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Janine and Jerry Sprout have spent more than 20 years together exploring the trails, beaches, and attractions of the American West. Their guides are handcrafted and trail-tested. Janine is a professional photographer and graphic designer. Jerry is a former newspaper reporter, award-winning athelete and novelist. Their skills result in outdoor guides that are beautiful to look at and fun to read.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Diamond Valley Company; 1 edition (September 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967007291
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967007298
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #457,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Greg Hayes on December 3, 2007
Format: Paperback
In my work at Guide to Travel Guides, we concentrate on finding excellent travel books from smaller publishers, books that travelers may not yet be familiar with. No Worries Hawaii, newly published in late 2007, is just such a book. Really a travel planning guide without peer. Its 160 pages are fabulous stuff, chocked full of helpful information and some of the loveliest color photos around. If you play ball with the Sprouts, they'll help you zero in on the greatest island vacation you've ever had. The Sprouts are veterans of the Hawaii guidebook scene. Their deservedly much-praised Trailblazer series includes four titles on the islands of Hawaii: Kauai Trailblazer, Maui Trailblazer, Oahu Trailblazer, and Hawaii the Big Island Trailblazer, all of which focus on outdoor activities of every kind: walks, hikes, bicycle rides, snorkeling, driving tours and on and on. In No Worries Hawaii they use their expertise to help you decide the type of vacation you want, the setting you want, the activities you value most, and where best to find them. Moving from an armchair voyage in which you envision and clarify your wants and needs to a clever, simple self-test to help you prioritize your wish list, No Worries Hawaii then relates all this homework you've done to a highly detailed, 36-category Best of Hawaii section. If you spend the time, the system really works. If you are too lazy, just focusing on the Best of Hawaii section, plus a good look at the Best of Hawaii scoreboard to see which island ranks highest for your needs will take you a long way toward paradise. Practical information abounds, with lots of money saving advice and a wonderfully detailed "Wiki Wiki Phonebook" for all the contact information you'll ever need. This is one great travel planning guide--if only other travel destinations had something this good.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 14, 2008
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This book is terrific for preplanning a trip to Hawaii. The author gives great descriptions of the islands and their attractions but what makes this an outstanding book is his approach to planning your trip. There is an analysis of the different type of travelers and an overview of lodging styles. The best section is his `test' of your interests to determine which island has the sights that really matter to you. He includes everything from picnicking to snorkeling to religious shrines to volcano watching to horseback riding and more. With his lists, I was able to prioritize what I wanted to see and what islands to visit. It also told me where I needed a rental car and where I did not. He has a lot of helpful telephone numbers and beautiful photographs. If you want a lot of detail about hotels and activities, I would go online. But, if you want to look at the big picture first and get your bearings, start with this book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Anthony McNamara on May 31, 2009
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For anyone contemplating a trip to Hawaii this is hands down THE best guide on the market. No other books even come close. Not sure which islands to visit? This book is invaluable in helping you make that decision. Not sure what to do or where to go when you get there? This book will give you all the details. It gives a great overview of all the islands, plus all the specifics you will need for each island. Beautifully organized, clearly written, and with gorgeous photos, this guide will be a trusted companion for your first or many visits to America's enchanted isles. Must see places, great beaches, hikes and mountain bikes, swimming, surfing, snorkeling, golf courses, resorts, restaurants, whale watching, helicopter rides, you name it and this book has it ALL. Plus great travel advice and many little known or off the beaten path places to go and things to do. I've made many trips to Hawaii, and used many guidebooks, and this is the one I wished I had at the beginning. Even old hands will find this an invaluable tool in finding new places to see and things to do. A must buy.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 2, 2007
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The collaborative work of Jerry and Janine Sprout, "No Worries Hawaii: A Vacation Planning Guide For Kauai, Oahu, Maui, And The Big Island" is a single volume, superbly organized, beautifully illustrated, informed and informative guide for planning memorable trips throughout the Hawaiian islands whether for business or for pleasure, whether as a day trip, a week end getaway, or an extended vacation. Organized into five major sections (The Armchair Voyage; Da Plan! Da Plan!; The Elements of Island Style; The Best of Hawaii; and Wikiwiki Phonebook), "No Worries Hawaii" is enhanced with a section in which travelers can record their own notes, an index, and a listing of other Trailblazer Travel Books available from the Diamond Valley Company. Anyone planning a trip to Hawaii should begin with browsing through a copy of "No Worries Hawaii" to insure that their itinerary will provide them with the very best that Hawaii has to offer as their time and budgetary limitations will allow.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Hawaiian Eye on February 24, 2008
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Based on six full-mark reviews from other Amazon readers, I rushed right out and bought this last night hoping to find some new treasures to include in my trip to Hawaii next month.
I found this book not only remarkably thin in terms of length (160 pages) but very thin on value.
This is a very eccentric book that takes some getting used to. There is marginal research and very subjective advice given, especially in the 'you might want to miss...' category.
For example, the authors suggest tourists might want to skip the Big Island's Pahoa district. Huh? This is one historical place you do NOT want to miss if you like sacred sites, interesting hikes and cool, off the beaten path cafes and restaurants.
I am stunned that in the area of 'inspiring churches and holy places' which covers two whole pages, Molokai's magnificent St. Philomena's church at Kalaupapa is not rated a passing mention. In the category of 'top hotels' the Manele Bay and The Lodge are given [predictable] top honors for Maui -yet they're on the island of Lanai!! See what I mean by subjective?
Only swanky hotels are mentioned here, no restaurants, so this is a limited book. For three bucks less, you'll get much better value and and way better advice in the almost double-size, 303 page, chock-full Hawaii "Revealed" series by Andrew Doughty and Harriet Friedman. Leave your "Worries" at home.
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