8 Free Hawaii Guide Books

I have written a Hawaii Guide Book as a gift to you! Actually, I’ve written 8 Hawaii guide books and they are all free to help you plan your trips. There’s one for each major island and then 4 special topics.

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Plan Your Best Vacation to Oahu Ever - Where to Stay and What to Do On Oahu

Plan Your Best Vacation to Oahu Ever - Where to Stay and What to Do On Oahu

Download the Oahu book here – right click the link and download the book to your computer, or read it at the online version, The Complete Oahu Vacation Guide. They are a little different but not too much.

This guide book describes Oahu areas, what hotels are best for budget trips, romantic trips, best overall beach locations, and best family hotels. I also talk about the best beaches I like and my favorite activities. Or, see the online version here The Complete Oahu Vacation Guide

Plan your Best Vacation to Kauai Ever! Where to Stay and What to Do in Kauai

Plan your Best Vacation to Kauai Ever! Where to Stay and What to Do in Kauai

Download the Kauai book here – right click the link and download the book to your computer.

This guide book outlines all my favorite things about Kauai, plus what hotels are best for budget trips, romantic trips, best overall beach locations, and best family hotels. Or see the online version here,The Complete Kauai Vacation Guide

Plan Your Best Vacation to Maui Ever! Where to Stay and What to Do on Maui

Plan Your Best Vacation to Maui Ever! Where to Stay and What to Do on Maui

Download the Maui book here – right click the link and download the book to your computer.

This guide book outlines all my favorite things about Maui, plus what hotels are best for budget trips, romantic trips, best overall beach locations, and best family hotels. Or see the online version here: The Complete Maui Vacation Guide

Plan your Best Vacation to the Big Island of Hawaii Ever - Where to Stay and What to Do on the Big Island

Plan your Best Vacation to the Big Island of Hawaii Ever - Where to Stay and What to Do on the Big Island

Download the Big Island book here – right click the link and download the book to your computer.

This guide book outlines all my favorite things about the Big Island, plus my favorite family, beach-front, and budget hotels. Or, see the online version here: The Complete Big Island Vacation Guide

Hawaii Hopping for Fun! Visiting More than One Island in Hawaii the Smart Way

Hawaii Hopping for Fun! Visiting More than One Island in Hawaii the Smart Way

Get the Hawaii Hopping For Fun; Visiting More than One Island In Hawaii The Smart Way Book here to discover all the ways there are to get around between the Hawaii Islands. Inter-Island Hawaii Travel explained in depth! Or see the online version How to Get from One Hawaii Island to Another

First Time Hawaii Vacations the Easy and Fun Way; How to Get to Hawaii, Where to Stay, and What to Do

First Time Hawaii Vacations the Easy and Fun Way; How to Get to Hawaii, Where to Stay, and What to Do

Get the First Time Hawaii Vacations Ebook Here Right click and choose save target as. So, if you’ve never been to Hawaii before, get out your pen and take notes. This book will give you a basic overview of Hawaii, and tell you the popular and best places to stay and what to do on each island, where to fly into, and where to look for packages. Get an idea of what sounds good to you and then follow it up. Or see the online version First Time to Hawaii Guide

How to Save Thousands of Dollars on a Hawaii Vacation! Saving Money on Hotels, Flights, Food, and Fun things to Do.

How to Save Thousands of Dollars on a Hawaii Vacation! Saving Money on Hotels, Flights, Food, and Fun things to Do.

Save Thousands on a Hawaii Vacation! right click and choose save target as. Dozens of strategies and website recommendations to save you money. Spend less on the flight and have more for the fun stuff!
Or, see the online version here Cheap Hawaii Vacation Guide

How to Get Married in Hawaii On a Dime! Simple, fun, and low-cost Hawaii Weddings

How to Get Married in Hawaii On a Dime! Simple, fun, and low-cost Hawaii Weddings

How to Get Married in Hawaii on a Dime – I recount my experiences with getting married in Hawaii and coordinating a wedding in Hawaii, plus I talk about what you need to get married in Hawaii, and cool places to do it. Congratulations, by the way! Or, see the online version here: Cheap Hawaii Wedding Guide


49 Comments on 8 Free Hawaii Guide Books

  1. rex on Tue, 26th Jan 2010 1:23 am
  2. We are wanting to go to Hawaii (big island) the first of Oct.. It is my 12th time and we have some friends who want to go with us . it is their first.
    It will be an odd combination of 2 couples and 2 single women. any ideas on how we should plan form lodging. a house?, large condo?
    thanks for you ideas

  3. Lisa on Tue, 26th Jan 2010 2:26 am
  4. sure, a vacation rental or a condo or even hotel rooms next to each other – any could work. It just depends on what you are looking for. There are some nice condos in North Kona and some big houses in Kealakekua Bay or other places in South Kona.

