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Hawaii's Fishes : A Guide for Snorkelers and Divers Paperback – September 1, 2007
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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
Or, even better, if you want to see what I'm up to these days, check out my Picasa gallery
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My daughter received it and absolutely loves it. She has found it very thorough and informative. I purchased based on other customer reviews and agree with them. Good investment.Published 8 months ago by navymom2014
Awesome book with phenomenal photos, plan to snorkel in Maui in September and wanted to gain some knowledge ahead of time about what we might expect. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Laureen McAndrew
A "must have" for divers & snorkelers. (This is the book that the dive guides had on the boat.)Published 13 months ago by SleeplessInSummerville
Well written with very clear photos. Will be an asset with my upcoming trip to Maui. Thank you.Published 18 months ago by Ernest A. Krumbein