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From the Back Cover

Frommer's. The best trips start here.

Experience a place the way the locals do. Enjoy the best it has to offer.

  • Insider tips from a Hawaii local on finding the best beaches, shopping, dining, nightlife, outdoor pursuits, and more.
  • Outspoken opinions on what's worth your time and what's not.

  • Exact prices, so you can plan the perfect trip whatever your budget.

  • Off-the-beaten-path experiences and undiscovered gems, plus new takes on top attractions.

About the Author

A resident of the Big Island, Jeanette Foster has skied the slopes of Mauna Kea––during a Fourth of July ski meet, no less––and has gone scuba diving with manta rays off the Kona Coast. A prolific writer widely published in travel, sports, and adventure magazines, she’s author of Frommer’s Hawaii 2008, Frommer’s Maui 2008, Frommer’s Kauai, Frommer’s Hawaii with Kids, Portable Big Island of Hawaii, Frommer’s Maui Day by Day and Frommer’s Honolulu & Oahu Day by Day. She’s also the editor of Zagat’s Survey to Hawaii’s Top Restaurants and the Hawaii chapter editor of 1,000 Places to See in the U.S.A. and Canada Before You Die.
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Product Details

  • Series: Frommer's Complete Guides (Book 366)
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: *Frommers; 10 edition (November 19, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470134828
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470134825
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,696,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 4, 2002
Format: Paperback
We used this book extensively when we were visiting Waikiki. This book is very easy to read and includes pretty much everything you need to know about the area. Accommodations and Dining sections could have been better but overall this is the book you need to take with you if you are going there. We also had "Hidden Oahu" with us but ended up using this book a lot more than "hidden Oahu". If you get this book you won't be dissapointed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sara Saltzman on October 17, 2004
Format: Paperback
I found this book made everything easy to find. Our daughter's wedding was our excuse to visit Oahu for the first time. Frommers made it easy to play tourist and wind our way through the streets of Honolulu without a hitch. Paid for itself many times over for its restaurant ratings alone. I personally give it high high marks for accuracy.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nicole Bradshaw on November 3, 2004
Format: Paperback
My husband and I bought this book for a recent vacation, and we found it very helpful. We used it to tool around the island in a rented car, see the sights in the Waikiki area, and snoop around Chinatown. It gives a good, broad overview to first-time visitors that will help you prioritize what you want to see on the island.

A few caveats - driving directions to Lanikai Beach are a bit lacking in this guide; fare for TheBus is now $2 per person, not $1.50; and the Lyon Arboretum was closed uring our visit. Sin of omission - Wo Fat's restaurant in Chinatown is a great dim sum place, but is not included in the guide. As always, call to check on guidebook facts before venturing out. Other than a few discrepancies such as this, we found the book to be fairly accurate and very informative.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By No one you know on June 16, 2003
Format: Paperback
I am planning on returning to Hawaii for the first time in almost 15 years next year, and wanted to refamiliarize myself with Oahu and see what had changed. Most travel books cover the entire state, so I figured a book geared just towards Oahu would eliminate alot of superfluous info for me and it did. But I was really surprised and disappointed at how little the book had to offer me. I think a first time traveler might get a lot of use from this book because it does provide a very nice overview of highlights for the first timer.
But, although I did find out some info that was of use to me, I was surprised by how much was glossed over if mentioned at all, especially since many shopping areas and beaches were mentioned, in detail in several sections of the book. With better organization the book could have contained a great deal more info in the same space. I was also surprised at how many restaurants, accomodations, and shopping places were missing (IE: There was absolutely NO mention of the International Marketplace, although it does appear on a Waikiki map) . I realize there isn't room for all of it, but I came away not trusting a book that seemed a little more biased than a guidebook should be.
I found the informational parts, especially about the language very interesting and well written.
Overall the book is average and has some very useful details and info, but if you really want to be well informed before you go, don't rely solely on this, you'll shortchange yourself if you do.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By l2 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 16, 2012
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At barely 300 pages, this is not a huge book, but it does have pretty good coverage of what most tourists need. As is typical of Frommer's books, about 1/3 of the pages are an overview of the area including suggested itineraries, best-of and must-do lists, and some history and culture lessons. Another 1/3 of the book is listings and reviews for tourist-oriented businesses like hotels, restaurants, and nightlife. The last 1/3 of the book is details on activities and attractions.

The book is fine for what it tries to do. The book is in color, but photos are small and sparse, unlike some other guidebooks that are full of photos. The restaurant and hotel listings are far from comprehensive, but they do give you a good idea about what is available, both in types and locations.

Yes, you can find most of this material on the internet these days, but not with this this level of organization and consistency.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Scott Gordon on October 30, 2002
Format: Paperback
We've used Frommer's books before, and enjoyed them, but found this book sadly lacking. It does help you pick out the highlights to budget your time, but too many other travel books exist that are simply better. We also found the maps sadly lacking when driving around the island, and at times were completely incorrect. Some information is out of date (hours of operation, prices), but no book is perfect in that regard.
We did greatly enjoy the Ultimate Kauai Guidebook: Kauai Revealed book we used on the same trip. Unfortunately, this publisher does not offer a book on Oahu.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gorito on September 12, 2003
Format: Paperback
I used this book during a week's stay on Oahu. Since it was my vist time visiting Hawaii, this book was adequate. It did not go into details on any one thing, which may be a weakness. The maps ware small. They seem best suited for walking tours, certainly not for driving purposes. Some of the data such as phone numbers or hours of business was outdated.
As I said, it was my first visit. My friends helped me see much more of Oahu than I would have been exposed to had I just followed the book. I don't think I would use this book on a return trip to Hawaii.
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