Is there any travel destination in the world that is more documented than Hawaii? That is an arguable topic, but this is not. Out of the millions of guide books out there on Hawaii, the books in the “Revealed” series are the only ones you need. This four book series covers Oahu, Kauai, Maui, and Hawaii (The Big Island). The book on Maui covers Molokai and Lanai as well.
I had the experience of living in Hawaii for five years without ever having traveled there as a tourist beforehand. This is when I learned exactly how much money there is to be had in the tourist industry. There are many people out there who have a lot of money at stake based on whether or not you buy something from them, whether it is a product, food, or an experience. The “Revealed” series is different as it is written by locals who want you to experience the real Hawaii and not what the travel agents want you to. Here are just a few reasons to buy the “Revealed” series guide books.
Don’t Get Scammed!!
Certain guides, whether on paper or in person, are paid to steer you in a direction that will have you emptying your pockets faster than you can say wiki wiki. Let me give you an example. When I first arrived on Oahu, I shared a house with some people in the back of Manoa Valley, a sleepy town wrapped in the Ko’olau Mountains that at its mouth housed the University of Hawai’i. In the back of that valley you can drive, bike or walk to an small parking area and then hike a fairly short and easy hike up to Manoa Falls, a fairly nice reward for such an easy hike. Totally Free!! Fast forward to a hike up the famed Diamond Head and while staring down at Honolulu with several tourists who happened to hike up the same day and there was a guy named “Matt, from Matt’s travels.” Well, “Matt” started working the crowd, saying how his company would take people back into the “Hawaiian Jungle” to guide people up to Manoa Falls in a “rare opportunity” for only $300 per person. I laughed out loud at the absurdity of this guy who must have known I was on to his secret as he slithered out of the area. When I left, I saw him again at the bottom of the trail with 5-6 people signing up for his “tour of the jungle.” Wow. $300 for a free activity that might cost you $5 if you decided to drive yourself and park at the trail head. A quick glance at “Oahu Revealed” and you can easily avoid this trap.
Local Info is KING in Hawaii
The term “local” in Hawaii means a ton! It means you are part of the in crowd, the non-tourists, the “I grew here you flew here” crowd. In Hawaii, everyone strives to be local because there are so many tourists wandering around without a clue, you don’t want to get caught committing a major faux pa. The “Revealed” Series wont let that happen. These guides are written by locals to get you off of the beaten path and out of the tourist traps. We aren’t talking “go to this park and pick from five hiking trails” type of info. We are talking about “The trail head starts when you see a pink ribbon tied to a tree and the word “start” scratched into the tree” type info. It is insanely detailed. For example on the road to Hana in Maui, my friends and I were able to identify small little pull offs that you then hike down to a hidden pool with a waterfall that you can’t see from the road. My friends and I had it all to ourselves as several cars passed on by above us. Insanely good guidance and an unforgettable experience. Many times the only people we ran into were others with the iconic blue covered books themselves.
Affordable, Sound Advice
Retailing for about $15 a piece, the value you will gain and the money you will save will far outweigh the cost of these books, many times over. Now in their 5th edition, the “Revealed” series has been a trusted source of Hawaiian information for many years. I implore you that if you are going to Hawaii anytime soon, or even researching the possibility of going to Hawaii, this is your starting point. Don’t become a victim of travel agents, tourist traps and inflated prices. Make a small investment in these guide books, do your reading and research, and go have the trip of a lifetime. Everyone should make the pilgrimage at least once in their lives to this enchanting place. Let these books reveal to you, the real Hawaii.
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