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Hawaii's Fishes : A Guide for Snorkelers and Divers Paperback – September 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 181 pages
  • Publisher: Mutual Publishing; 2nd edition. 3rd printing edition (September 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566470013
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566470018
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Scientific American

This little book is bursting at the seams with good, solid information.... Some of the photos will leave you gasping in disbelief--surely no fish could be so vivid!

From The New Yorker

All in all, it's hard to imagine more useful information in such a small book, and useful to both residents and visitors alike.... The color printing is gorgeous. How Mutual Publishing can deliver this much color at the price is a mystery.

More About the Author

Hi,

Thanks for stopping by. In a nutshell, I'm a retired librarian who majored in English and loves diving and photography. Combine those four and how can you not get fish books? How many fish books have I written? Perhaps too many, but it's rewarding and fun, so why not? My latest project has been an iPad app called Fish ID Hawaii. It covers 324 fish species browsable by shape, color, family, scientific name and Hawaiian name. It includes video for each fish, plus 980+ still photos. Find it in the App Store.

For many years my wife Marcia and I lived in Honolulu. In 2007 we both retired to the village of Volcano, on the Island of Hawaii, where we live just 3 miles from one of the world's most active volcanoes. I still do a lot of diving and underwater photography. Oh, and hiking too. Visit my website at

http://hawaiisfishes.com

Or, even better, if you want to see what I'm up to these days, check out my Picasa gallery

http://picasaweb.com/jphoover

Aloha,

John

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Beautiful, clear color shots are on every page of this book.
Nevada Deb
Just what I needed for my class easy to read and understand can't go wrong with this book to learn.
cc
If you see a fish while diving or snorkeling in Hawaii....it's in there.
fish illustrator lucid-hawaii.com

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Mary Whipple HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on March 18, 2001
Format: Paperback
Most kama'ainas and regular visitors who love to snorkel or scuba dive in Hawaii have a shelf of not-quite-complete reference books to help them identify the variety of gorgeous, often unique, fishes they see in Hawaiian waters. Everyone is always trying to find The Book that will help them identify some mystery fish barely glimpsed from a distance and often never seen again. If I could have only one book to help me find that mystery fish, this would be the one. Filled with helpful information describing both the families and specific varieties of fish seen in Hawaiian waters, this book has the best collection of photographs of all the books I've found. Often taken in dramatic close-up, and very artistic in composition, the photographs are all of live fish taken in their natural environments.
This can be both a blessing and a (minor) curse for the snorkeler and scuba diver. Photos which were taken at 30', for example, tend to have a bluish cast, which can distort the color of the fish when they are seen in shallow water of four feet. In addition, a close-up of the head of a particular eel, for example, does not help the snorkeler enough when s/he sees that eel from above, and it's moving at high speed among the rocks twenty feet below. The book is terrific, my favorite reference book, in fact, but for the devoted snorkeler determined to identify every fish s/he sees, I'd recommend that the Guide to Hawaiian Reef Fishes by John E. Randall be consulted as backup.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Keith P. Sheridan on July 19, 2002
Format: Paperback
I am in complete agreement with Mary Whipple's review of this book, I looked very hard and could not find a more comprehensive book than this. I spent the last six weeks on the island of Maui, diving and snorkelling, I did not see one fish that I could not identify through this book. It is simply the book you are looking for when you want to identify fish in Hawaiian waters. The same goes for the other book, on invertebrates, written by Hoover.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Darrell Heath on April 17, 2007
Format: Paperback
I recently went to Hawaii and decided to do some snorkeling for the first time in my life. What a blast!! The variety and colors of fishes and corals are truly stunning and if your are like me you may not be satisfied with just seeing all the pretty colors, you may in fact want to identify the things you are seeing. If thats the case then this book is hands down the most affordable and reliable guide you can purchase when planning that snorkeling vacation in Hawaii.

I found the photos and the text to be very well done and informative. Each family of fish is given a good life history account and species accounts are nice and succinct. There is also great info on where to dive and snorkel while you are in Hawaii and also the fish names are given in English, Latin and Hawaiian.

For a novice like me this book was a great find and it helped me immensely in making some sense of the great variety of fish life I found on the reef. A word of warning however: while its great to be able to identify the fish species you are seeing don't get too caught up in trying to ID everything you come across. For one thing its next to impossible without having a much more technical book than this one. Still this is a great little introductory level book for appreciating the diversity of fish life in Hawaiian waters. Sometimes it is just as rewarding to relax and enjoy the spectacle of the reef life itself without having to try and remember the color patterns on every little fish you encounter. So, purchase this book if you are heading to Hawaii and enjoy the truly stunning world of the coral reef.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Robert S. Clark on April 9, 2003
Format: Paperback
The author did an outstanding job compiling the many varieties of reef animals present on Hawaii's reefs and including them in one book. This book has it all if you want to get familar with what you'll most likely run into while diving or snorkeling while in the islands, but one drawback is the author's lack of detail in listing and describing the sites in the first part of the book where you're most likely to see such animals. I specifically wanted to know where to find them and at what depths. Using this book and a good dive or snorkeling guide like the O`ahu Snorkelers and Shore Divers Guide by Francisco B. de Carvalho would make anyone's hunt for photographic opportunities a simple task.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 18, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book features good pictures, meaningful information, lively style, and excellent attention to detail. For example, exact locations and depths are given for each photo. This information is at the end of each species description. Although detailed, it is not at all dry--a fun read in fact!
A look at the reverse of the title page reveals that it has been updated and revised several times, and reprinted 8 times! That is testimony in itself. Also, although not mentioned in the book, the author maintains a website where he posts updates and information on his books. The domain name is the title of the book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 19, 1997
Format: Paperback
This book has what snorkellers and SCUBA divers demand most from a fish identification book: Plenty of great color pictures on high quality glossy paper. Strong binding and good paper mean that you can take it with you to the water without it falling apart. And if that were not good enough, the text is informative and complete enough for all but the most committed ichthyologist. A keeper.
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