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Oahu Trailblazer: Where to Hike, Snorkel, Surf from Waikiki to the North Shore Paperback – July 2, 2009

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It counts to have the best trail tested outdoor gear along for Hawaii. This couple pulls out all the stops. Trailblazer guides are a must have. --Via

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Diamond Valley Company; 2 edition (July 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978637127
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978637125
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,306,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mort Koltz on July 30, 2010
Format: Paperback
We've been to other islands with this series and on the spur of the moment took a week off to try one that was new. One word for Oahu: exciting. There was diversity there like nightlife, shopping, great restaurants, history and drop dead beauty. We didn't realize this until we opened the pages of this book right before leaving. On the way over we planned our itinerary and everyday brought something more amazing than the next.

For starters, the hikes. We took six of them and discovered beautiful waterfalls and pools and lush green forests. These books really excel when it comes to directions to spots not many other tourists know about.

I recommend this guidebook. Oahu was a great destination.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By dr.erskine on November 10, 2011
Format: Paperback
There is so much information available on the internet that makes sorting out what to see on Oahu extremely difficult to pin down. Luckily I found the Oahu Trailblazer that narrows down everything into a very manageable reference. To me, this guide book represented a starting point with all its pictures and maps and freebie tips...hiking, sightseeing, driving, snorkeling, kayaking, you name it. In other words lots of activity choices organized intelligently.

First they introduce you to the island, inject some history and orient you to the geography. You can then start to navigate and the world of Oahu opens up to explore. Waikiki is presented with a walking map and directions to a most extraordinary swimming lagoon off the tourist track. We enjoyed nighttime as much as beachtime. Balanced with cautionary tales of visiting the island and practical advice and itineraries and places to surf, swim, snorkel, hike, trail run it's some of the best descriptions of Hawaii I have ever read. Old Hawaii tales, new Hawaii hangouts are infused in the pages.

Their advice made it easy to build itineraries that can be accomplished in one day each. Some of the walks are very long and cover a ton of territory. You can adjust the length according to beach plunges you want to take to break up the day. The beaches in Waikiki stretch a long strip.

A short list of their recommended accommodations and restaurants compliment the bulk of adventures. Where to stay can be a critical choice in Waikiki. I'd recommend within walking distance to the beach. Use Trailblazer to whet your appetite and back your choice up with websites like TripAdvisor.

Activities for independent travelers are really the heart of this book. The advice is excellent. The descriptions are spot on.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Inabeth Vonn on March 1, 2010
Format: Paperback
My husband and I are hooked on the Trailblazer series. We first became acquainted with their guides in Kauai and during our most recent trip to Oahu always had it along on our outings.

I highly recommend for their attention to detail and realistic observations. The history they add made our jaunts so interesting. It's illustrated with photos that match the landscapes - gave us a nice preview for the road or trail ahead. Directions follow the milemarkers on the highway, another smart feature.

For a hiking sourcebook it really paid for itself with its huge range of trails. We started off with Diamond Head and worked into the harder hikes as we got acclimated to the island's latitude. Honolulu's beautiful museums and historic buildings were incorporated into their walking guide along with a street map. They don't load their book down with pages and pages of hotels and restaurants. This is an actvity book, a good one. Thank you team Sprout!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Edwin O. Hagstrom on November 22, 2009
Format: Paperback
"I took my son to Oahu for two weeks and am VERY glad I had Oahu Trailblazer along
for the ride. We never would have found the great adventures without it. It hits all the big stuff everybody else does {great history of Pearl Harbor in a nutshell!} but it was the out-of-the-way trails and beaches that were the eye openers. I never realized Oahu had so may trails tucked away in places you'd never find. Much better hiking than Maui, in my opinion. This book is organized to make a complicated and populated island seem easy. It's clear to me that the authors know their stuff. Two weeks was not long enough! We're going to Kauai next year {with the classic Kauai Trailblazer guide}, but I am now planning to spend another week on Oahu just to find the stuff we didn't get a chance to see this time. I also should mention all {200!} the back-and-white photos in Oahu Trailblazer. Amazing. They are great to look at and really give you an idea of what the place is like, not just the beach shots you see in other books. This book is a good read, written with the Aloha spirit, and a must-have to get beyond the tourist stuff and into the real Hawaii."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spence Rodda on May 28, 2010
Format: Paperback
If you're traveling to Oahu you will love this book. Organized in a sensible geographical way, I found this travel guide well researched and thoughtfully written. It's an excellent resource for not just tourists, but residents as well. As someone who visited Oahu once before, I was impressed by all the sites that I previously missed.

Sure everyone knows the popular tourist attractions in Waikiki and Honolulu, but one of the many things that makes Oahu unique is all the other less known beaches and all the pretty vistas from their hiking trails. This is the beauty of the Sprout's book. There aren't many tour books out there that are solely activity oriented. Open to any page and there's an adventure in store with complete directions.

We could have stayed on another month and still not exhausted all there was to do. I definitely recommend this book, a good one to pass on to someone thinking of going there.
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