Top Books About Traveling Hawaii

If Hawaii’s new to you, chances are you’ll want to take along a good travel guide on your trip. There’s an overwhelming array of travel guides to Hawaii because it’s a major destination, but this article points you to some helpful guides for every kind of budget or travel style.

  • Revealed Guidebooks
    • Has a guidebook for each major island
    • Locals use it
    • Extremely popular with locals
    • Insider’s source
    • Color guides
    • The writers anonymously review the island
    • Writers visit every beach, restaurant, activity and trail on the island
    • Comprehensive
    • Humorous
    • Easy to read
    • Glossy
    • Known for brutally honest reviews and commentary
    • Details beaches and ocean safety
    • Fascinating sections on Hawaii’s history, culture, language and legends
    • Good off-the-beaten-track tips
    • Suitable for all budgets and age ranges
    • Hawaii The Big Island Revealed: The Ultimate Guidebook
      • By Andrew Doughty and Leona Boyd
      • Last edition published 2011
      • Kindle edition available
      • $18.95 retail
      • Specialized guide for The Big Island
    • Oahu Revealed: The Ultimate Guide to Honolulu, Waikiki & Beyond
      • Has a Kindle edition
      • By Andrew Doughty and Leona Boyd
      • Last edition published 2012
      • $18.95 retail
      • Specialized guide for Oahu
    • Maui Revealed; The Ultimate Guidebook
      • Has a Kindle edition
      • By Andrew Doughty and Leona Boyd
      • Last edition published 2010
      • $18.95 retail
      • Specialized guide for Maui
    • The Ultimate Kauai Guidebook: Kauai Revealed
      • Has a Kindle edition
      • By Andrew Doughty and Leona Boyd
      • Last edition published 2011
      • $18.95 retail
      • Specialized guide for Kauai
    • The Hikers Guide to Oahu
      • Retails for $22
      • Stuart M. Ball is the author
      • Aimed at locals and visitors
      • Insider’s source
      • Comprehensive
      • Published in 2000
      • Comprehensive guide to hiking trails in Oahu
      • Hiking for all ages and skill levels
      • Details 50 trails through lush valleys, waterfalls, windswept ridges
      • Notes section has info to identify geological features, history, plants and birds
      • Appendix has brief descriptions of 37 additional hikes closed to the public
      • Has a Kindle edition
    • Frommer’s Hawaii
      • All-island guidebook
      • Aimed at middle-class to upper-class travelers
      • Suitable for all age ranges
      • Last edition published in 2012
      • Available in Kindle edition
      • Retails for $22
      • Full-color guide
      • Updated every year
      • Candid review based on detailed personal inspection of hotels, restaurants, sights, shopping and nightlife
      • By Jeanette Foster
      • Easy-to-read maps and photos
      • Insider tips from local expert authors
      • Maps, itineraries, trail maps and activities guide
      • Also available is specialized guide for Maui
        • Has a Kindle edition
        • Retails for $20
        • Last edition published in 2012
        • Same format as Frommer’s Hawaii
      • Fodor’s Hawaii
        • Retails for $23
        • Written by many authors
        • Last edition published 2012
        • Has a Kindle edition
        • All-island guidebook
        • Aimed at middle-class to upper-class travelers
        • Suitable for all age ranges
        • Reviews for beaches, hotels, restaurants, shopping and nightlife
        • Advice and recommendations from local writers
        • Maps, itineraries, trail maps and activities guide
        • Easy to read
      • Lonely Planet Hawaii (Regional Travel Guide)
        • Retails for $23
        • Has a Kindle edition
        • Last edition published in 2011
        • Written by many authors
        • Suitable for all budgets and age ranges
        • Lonely Planet series usually aimed at budget travelers
        • Lonely Planet series usually aimed at the younger crowd
        • Maps, itineraries, trail maps and activities guide
        • Easy to read
        • Reviews for beaches, hotels, restaurants, shopping and nightlife

Regardless of your lifestyle and/or budget, there are suitable guidebooks on Hawaii to make planning your trip easier and more efficient. The maps in each guidebook are especially handy for visitors who aren’t familiar with the area.