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. If you know what a Cheesecake Factory or Dave & Buster's is and you would go to such places when vacationing in Oahu, then you should ignore this review.
The Dining section would have been really helpful if it had a section that said, "These are the restaurants you definitely need to hit on your trip from high end to low end."
After reading through the Dining section, I feel like I need to get a second opinion on everything else recommended in the book. So, it will be useful for the contact information, but I don't trust this author for anything else.