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Oahu Revealed: The Ultimate Guide to Honolulu, Waikiki & Beyond (Oahu Revisited) Paperback – November 15, 2009


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Product Details

  • Series: Oahu Revisited
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Wizard Publications Inc.; 3rd Edition edition (November 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981461026
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981461021
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #359,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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Wizard continues to produce information, maps and photographs that are all first-rate, and--even better! Honolulu Star Bulletin

Book Description

Most travel titles are put together in a few weeks by visiting travel writers. Wizard guidebooks take over a year to compile and the writers are residents who personally and anonymously review every facet of the island. Their maps are the best you'll find. From restaurants to helicopter companies to scuba to beaches to trails. They see it all and show you the best the island has to offer. They also reveal who's the worst and who to stay away from. All told in a frank, humorous way that keeps the reading fun.

More About the Author

Andrew Doughty has been exploring and writing about the Hawaiian Islands for many years and is the best-selling guidebook writer in the United States, with millions of books in print. Andrew reviews every business anonymously and has hiked and GPSed every trail, secluded beach and special place described in his books. When he's not on the ground, you'll find him in the air in his airplane designed specifically for aerial photography.

Customer Reviews

This book helped make our second trip a great success!
Gregory K. Brown
We are going in three weeks for a month on Oahu and will take the book with us to use frequently on our trip.
Richard Steiner
This book is easy to read, very informative, and candid.
E. Hoff

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By lan811 on January 22, 2013
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I bought this book for my upcoming trip to Oahu. Having purchased Maui Revealed a few years ago, I should have realized what a mistake I was making. I looked at the reviews and thought to myself, "Well, maybe this version is better."

Note on format: I prefer Frommers and Lonely Planet guidebooks. A lot of people who travel to Oahu are there for a limited amount of time. Both LP and Frommers have a section that outlines what you should see and do if you have 2 days, a week or more. This book doesn't offer that guidance. There are definitely more pictures in this book, which is a plus, but there's something disorganized about this book. For example, what is the difference between "Sights" and "Attractions"? Why is the "Attractions" section not listed by geographic zones like in the "Sights" section? What is the difference between "Activities" and "Adventures"? The organization of the book is just very confusing. So, if you hate Frommers and Lonely Planet, then you may not like my review.

My biggest complaint about this book is the Dining section. The author notes certain restaurants that "stand out" with a little "ono" symbol. In addition to an "ono" designation, the author highly recommends the Cheesecake Factory. I am not a food snob, and I have nothing against the Cheesecake Factory. I like the Cheesecake Factory, but when I go to Oahu, I don't want to go to the Cheesecake Factory. The entry for the Cheesecake Factory is longer than the entry for Alan Wong's. That just doesn't seem right to me. There is also an "ono' recommendation for Dave & Buster's. If you understand my disappointment at these recommendations, then you will understand my suspicion for other recommendations in this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Maralyn Reid on May 19, 2011
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This book was available to us where we stayed. We thought it was fabulous. We enjoyed the commentary and history that went along with the places to visit. Because of this book, we were able to see some very out-of-the way places where we were the only tourists. It truly made our Hawaiian vacation more enjoyable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Campling on February 28, 2010
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The "Blue Books" by Andrew Doughty on the Hawaiian Islands are by far the best guide books that we've ever used. We've been to the all of the islands several times and each time we use these books to enhance our trip. We've never had a bad meal, bad excursion, or bad hotel thanks to these books. They take you out of the tourist trap areas (like where the cruise ships drop off passengers) on the islands and get you to see and experience the really cool hidden areas. Maybe I shouldn't write such a good review since these areas have gotten a bit more crowded since more people are learning about the books. As always, please keep the islands clean by picking up after yourself.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Bennett on January 18, 2011
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We recently moved to Oahu and I love this book. I am so happy that we purchased it. Everywhere I go I am saying my book says this or my book says that. I picked this particular one out of all the travel guide books because I enjoy the history background it gives. The other books had more tourist information, but since we are living on Oahu I wanted more history.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Wyatt on August 15, 2011
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I have lived in Oahu for a year and a half and there are things on this island that are very popular to visit. I found 6 things in the first 70 pages that I had no idea about! That doesn't sound like a lot but the book is over 300 pages including the index. Not only does it tell you about all the popular places but throughout the book it has little gems notating the especially awesome less know attractions. I have tons of stuff planned now and I'm very happy that I got this book. Must have if you are visiting or even if you have been on island for a little while.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. Hoff on June 3, 2010
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This book is easy to read, very informative, and candid. There's even a little humor sprinkled throughout. I feel like it's prepared me very well to make the most of my time on Oahu. The only drawback, is that the book is a bit heavy and bulky to lug to Hawaii, but it wouldn't be useful if it was any smaller.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John T. McClanaghan on December 18, 2010
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I bought the Ultimate Kauai book several years ago and the next edition last year. Both times were for an upcoming trip to Kauai. The books were fantastic for getting the most out of your vacation with the least hassle.

Based on the positive experience with that Island I bought the three other books and have decided to go to Maui for my next trip but to spend two or three days in Oahu first to see the important sights there. The idea of vacationing in such a touristy place doesn't appeal to me and this book spelled it out pretty well. It saved me from potentially spending thousands on a hectic vacation!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Exploring chick on March 4, 2010
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I bought this book based on other reviews I read. The book is very informative and gives direct opinions on tours, dining, and hotels. We were able to find alot of discounted places to eat thanks to the book for good food. Also, the hiking section was very good as we did the lighthouse hike and saw a ton of humpback whales breaching in the water. If it wasn't for the book, we would have never known about this hidden treasure. I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to discover and explore Oahu
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