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Hawaii overflows with natural beauty, from soft sand beaches to dramatic volcano cliffs. The islands' offerings, from urban Honolulu in Oahu to the luxe resorts of Maui to the natural wonders of Kauai and the Big Island, appeal to all tastes. There's also much to appreciate about the state's unique culture and the tradition of aloha that has welcomed millions of visitors over the years.
EXPANDED COVERAGE: Brand-new hotel, restaurant, shop, and bar reviews provide fresh tips for staying and playing on Oahu, Maui, the Big Island, Kauai, Molokai, and Lanai. An updated feature explores the changing cruise options on Hawaii.
ILLUSTRATED FEATURES: Travelers can learn all about visiting Kauai's iconic Napali Coast by land, sea, or air. Our Hawaii Volcanoes National Park feature gives tips for volcano exploration. Illustrated features highlight Maui's top attractions and offer in-depth coverage of Waikiki, Pearl Harbor, and Oahu's renowned surf culture. Travelers will learn the story of Molokai's stunning Kalaupapa Peninsula, once a settlement for people with leprosy (Hansen's disease). Other illustrated features provide handy guides to geology and the birth of the islands, snorkeling tips, and Hawaii's unique culture, from lei to luau to hula.
INDISPENSABLE TRIP PLANNING TOOLS: An island finder chart and guide helps you pick the right islands for you. Top Experiences and Great Itineraries help travelers make the most of their island time. This guide also has useful tips for families, people planning Hawaiian weddings and honeymoons, and cruise travelers. Illustrated plant and marine life identification keys are useful tools for hikers and snorkelers.
DISCERNING RECOMMENDATIONS: Fodor's Hawaii offers savvy advice and recommendations from local writers to help travelers make the most of their visit. Fodor's Choice designates our best picks, from hotels to nightlife. "Word of Mouth" quotes from fellow travelers provide valuable insights.
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