  5. Ryanne on Thu, 28th Jan 2010 6:23 pm
  6. A group of us are going on a cruise in October. We are flying in the day before the cruise. Any advice on the best packages for hotel/transfer combos?

  7. Lisa on Thu, 28th Jan 2010 11:19 pm
  8. HI Ryanne, what do you mean by transfer combos? Shuttles? thanks, Lisa

    “A package that ideally has airport transfers, hotel for the night, and transfer to the cruise port.”

    Hi Ryanne, sorry, but I don’t know of any hotels that offer that. Is there a hotel you are interested in? You could put in an email request or call them to see if they offer it – or you could just do the shuttle trips through this company
    http://viptrans.com/ or one of the many other companies in Waikiki that run shuttles.

    This is what many people do.

    Good luck, have fun! Lisa

  9. vida on Wed, 3rd Feb 2010 9:53 pm
  10. lisa ~ i so agree with you on the revealed book, i just bought oahu revealed, and read it cover to cover in one sitting and love it. i have bought 3 other books (first time to hawaii) and i wish i would of bought oahu revealed first as i also highly recommend it. i also have the hawaii entertainment book for 2010 (great offers/coupons). wishing i would of come across your web site sooner. my husband and i will be staying in kaneohe for 9 days starting at the end of this month. we will be on our honeymoon/1year anniversary. what would you suggest for our anniversary day, it falls on a friday, 02.27, something not touristy? i want to create a memory for us. we are both in our 50’s, still young, but still 50’s. also, where would i be able to pick up a street guide atlas of oahu? thank you!

  11. Lisa on Fri, 5th Feb 2010 5:06 pm
  12. Hi Vida,

    Yes! 🙂 sounds like you have a great head start on your trip 🙂 .

    so, not touristy, huh? that is a very hard one, because all the really cool stuff to do On Oahu is touristy – 🙂 because the tourists want in on the fun too, yes 🙂

    hmmm, maybe a sunset dinner cruise, or you could do a shark dive ( maybe, maybe not?) or you could take in a show

    You could do a horseback ride or something daring … maybe a scuba diving lesson? that would be cool.

    I don’t know, do any of these help at all? I have a 6 year old, so when we were on Oahu, we went to Chuck E Cheese or the Hawaiian Waters adventure parks. lol.

    as for a street map, if you want to wait till you get to Oahu, you can pick one up at any ABC store 🙂

    Happy anniversary, and have a woderful time! Lisa

  13. Sandy G on Mon, 12th Apr 2010 3:54 pm
  14. Lisa – we are going to Hawaii the first week of October.
    We are doing two islands this time. spending part of the time in Honolulu,
    and trying to make a decision on Kona or Kauai.
    I like to sightsee alot but also like to shop and go to restaurants. We are not much on hiking.
    I know I’ve heard Kauai is the most beautiful, and I’ve also heard Kona is really
    beautiful too.
    Which would you suggest? We will be staying at the Hilton in Waikiki and in Kona, if that’s where we decide to go.

  15. Lisa on Wed, 14th Apr 2010 9:22 pm
  16. Hi Sandy,

    Well, either would do for you, really. Kona is beautiful and so is Kauai …. but different kinds of beautiful. I really like the Hilton Waikola Village which is where you would be staying 🙂 Lisa

  17. Denise Kennedy on Thu, 13th May 2010 5:24 pm
  18. Hi Lisa,
    I am booking 2 time share weeks, one at the Wyndham Kona on the Big Island and the 2nd at the Pono Kai on Kauai.
    My friend and I will be flying in and I would like to make this trip as memorable as possible. We are 2 women in our 60’s and need some assistance, i.e. wheelchair friendly areas. Do you have any suggestions as to what we should see and do and how to get from Kona to Kauai in the most interesting way.
    Hope to hear form you soon. Many thanks, Denise

  19. Lisa on Sat, 15th May 2010 11:15 pm
  20. Hi Denise,

    This is way out of my expertise, honestly. I am so sorry. I wish I could help you but I don’t even see any sites on the internet for this. Maybe these people can help you http://www.accesstravelcenter.com/hawaii.cfm or maybe your hotels can help you. They have a concierge that might be able to advise you.

