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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
On the surface very good, but upon closer look...
on May 29, 2007
This book seemed like a really good guide at the book store. It has lots of pictures to accompany travel recommendations. It also lists the best beaches, waterfalls, islands, and hikes on Oahu which I thought was a nice touch. However, trying to use the guidebook to visit these places left my husband and I confused and frustrated. The information is not organized well... important data that you'd like placed within one paragraph - for example about a particular hike - is strewed throughout a chapter. Information about length of trails is inconsistent and sometimes wrong! (Ended up taking my old parents on a six mile hike that was listed as 2.5 mi.) The names of places on maps do not match the way they are listed in their respective chapters. Parks that have been long closed (Sacred Falls) are listed as recommended places to go.
This book is a good concept and has the potential to be a superb guide book if the information was reorganized AND updated. My husband and I use it to get suggestions on places to go, and then use the Internet to back up our facts about directions, distances, and general information. Don't use this book alone!