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Where to Hike, Snorkel, Bike, Paddle, Surf


6x9, 256 pages, softbound, fifth edition, published January 2013
ISBN-10: 0978637143 ISBN-13: 978-0978637149, $18.95


A guide to 317 Hawaiian recreational adventures—suitable for families and outdoor extremists alike. Trailblazer covers all of the island, with 69 activity trailheads featuring easy-fo-follow directions.

The authors have spent years exploring Kaua'i, and it shows. A Resource Links section gives visitor information and cultural contacts, recommended recreational outfitters, museums and attractions, Hawaiiana shops and hula shows, as well as a hand-picked list of restaurants and places to stay. Safety precautions and traveling tips are not to be overlooked, and a Best Of section lets you select among activities to suit your mood..

  • 119 hikes and strolls to mountain ridges, tropical gardens, beaches, jungle, coves, reefs, historic landmarks and ancient ruins, swamps, craters, forests, coastal bluffs and tidal pools, towns, canyons, waterfalls and river valleys.
  • 68 beaches, including 22 reachable only by trail.
  • 42 snorkeling pools, both the island favorites and hidden coves.
  • 61 mountain bike rides along forests, ridges, coastal, towns and countryside trails.
  • 27 kayaking waters: 13 rivers and streams, 14 bays and lagoons.
  • 36 surfing spots, including the best places to watch.
  • 10 maps and 175 photographs including a new four-page color insert.

Driving Tours, featuring heiaus, wildlife sanctuaries, cultural and historical sites, tourist attractions and natural wonders. Appendices of Hawaiian words, place names, movie locations, hula performances, farmer's markets, weather, flora, history.

Veteran travel writers Jerry and Janine Sprout have been exploring Hawaii and the American West for more than twenty years. They have lived on all the Hawaiian Islands and personally hiked and photographed all the places in this book, selected the accommodations and restaurants. Their books have been featured in Sunset and Islands magazines, the Honolulu Star Bulletin and the San Francisco Chronicle. They have authored three other best-selling Hawaiian guides—for Oahu, Maui, and the big island of Hawaii—a Hawaii planning guide, No Worries Hawaii, as well as their classic Alpine SierraTrailblazer which covers the area from Tahoe to Yosemite, and Golden Gate Trailblazer, for San Francisco and Marin.




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Kauai Trailblazer is a sister book to Alpine Sierra Trailblazer, Golden Gate Trailblazer, Maui Trailblazer, Hawaii Big Island Trailblazer, Oahu Trailblazer, and No Worries Hawaii.