    As for getting to Kauai, all you can do is fly 🙂 that’s your only option.

  21. Jerry on Sun, 30th May 2010 12:51 pm
  22. We are planning a 10 day trip to Hawaii. Will likely see 2 or 3 islands. Do we need to have a travel agent or can we plan it ourselves?

  23. Lisa on Sun, 30th May 2010 11:33 pm
  24. You can easily plan it yourselves, if you are comfortable with that. Book it online – easy.

  25. Marlein on Fri, 9th Jul 2010 8:36 pm
  26. We need some help planing our family dream vacation. The reason why we want to go to Hawaii is that my gril wants to celebrate her 15th birth day in Hawaii. We will be taking my parents and my husbands parents with our 3 children. So it will be 6 adults and 3 children my gril will be 15 years, 11 year old boy, and 8 year old boy our parents are about 55yrs of age to about 65yrs of age very active and fun. My husband and I are in our early 30’s. We want to take the trip next year at the end of November 2011. For about 8 to 10 days. We would love to have picutres taken of our Birth day gril at the best places of Hawaii followed by a nice diner. We also would like to see not just one island but several with great family activities and shows. What would you recomend please help.

  27. Lisa on Sat, 10th Jul 2010 4:37 pm
  28. Hi Marlein, what are you asking for help with exactly? Are you trying to figure out which islands to visit? Lisa

  29. Luke J. Cabon on Tue, 13th Jul 2010 5:14 pm
  30. Lisa,
    Hello, wow, you have a real nice web site, lots of info. I just was offered a job and will be comming to Hawaii to live. I am married with a family of 4, wife and three kids. Kids Ages 17, 13, 8. Great kids. 🙂

    I read your info on Kapolei, seems like a nice place, I probably working in the area of the schofield base, any, Where is a good place to live?

    I am caucasion, my wife is from the philippines. Just looking for a nice quiet area for my family and good schools.

    Any help would be much appreciated.



  31. Lisa on Thu, 15th Jul 2010 4:46 pm
  32. Hi Luke, Kapolei is nice, as is Ewa Beach. I have friends who live in Ewa Beach – they were military – and they love it.

  33. Marlein on Fri, 16th Jul 2010 8:11 pm
  34. Hi, Lisa yes I need help in what Island would be best to star of our vacation.

  35. Lisa on Sun, 18th Jul 2010 8:57 pm
  36. Hi Marlein, I would recommend Oahu and Maui if you want to do two, with maybe a day trip to the other islands if you want to do that.

  37. Cheryll Jeter on Mon, 6th Sep 2010 6:51 pm
  38. Lisa,
    I have two questions for you. We are planning to visit Hawaii for the first time next summer. We plan to spend around 10 days. We would like to visit Oahu and The Big Island if possible to get the most out of our trip. Would you recommend this or not? Also, I am getting frustrated because we are a family of five and we are having a hard time finding a hotel. Most hotels only allow four per room. We really wanted to stay at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Are we the only ones who run into this problem? What do other families do? Our children are 11, 12 & 13.
    Any suggestions on either of these is greatly appreciated!

  39. Lisa on Tue, 7th Sep 2010 9:52 pm
  40. Hi Cheryll, yes, sure, two islands in 10 days is fine, and Oahu and the Big Island is a fine choice 🙂 Have you contacted the Hilton directly to see if there is a way around the 2 kids in one room thing? Maybe they have a slightly bigger room they would be willing to give you. Other families may just chance it, or go somewhere else I guess.

  41. CINDY T on Sun, 26th Sep 2010 9:58 pm
  42. HI Lisa, my husband just suprised me last Wednesday with a early-Christmas present, and a late honeymoon, since in the Military, you do’t get much time of to celebrate. We have been there several times, and always stay at the Hale Koa, but this time we are staying at the Ohana Waikiki East, do you have any info on that hotel. All I really know is that is by the Marketplace. It doesn’t sound to bad, but would really like to get your opinion on it. Thanks for any info you can supply me with.
    Cindy T

  43. Lisa on Mon, 27th Sep 2010 8:25 pm
  44. Hi Cindy, It’s a nice place. It’s not as nice as the Hale Koa, and it’s a bit farther away from the beach, but the rooms are good and the price is right.

