This is the fully up-to-date Fodor Guide. In general, Fodor books cater for a clientele with a dime or two to spare rather than for the backpacker market, which is how I think of the Rough Guide series. This offering is admirable in just about every way – comprehensive coverage, clear layout (the print is small but legible) and helpful in its suggestions. You will of course need the internet for more detailed information at times, and if you have knowledgeable friends you can also get more out of the book from what they tell you.
I have just finished planning my own first visit to Hawaii. I shall be based in Maui with side trips to the Big Island and Kauai. Oahu, which contains Honolulu, Waikiki and Pearl Harbour, I am going to leave out, having received comments that it is ‘just like the USA’ and ‘There’s nothing left’. In case a couple of snippets of advice may come in useful, three restaurants on Maui have been recommended to me, and they are the Lahaina Grill, Mama’s Fish House in Paia and the Ka’ana Kitchen in Kihei-Wailea. I have also taken to heart the Guide’s own advice to check flight operators for their safety record. From the internet a couple of days ago I found that Safari Helicopters, operating on Maui and the Big Island, has a perfect safety record, something that reassured me as I intend to take a helicopter ride over the volcano. As further reassurance, the model of helicopter that Safari use is the (Airbus) ASTAR, which likewise has a perfect record in Hawaii where it is used by two operators. Back at ground level, the bus service on Maui looks excellent, and a snip at $2 per boarding. I have only printed off the schedules for the routes I intend to use, but I imagine all routes depart either on the hour or on the half-hour.
That’s enough from me, I think. Regarding the Fodor Guide, there was an ancient Roman author who could have summed it up 2000 years ago ‘Read on. You will enjoy.’