestions for authentic experiences that honor Hawaii’s diverse cultural traditions, food and customs. Also, which is good for travelers on a budget, this edition includes money-saving tips and exact pricing as well as tips for luxury travelers.

This edition is a bit older but still offers everything you want in a travel book: expert advice, insider tips, and the cultural feel of each destination not easily found online. These guides are ideal for today’s experiential travel enthusiasts who want an authentic, enriching immersion. Hopping from one dazzling Hawaiian island to the next–beginning on Oahu with Honolulu, Waikiki Beach, Diamond Head, North Shore, and more.

Don’t forget the kids when you are traveling as a family. This book helps you explain to your kids where you are going while also keeping them engaged. This book includes information the history, natural environment, and places on the following Hawaiian Islands: Kauai, Oahu, Maui, and the Big Island. Not only are there fun facts in this book, but also activities for kids to do on almost every page. Need something to occupy them while out to eat? Pull this out, read about what you’ll seeing next, and then hand it over and watch them play and color. There are also journal pages where they can draw and/or write about the things they are doing, seeing, and eating along the way creating a keepsake that they can look back on for years.

Great for ages 4 – 10 though people of all ages will learn so much! The 8.5×11 book is paperback, making it lightweight enough to easily pack in a suitcase!

This book is for the hikers going to Hawaii. Hawaii is more than high-end resorts, luaus, and hula dancers. Its vast reaches of undeveloped land―from wonderful seaside hikes to more challenging adventures along rugged mountains, past waterfalls and volcanoes, and even throughdeserts and swamps―are ripe for outdoor experiences. Describing fifteen to twenty hikes on each of the state’s four main islands, this guidebook covers the best of the best, with a range of hikes to suit all tastes and hiking abilities.

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