  45. Judy on Fri, 22nd Oct 2010 4:11 pm
  46. Lisa,
    What island would be best for motorcycling?

  47. Lisa on Fri, 22nd Oct 2010 8:03 pm
  48. Hi Judy, honestly, I never have motorcycled so I don’t know what makes a good motorcycling island .. .if you want to tell me what makes motorcycling good, I’ll pick an island that I think fits 🙂

  49. Rhea Kryger on Fri, 7th Jan 2011 2:39 pm
  50. My son and fiancee will be honeymooning on the Big Island and Kauai the end of April-25 for 9 days-your info is great-and the Hilton sounds wonderful for 2 days-then they want to camp near the volcanoes-is that a good and safe area and can they get what they need on the Island-or take with them? Is the Luau at the hotel a good authentic one-or should they wait til Kauai? Which hotel would you recommend there for 2 nights? A nd they want to camp there too-Which area is the best and which boat trip to see the whales do you recommend-and a quick last hotel before the flight out? Anything they should know about hiking around and leaving everything in the car when camping-which areas to avoid? Appreciate the info! Will keep reading! Rhea Kryger

  51. Lisa on Tue, 11th Jan 2011 5:45 am
  52. Yes, the volcano is safe, but they will be in a national park so they’ll need to sign up to camp there. They can’t just walk in and camp wherever they want. Try Namakani Paio campgrounds. If they can bring equipment, I would.

    the luau at the hotel is good. There’s another hilton on Kauai in Poipu that is nice.

    The humpback whales will probably be gone by the time they get there, but here’s a good guide for other whale sightings http://ilovewhales.com/

  53. MARION on Thu, 3rd Feb 2011 5:13 am

  55. Lisa on Sat, 5th Feb 2011 7:40 pm
  56. Kona, Kona, Kona – that’s really the best place on the Big Island for night life and shopping, although Hilo has some unique, funky options. And it’s all on one strip in Kona, so it’s easy to find and get to.

  57. Grace Middleton on Sun, 20th Feb 2011 3:54 pm
  58. My husband and I are flying to Honolulu in april out of Vancouver B.C. Canada. We will be there for two days staying at the Waikiki Beach Marriott. After this we get on a cruise ship and visit five islands, after that we cruise back to Vancouver. It is our 30th. wedding anniversary and would like to dine at a very good sea food resturant. It has been 30 years since we were last there. await news from you. By the way i just discovered your web site and am enjoing reading it. Thank-you Grace.

  59. Lisa on Sun, 20th Feb 2011 8:10 pm
  60. I like Alan Wong’s, and have to agree with many picks here: http://www.gayot.com/restaurants/best-hawaii-hi-top10-seafoodrestaurants_16hi.html … pick the one that fits your trip the best! Have a great vacation!

  61. John on Tue, 8th Mar 2011 6:44 pm
  62. I want to visit Hawaii for 8 days in August. I am planning to stay in Oahu and maybe take a day trip to Big island to see the volcanoes. is that doable. Can you also talk some about the best and cheapest way to get around the different islands if i decide to take more day trips. Thanks

  63. Lisa on Tue, 8th Mar 2011 7:26 pm
  64. Hi John,

    I talk about it in detail here


    but the short answer is you have to fly and I recommend Hawaiian

    have a great vacation! Lisa

  65. J. Romero on Sat, 2nd Apr 2011 7:51 pm
  66. I want to go to Waikiki, heard its the funnest place for young people to go to… what or where should I fly to?? What’s the closest airport?

  67. Lisa on Sat, 2nd Apr 2011 8:10 pm
  68. Fly into the Honolulu International airport. – HNL

  69. lorna on Mon, 2nd May 2011 4:42 pm
  70. hi lisa !

    looking for advice , im from scotland and want to get married in oahu or maui next sept , anywhere you can recommend ? it will just be the 2 of us so looking for somewhere romantic but not too quiet

  71. Lisa on Mon, 2nd May 2011 5:34 pm
  72. Amy on Sun, 12th Jun 2011 7:30 pm
  73. Hi, we recently decided we are coming to Hawaii for the first time this Oct.2011. We are only going to be here for 8 days and we are for sure planning on staying on Oahu, but can’t decide between the other island we want to go visit since our time is limited. The two islands we are trying to decided between are Kauai and The Big Island. I personally am wanting to stay on the most beautiful i.e. waterfalls, lush plants/trees, etc. My husband wants to see the volcano, but says The Big Island is probably just as pretty. I too wouldn’t mind seeing the volcano, but not sure which would be best. Is it possible to go to 3 islands in the time we have or would that be too much? Any help would be greatly appreciated even if you have any websites with info. Thanks!!

  74. Lisa on Mon, 13th Jun 2011 9:50 pm
  75. It is possible to go to 3 islands in 8 days, but it’s a lot, in my opinion. You could do a day trip from Oahu – fly over, take a helicopter tour or something over the volcano, and fly back in one day. That might be a good option.

  76. kathy smith on Sat, 23rd Jul 2011 12:14 am
  77. We are going to the Big Island August 25th – 31st and would like to swim with the dolphins ?? on kona side. Do you know the best boating company with the highest probability of swimming with the dolphins? Or where the most likely place to find them? Is it more feasible to rent a boat for the day and travel along the coast line? There will be 18-20 people in our group.

    We are renting 2 houses for seven days on the Puna side near the champagne ponds.

    Inaddition, do you recommend a nice inexpensive place to have a small 20 guest wedding ceremony with simple finger foods…

  78. Lisa on Sun, 24th Jul 2011 9:24 pm
  79. This is a pretty good company for swimming with dolphins – I would go with a company.

    Do you want to have the ceremony indoors or outdoors? At a hotel?

  80. Tammy on Fri, 26th Aug 2011 3:56 pm
  81. Hi Lisa!!
    First off, let me say thank you for all the information you have provided, it is very helpful.
    I am planning our first trip to Hawaii for my boyfriend and I and I’m pretty sure we will be going to Oahu. Do you know if it is easy to travel between Oahu and the Big Island without using sea planes? I love to take pictures and would love the oppurtunity to see all the different colored sandy beaches that the big island offers. Also I feel like I am getting overwhelmed with all the activities there are to do, can you recommend a few of your favorites that would be fun for a couples first time to paradise??
    Thank you in advance for all of your help.

  82. Lisa on Sat, 27th Aug 2011 1:08 am
  83. You are welcome! you aren’t going to go on a seaplane – you’ll go on a regular commerical airliner, and that’s your only option. I recommend hawaiian airlines

    If you could make it to the green sand beach that’s pretty cool – and punaluu beach in kau is a cool black sand beach too.

    On Oahu, I like waikiki beach, manoa falls, the north shore, and maybe surfing lessons – plus kailua beach and maybe a kayak outing from there.

  84. yayashome on Tue, 13th Mar 2012 10:35 am
  85. It’s difficult to imagine what it must be like to live in such a beautiful garden as Hawaii is. Thanks for sharing.

  86. Gerry on Wed, 25th Apr 2012 2:42 am
  87. My wife and I (over 50) are thinking about Maui for about 7 days. We are in Connecticut and would like to end our trip in Frisco to visit our daughter. What do you recommend for air travel – NY to San Fran, then a package from there, or no package deal, or some other conbination? I don’t know if packages would have stopovers. We haven’ t read all your travel guides yet, but hope you could point us in the right direction.

  88. Lisa on Fri, 27th Apr 2012 5:43 pm
  89. Well, I like to check Hawaiian airlines http://www.planhawaiivacation.com/go/hawaiian-air.php for their deals and packages, and then check Expedia http://www.planhawaiivacation.com/go/expedia_hotel.php – expedia has a fare compare option that lets you look at most airline’s flights at once. Hawaiian airlines runs specials. I do like packages through either place, they generally do save you money. I talk about that a bit here http://www.planhawaiivacation.com/how-to-take-a-cheap-hawaii-vacation/#package

  90. Gina on Sun, 27th May 2012 1:30 am
  91. I am looking for a day tour from Oahu to the Big Island. We want to see the volcano and experience a lil of the island while on our honeymoon. There are so many tour companies, don’t know how to decide who to go with and what tour to take. Any recommendations?

  92. Lisa on Sun, 27th May 2012 4:10 am
  93. What kind of a tour? Driving? Do you want to take a big bus with other people or a small van or rent your own car or take an airplane or small helicopter?

  94. loremy alvarez on Sun, 25th Aug 2013 6:19 pm
  95. Hello, I’m trying to book a honeymoon for the beginning of December 2013 and would like to know what island you recommend. We want to be able to relax but also enjoy the outdoor activities such as snorkeling. Can you also recommend a good hotel that’s affordable. It will be our first time traveling to Hawaii and I want it to be a memorable. Thank you.

  96. Lisa on Mon, 26th Aug 2013 1:21 am

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